|| pt. 1. Liberty of conscience: Absolute liberty: the life and thought of William Popple, 1638-1708 -- Faith and freedom (ca. 1677-1729) -- pt. 2. Political systems: Influence or coincidence -a question for students of Machiavelli? -- Selden's pills: state oaths in England, 1558-1714 -- "The being of the king and kingdom": Andrew Marvell's concept of English politics and constitution, 1665-1678 -- "Discordant parties": a study of the acceptance of party by Englishmen -- Why the English Parliament survived the age of absolutism: some explanations offered by writers of the 17th and 18th centuries -- pt. 3. Strenuous Whigs: "When it is that colonies may turn independent": an analysis of the environment and politics of Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746) -- The strenuous Whig, Thomas Hollis of Lincoln's Inn -- Library of liberty -assembled for Harvard College by Thomas Hollis of Lincoln's Inn -- Thomas Hollis in his Dorsetshire retirement -- An active and intelligent antiquary, Governor Thomas Pownall -- pt. 4. Revolutionary America: Algernon Sidney's Discourses concerning government: textbook of revolution -- The pursuit of happiness -- Rights and grievances at Carpenter's Hall, 5 September -26 October 1774 -- The rage for going to America.