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rious proofs of meanness and tergiversalion, lord Holland lost his head by the sentence of that court which had condemned their sovereign to die.
Mr. Reed considers the earl of Holland as a man remarkably selfish in his temper, and of a disposition rather cunning and penetrating than brave or open ; and this inference is partly deduced from his illiberal contest with the duke of Newcastle ; a particular account of which may be seen in the Biographia Dramatica
The official tracts which make this nobleman rank as an author, are the two which follow :
« The Lord of Holland's Letter from Yorke, the 13 of this instant Moneth of August: to the Honorable Lords of Parliament,” 1641, 4to.
“A Declaration made to the Kingdome, by Henry Earl of Holland." Lond. 1643, 4lo.
The former of these relates to the disbanding of certain regiments of horse, and the latter appears to have been written as an apology for leaving the king and returning to the parliament; but neither of them appears of sufficient interest to furnish a literary extract 8.]
; Vol. i. p. 61.
& I take this opportunity of mentioning, that there is a tract in the British Museum with the following title, which is nearly as unintelligible as the contents of the book, at least to the uninitiated: “A. Z. The Earle of Holland, Chief of Adepts; his five and twenty Yeares Wonder-Revelation, from the Yeare 1660 untill the Yeare 1685. Printed at Amsterdam for the Author, 1684.” This chief of adepts may have been a mystic of the Swedenborgian class.