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denied the divine right of the clergy to tithes, they were naturally much alarmed, and a complaint was preferred to the king, who was likewise so incensed, that the author was prosecuted in the High-commission-court; and obliged to acknowledge in a solemn manner, that he had been guilty of a fault in publishing that history. The book was likewise suppressed, and he was prohibited from printing any thing in its defence.
11. The history of Eadmer, 1623. The Latin title is, Spicilegium in Eadmeri seu Libros Historiarum; and consists of explanatory notes upon that author. The laws of the Conqueror in this book, Dr. Nicholson observes, are wretchedly translated. These, however, were afterwards published more correctly by sir Henry Spelman. Dr. Brady also published them with an English version, in his Introduction to the Old English History. But the last edition is that of Dr. David Wilkins, in his edition of the Anglo-Saxon Laws. 12. Commentaries
the Arundelian Marbles, 1628. Sir Robert Cotton, as is well known, had brought these monuments of antiquity, the year before, from Constantinople, and placed them in his house and gardens in the Strand. But on their removal to Oxford, considerable errors were discovered in Selden's account of them. A new and more correct edition therefore was printed of this book, by order of the university; and a third edition has been since published by Michael Mattaire.
13. De Jure Naturali et Gentiam, jurta Disciplinam Hebræorum, 1634.
14. Uror Hebraica; sive de Nuptiis et Dirortiis er Jure civili, id est dirino et Thalmudico veterum Hebræorum; libri tres. First published in 1616.
15. A Defence of the King's Dominion over the British Seas, 1636.
16 A Discourse concerning the Rights and Privileges of the Subjects, in a Conference desired by the Lords, and had by a Committee of both Houses in the year 1628.
17. The Privileges of the Baronage of England, when they sit in Parliament, 1628,
13. A brief Discourse concerning the Power of Peers and Commoners in Parliament in point of Judicature, 1628.
19. De Anno Civili et Calendario Judaico, 1644.
20. Fleta seu Commentarius Juris Anglicani sic nuncupatus, 1647.
21. De Synedriis et Præfecturis Hebræorum, 1650.
22. A Preface to the Decem Scriptores Anglicanæ; containing an account of those writers, with Remarks upon their respective Histories, in folio, 1652.
These ten writers are:
23. Vindicia secundum Integritatem Existsmatonis suæ, c.
Several pieces were also published after his death; but they are not of great consequences and as the genuineness of several of them has been doubted, they deserve not a particular enumeration. I shall therefore observe only, that an edition of his works was published by Dr. David Wilkins, in three volumes, folio, 1725; containing several speeches, arguments, debates, and letters, never before printed.
The last piece in Wilkins's edition, is en titled, Table Talk, being a collection of miscellaneous observations on a great variety of subjects, a few of which I shall select. They are commonly amusing, often instructive; and are better adapted, perhaps, for extraction, than any other part of his works.
1. Tis the trial of a man to see if he will change his side; and if he be so weak as to change once, he will change again. Your country fellows have a way to try if a man be weak in the hams, by coming behind him, and giving him a blow unawares; if he bend once, he will bend again.
2. The lords that fall from the king, after they have got estates by base ffattery at court, and now pretend conscience, do as a vintner, that when he first sets up, you may bring your wench to his house, and do your things there; but when he grows rich, he turns conscientious, and will sell no wine uponi the sabbath day.
3. Colonel Goring serving first the one side, and then the other, did like a good miller, that knows how to grind which way soever the wind sits.
4. After Luther had made a combustion in Germany about religion, he was sent to by the pope to be taken off, and offered any preferment in the church that he would make choice of; Luther answered, if he had offered half so much at first, he would have accepted it; but now he had gone so far, he could not come back. In truth, he had made himself a greater thing than they could make him; the German princes courted him: he was become the author of a sect ever after to be called Lutherans. So have our preachers done that are against the bishops; they have made themselves greater with the people, than they can be made the other
and therefore there is the less charity probably in bringing them off. Charity to strangers is enjoined in the text. By strangers is there understood, those that are not of our own kind; strangers to your blood, not those you cannot tell whence they come; that is, be charitable to your neighbours whom you know to be honest people.
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