John Bellers



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Excerpt from the conclusion of Beller's argument for an European state: "The judicious sayings, of Henry the 4th of France, show him to be a Prince of great sense, and the Multitude of difficulties her surmounted, of great Courage, but no one thing bespeaks the excellency of his Mind, more than his great Desire, for the Uniting of Christendom.

His excluding the Muscovites, and the Ottomans out of it, I take as a Complement to the See of Rome.

For as nothing makes Nations, and People more Barbarous than War; so Peace must be the first step, to fit Mankind for Religion: War is destruction, and puts Men (they think) under a necessity of doing those things, which in a time of Peace, they would account cruel, and horrid.

The Muscovites are Christians, and the Mahometans Men, and have the same faculties and reason as other Men, they only want the same Opportunities, and Applications of their Understandings, to be the same men: But to beat their Brains out, to put sense into them, is a great Mistake, and would leave Europe, too much in a state of War; whereas, the greater will be the Peace on Earth, and good will among Men.

The Bishop writes, among other helps, this King Henry had gained all the god Pen's in Christendom, as chusing, rather to perswade, then force People: But I have seen nothing upon this subject, but what that Author faith, and what hath been Writ by the Eminent and Accomplished Gentleman, William Penn Efq; Governour of Pensilvania. *But if any Gentleman, knows of any other Authors on the subject. A publick Advertisement of them, would tend the more to Illustrate this great Design, and stir up many Worthies in the several Kingdoms and States, of Europe, that would contribute their assistance, towards such a happy Day in Europe.

John Bellers.

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Some Reasons for an European State, Proposed to the Powers of Europe, by an Universal Guarantee, and an Annual Congress, Senate, Dyet, or Parliament, to Settle Any Disputes About the Bounds and Rights of Princes and States Hereafter...