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LONDON:

Printed by James Bettenham,
For A. BETTESWORTH and C. HITCH, and
C. DAVIS in Pater-nofter-Row.

MDCCXXXVII.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

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R. FLETCHER never wrote for a party; and his writings therefore ought to laft: Being scarce, they are collected with that regard which is due to his great judgment and fince

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From a *MS. in the Library of the late THOMAS RAWLINSON, Efq;

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NDREW FLETCHER of Saltoun, is a Gentleman of a good eftate in Scotland, attended with the improvement of a

* 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 Minifters, and Nobility and Gentry of Scotland before the Union of the two Kingdoms.

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good education. He was knight of the fhire for Lothian to that parliament, where the Duke of York was Commiffioner in the reign of King Charles II. and openly oppofed the arbitrary defigns of that Prince, and the fatal bill of Acceffion; which obliged him wifely to retire, firft to England, and then to Holland.

The Duke of York could not forgive his behaviour in that parliament; they fummoned him to appear at Edinburgh, which he not daring to do, was declared traitor, and his eftate confifcated: he retired to Hungary, and served several campaigns under the Duke of Lorrain: be returned to Holland after the death of King Charles II. and came over to England with the Duke. A 3 of

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