4 what Methods have since been taken to provide not only for their Payment, but to prevent the like Mischief for the Time to come. Although, in an Age like ours, I can expect very few impartial Readers, yet I shall strictly follow Truth, or what reasonably appeared to me to be such, after the most impartial Inquiries I could make, and the best Opportunities of being informed by those who were the principal Actors or Advisers.

Neither shall I mingle Panegyrick or Satire with an History intended to inform Posterity, as well as to instruct those of the present Age, who may be ignorant or misled; since Facts, truly related, are the best Applauses, or most lasting Reproaches.

Discourses upon Subjects relating to the Publick, usually seem to be calculated for London only, and some few Miles about it; while the Authors suppose their Readers to be informed of several Particulars, to which those that live remote are, for the generality, utter Strangers. Most People who frequent this Town, acquire a Sort of smattering (such as it is), which qualifies them for reading a Pamphlet, and finding out what is meant by Inuendoes or Hints at Facts or Persons, initial Letters of Names, wherein Gentlemen at a Distance, although perhaps of much better Understandings, are wholly in the Dark: wherefore, that these Memoirs may be rendered more generally intelligible and