Excerpt from Eikon Basilike: The Pourtraicture of His Sacred Majestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings
Yet, although not generally known till some time afterwards, at the very period of the issue of these letters patent by Charles II. His father's claim to the authorship of the book was again being called in question - not openly, but secretly, not by the late King's enemies, but by his pretended friend. The nature of this attack is at once so audacious and so subtle that more than one historian has yielded to its force, and has in turn made use of the same weapon to weaken, if not altogether to destroy, the confidence of posterity in the royal autobiography. But Dr. Wordsworth was not so easily overcome. He grap pled with the difficulty in an exhaustive collection of tracts on the subject; he stated with candour every circumstance which may be urged in favour of the rival claim, compared the evidence, and drew his own conclusion. We will not trespass on the patience of the reader by following the indefatigable writer through the maze of contemporary controversy, but will endeavour to give a brief summary of those points upon which the real issue of the question may be said to depend.
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