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in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

Not a Royalist thereby not a peep in the L&M Companion.
Algernon Sydney (or Sidney), (January 1623 – December 7, 1683), was an English politician, an opponent of King Charles II of England.
A son of the Earl of Leicester, and the great-nephew of Sir Philip Sidney, he is thought to have been born at Penshurst Place in Kent. During the English Civil War, he joined the army of Parliament, but became critical of Oliver Cromwell's leadership.
While writing Court Maxims (1665-6) he was negotiating with Dutch and French for support for a republican invasion of England. Following the Restoration of the monarchy, he went into exile, returning in 1677. ........
In 1683, he was implicated in the Rye House Plot, and was found guilty of treason and executed.
His writings were collected and published posthumously under various titles:
Discourses on Government
Discourses Concerning Government ........(which is the origin of the phrase "God helps those who help themselves").
Discourses Concerning Civil Government
[ read at chp 3 ...........

SECTION 1. Kings not being fathers of their People, nor excelling all others in Virtue, can have no other just Power than what the Laws give; nor any title to the privileges of the Lord's Anointed.]




Wim van der Meij  •  Link

Warrington added that he was one of the ambassadors sent to Sweden and Denmark by Cromwell.

Bill  •  Link

Algernon Sidney, who saw and deplored the abuses of regal power, wrote much, and, as some think, much to the purpose, for republican government. He did not only write from his judgment, he also wrote from his heart; and has informed his reader of what he felt, as well as what he knew. He was so far from thinking resistance unlawful, that he actually entered into cabals for restraining the exorbitancies of the crown. He was tried and condemned for conspiring the death of the king, by a packed jury and an infamous judge. Only one witness appeared against him, but his papers on government were deemed equivalent to another. He had in these asserted, that power is delegated from the people to the prince, and that he is accountable to them for the abuse of it. This was not only looked upon as treason, but blasphemy against the vicegerents of the great Governor of the world. Though he was haughty and overbearing in his behaviour, perhaps none in this reign died more lamented, except the good and popular lord Russel. He was regarded as the second martyr to patriotism. He was executed Dec. 7, 1683.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1775.

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