The ruthless times of the later Stuarts can never be forgotten by anyone who takes an interest in the history of human freedom and the growth of law.

The extraordinary prosecutions for what was called Treason-not unfrequently Treason ex post facto, only-almost always resulting in a bloody death, were and are an object-lesson which cannot be too strongly impressed upon the minds of all who love freedom of thought and action. The times were cruel, the authorities from the King down disregardful of everything but control of men and money, and the gallant resistance of the few was an enobling spectacle, without which the world would not only be less free, but also less spiritual.

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