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1844 edition. Excerpt: ...religion, into the hands of the Spaniard,
by sending his son with the Duke of Buckingham to Madrid, to fetch
home the infanta; a piece of confidence that the " Solomon of the
age" should not have been guilty of. When the prince was gone, it
is said that Archy, the king's fool, clapped his cap upon the
king's head. The king asking him the reason, he answered, because
he had sent the prince into Spain. But, says his majesty, What if
he should come back safe? Why, then, says Archy, I will take my cap
off from your head, and put it on the King of Spain's.t The
Spaniards gave out that the design of the prince's journey was to
reconcile himself to the Church of Rome. It is certain the pope
wrote to the Bishop of Conchen to lay hold of this opportunity to
convert him, t and directed a most persuasive letter to the prince
himself to the same purpose, dated April 20, 1623, which the prince
answered June 20, in a very obliging manner, giving the pope the
title of the Most Holy Father, and encouraging him to expect that,
when he came to the crown, there should be but one religion in his
dominions, seeing, says he, that both Catholics and Protestants
believe in one Jesus Christ. He was strongly solicited to change
his religion by some of the first quality, and by the most learned
priests and Jesuits, who caressed his highness with speeches,
dedicated books to him, invited him to their processions, and gave
him a view of their most magnificent churches and relics; by which
artifices, though he was not converted, he was confirmed in his
resolution of attempting a coalition of the two Fuller, b. x., p.
106. t Rapin, vol. ii., p. 226, the note, folio edit. t Wilson, p.
230; Rapin, vol. ii., p. 221, folio edit. churches; for the
attempting of which he...
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