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Be these the men, that are so mild!

whom some so holy call!
The LORD defend our noble Queen

and country from them all!

T. D.


Imprinted at London, by THOMAS ORW1N

and THOMAS GUBBIN; and are to be

sold in Paternoster Row, over

against the Black Raven,


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Pige 1. — Who was the first King that instituted the High Court of Parliament: "The composition and powers were developed in the 13 th and 14th centuries. The right of representation from shires and towns from 1295. Edward I declared in 1295, 'What effected all should have the consent of all' and called a complete representative assembly of all estates of the realm."—Skottowe, Short History of Parliament.

Page 2.—Thomas Cole is mentioned by Coates, in the "History of Reading," as the Rich Clothier of Reading. Fuller in the "Worthies of England" acknowledges that Cole was an eminent clothier, but believes that the "Pleasant History of Thomas of Reading" is mostly fiction. "Tradition and an authorless pamphlet make him a man of vast wealth, maintaining an hundred and forty menial servants in his house, besides three hundred poor people whom he set on work; insomuch that his wains with cloth filled the highway betwixt Reading and London, to the stopping of King Henry the First in his progress; who notwithstanding (for the encouraging of his subjects' industry) gratified the said Cole, and all his profession, with the set measure of a yard, the said king

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