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    [Protestant Reformation]. Prince George of Denmark. Glorious Revolution Broadside. November 1688. One page. Octavo. Measures 9 x 8.25 inches. This fascinating letter transcribes the text of Prince George of Denmark to his father-in-law James II of England, informing him that he has deserted him for Prince William of Orange who was soon to become King William I.

    Titled "Prince George's Letter to the KING," the broadside reads in part: "With a Heart full of Grief am I forced to write, that Prudence will not permit me to say to your Face. And may I e'er find Credit with your Majesty, and Protection from Heaven, as what I now do is free from Passion, Vanity or Design...I am not ignorant of the frequent Mischiefs wrought in the World by factious Pretences of Religion; but were not Religion the most justifiable Cause, I would not be made for the most specious Pretence. And your Majesty has always shewn too uninterested a Science of Religion, to doubt the just Effects of it in one whose Practices have, I hope, never given the World cause to censure his real Conviction of it; or his backwardness to perform what his Honour and Conscience prompt him to; how then can I longer disguise my just concern for that Religion, in which I have been so happily educated, which my Judgment thoroughly convinces me to be the best; and for the Support of which I am so highly interested in my Native Country; and is not England now, by the most endearing Tye become so. Whist restless Spirits of the Enemies of the REFORMED RELIGION, back'd by the Cruel Zeal, and Prevailing Power of France...unite all the Protestant Princes of Christendom, and engage them in so vast an Expence for the Support of it, can I act so degenerous and mean a part, as to deny my Concurrence to such worthy Endeavors for disabusing of your majesty by the Reinforcement of those Laws, and Establishment of that Government, on which alone depends the Well being of your Majesty, and of the PROTESTANT RELIGION in Europe..." Dampstaining. Two folds. Moderate toning and wear around the edges. Very good condition. A wonderful broadside from a crucial point in English history.


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