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MR

R. FLETCHER never

wrote for a party; and his writings therefore ought to last: Being fcarce, they are collected with that regard which is due to his great judgment and sincerity.

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THOMAS RAWLINSON, Esq;

Af Saltoun, is a Gentleman

NDREW FLETCHER

of Saltoun, is a Gentleman of a good estate in Scotland, attended with the improvement of

* Intitled, Short political Characters of the chief of the Lords and Commons of England, of the then Ministry, and the most noted Officers both by Sea and Land: Of the foreign Ministers, and Nobility and Gentry of Scotland before the Union of the two Kingdoms.

good good education. He was knight of the fire for Lothian to that para liament, where the Duke of York was Commisroner in the reign of King Charles II. and openly opposed the arbitrary designs of that Prince, and the fatal bill of Acceffion; which obliged him wisely to retire, first to England, and then to Holland.

The Duke of York could not forgive his behaviour in that parliament ; they summoned him to appear at Edinburgh, which he not daring to do, was declared traitor, and his eftate confiscated': he retired to Hungary, and served several campaigns under the Duke of Lorrain : he returned to Holland after. the death of King Charles II. and came over to England with the Duke

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