Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England: From the Earliest Times Till the Reign of Queen Victoria, Volum 3


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Side 123 - But farther, it is an assured truth, and a conclusion of experience, that a little or superficial knowledge of philosophy may incline the mind of man to atheism, but a farther proceeding therein doth bring the mind back again to religion ; for in the entrance of philosophy, when the second causes, which are next unto the senses, do offer themselves to the mind of man, if it dwell and stay there, it may induce some oblivion of the highest cause...
Side 339 - That the Commons of England in Parliament assembled do declare, that the People are, under God, the original of all just power...
Side 55 - Nine years ! cries he, who high in Drury Lane, Lulled by soft zephyrs through the broken pane, Rhymes ere he wakes, and prints before term ends, Obliged by hunger, and request of friends: 'The piece, you think, is incorrect ? why take it, I'm all submission, what you'd have it, make it.
Side 55 - Men in great place are thrice servants: servants of the sovereign or state; servants of fame; and servants of business. So as they have no freedom; neither in their persons, nor in their actions, nor in their times. It is a strange desire, to seek power and to lose liberty: or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man's self.
Side 4 - Whereupon I replied to that allotment, and said to their lordships, That it was an old matter, and had no manner of coherence with the rest of the charge, being matters of Ireland : and therefore, that I having been wronged by bruits before, this would expose me to them more; and it would be said I gave in evidence mine own tales.
Side 117 - It is good also not to try experiments in States, except the necessity be urgent or the utility evident ; and well to beware that it be the reformation that draweth on the change, and not the desire of change that pretendeth the reformation.
Side 112 - My conceit of his person was never increased toward him by his place, or honours, but I have and do reverence him, for the greatness that was only proper to himself, in that he seemed to me ever, by his work, one of the greatest men, and most worthy of admiration, that had been in many ages. In his adversity I ever prayed that God would give him strength ; for greatness he could not want.
Side 6 - I am not so simple but that I take a prospect of mine overthrow; only I thought I would tell you so much, that you may know that it was faith, and not folly that brought me into it, and so I will pray for you.
Side 2 - Cousin, I hear it, but I believe it " not, that you should do some ill office to my lord " of Essex ; for my part I am merely passive, and " not active in this action; and I follow the queen, " and that heavily, and I lead her not; my lord of " Essex is one that in nature I could...
Side 89 - Upon advised consideration of the charges," said he, "descending into my own conscience, and calling my memory to account so far as I am able, I do plainly and ingenuously confess that I am guilty of corruption, and do renounce all defence.

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