This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1787 edition. Excerpt: ...willing to sight than to negotiate His superiority in numbers, however, gave him the manifest advantage over his rebellious subjects, whb were no way slow in marching to give him battle But Charles, who inherited the peaceable disposition of his father, was unwilling to come to extremities, although a blow then struck with vigour might have prevented many of his succeeding misfortunes. Instead of sighting with his opponents, he entered upon a treaty with them; so that a suspension of arms was soon agreed upon, and a treaty of peace concluded, which neither side intended to observe 5 and then both parties agreed to disband their forces. This 'step step of disbanding the army was a fatal measure to Charles, as he could not levy a new army without great labour and expence; while the Scottish insurgents, who were all volunteers in the service, could be mustered again at pleasure. Of this the heads of the malcontents 'seemed sensible; for they lengthened out the negotiations with affected difficulties, and threw in obstructions, in proportion as they.were consident of their own superiority. At length, after much altercation, and many treaties signed and broken, both parties once more had recourse to arms, and nothing but blood could satiate the contenders. War being thus resolved on, the king took every method as before for raising money to support it. Ship-money was levied as usual; some other arbitrary taxes were exacted from the reluctant people with great severity; but one method of raising the supplies reflects immortal honour on those who contributed. The counsellors and servants of the crown lent 'the king whatever sums they could spare, and distressed their private fortunes to gratify their sovereign. These were the resources of the crown to...