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132. 3'The Journal of Sir Simonds D'Ewes, ed. Willson Havelock Coates, (New Haven, 1942), p. 248. Sir A rthur Hesilrige 33 1 drawing the bill, made a strong speech in its defense. 31 No doubt Hesilrige, St. John, Strode, and others who spoke strongly in favor of this bill sincerely desired its passage, but for the moderates such as D'Ewes who supported them, it was enough that the existence of the militia bill could serve as a threat to force the Lords into passing the far milder impressment bill.

From 1668 to the outbreak of the next war in 1672, the prince was actively involved in building up a system of continental alliances against France, a pattern he was also to follow after the war. 18 He was especially suited for these negotiations as he was the distant relation of the Danish ruler, and the first cousin of the Great Elector, Frederick William of Brandenburg-Prussia. '9 X4Clayton Roberts, The Growth of Responsible Government in Stuart England (Camn- bridge, 1966), pp. 176-77. 15H.

55 He made similar statements to King Charles. When Louis XIV defeated the Dutch at Cassel and rounded out France's northern frontier, Rupert, Arlington, and Williamson warned Charles II that France posed too much of a danger to Europe for England to continue to be allied with her. They pointed out that trade with Spain was of far greater profit to England than trade with France, a telling argument for a king who needed the income from customs revenues. 57 He assured them that the meeting of Parliament on April 29 would show King Charles' resoluteness as an ally.

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