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*To the Right Honourable

SIR HENRY BENNET, BARON OF ARLINGTON.

My Lord,

I present your Lordship with four short dialogues concerning the memorable civil war in his Majesty’s dominions from 1640 to 1660. The first contains the seed of it, certain opinions in divinity and politics. The second hath the growth of it in declarations, remonstrances, and other writings between the King and Parliament published. The two last are a very short epitome of the war itself, drawn out of Mr. Heath’s chronicle. There can be nothing more instructive towards loyalty and justice than will be the memory, while it lasts, of that war. Your Lordship may do with it what you please. I petition not to have it published. But I pray your Lordship not to desist to be favourable as you have been, to me that am,

My Lord,

Your Lordship’s most humble and obliged servant,

THOMAS HOBBES.*