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Preliminary Articles of Peace between the French Republic and the Ottoman
Note from the Hanoverian Ministry to the Prussian Counsellor Van Dohm
IN GREAT BRITAIN,
DURING THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES II.
'HE anecdotes of a civil war are the history of destruction in all ages the mob have vented their hatred to tyrants on the pomp of tyranny; the magnificence which the people once have envied, they love to demolish; and, mistaking consequences for causes, the first objects of their fury are the palaces of their masters: if religion is thrown into the dispute, the most innocent acts are catalogued with sins. This was the case in the contests between Charles the First and his parliament; as he had blended love of the fine arts with a lust of power, scrupulosity and ignorance were adopted into the creed which comprised the liberties of the subject. By the presbyterians, painting was considered idolatry; monuments were deemed pride; and an ornamented cathedral supposed to be alike prohibited by Magna Charta and the Bible. The restoration of royalty brought back the artsbut not taste. Charles the Second had a turn to mechanics 1801.