court did the rest of those her pious works, for which she is now fallen from the stars with Lucifer. Whereby you may guess what kind of state prudence, what love of the people, what care of religion, or good manners there was at the contriving although with singular hypocrisy it pre- tended to bind books to their good behavior. And how it got the upper hand of your precedent order so well con- stituted before, if we may believe those men whose pro- fession gives them cause to inquire most, it may be doulDted there was in it the fraud of some old patentees and monopo- lizers in the trade of book-selling ; who under pretence of the poor in their company not to be defrauded, and the just re- taining of each man his several copy, which .God forbid should be gainsaid, brought divers glozing colors" to the house, which were indeed but colors, and serving to no end except it be to exercise a superiority over their neighbors, men who do not therefore labor in an honest profession to which learning is indebted, that they should be made other men's vassals. Another end is thought was aimed at by some of them in procuring by petition this order, that hav- ing power in their hands, malignant^*^ books might the easier escape abroad, as the event shows. But of these sophisms and clenchs of merchandise I skill not r^*" This I know, that errors in a good government and in a bad are equally almost incident -^"^ for what magistrate may not be misinformed, and much the sooner, if liberty of printing be reduced into the power of a few, but to redress willingly and speedily what hath been erred, and in highest authority to esteem a plain advertisement more than others have done a sumptuous bribe, is a virtue (honored Lords and Commons) answerable to^^ your highest actions, and whereof none can participate but greatest and wisest men.
"' Plausible pretexts. " Royalist. "^ I have no knowledge of these tricks of trade and the exposure of them. ^^ Liable to occur. ""• Consistent with.