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2. part of the Country committed to His care; thus every Man had His post assign'd for the Common Security, & as a further provision, He kept a chosen ^ [[addition]] number [[/addition]] of West Saxons & Britons near His person. To raise higher the Martial Spirit of the People He revis'd an antient Saxon Custom of girding Young Gentlemen of a proper Age with a Sword which was done with great Solemnity; thus far from apprehending any danger in Arming His Subjects, He did His utmost to make them a Nation of Warriors, proud at being the King of a free People, His whole care was employ'd to keep them So; for fond of Liberty, He wish'd to have all free as their own thoughts, an Expression He himself makes use of