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THE ACCESSION OF HENRY VIII. TO THE PRESENT TIME.
A New Edition,
RE-ARRANGED AND ENRICHED WITH SEVERAL
REV. FRANCIS WRANGHAM, M.A. F.R.S.
OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
IN SIX VOLUMES.
Triumph, my Britain! Thou hast those to show,
(Æsch. ‘E71, E76 @nb. 431.)
BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY, PATERNOSTER ROW.
FOURTH VOLUME. .
SIR MATTHEW HALE.*
It has been considered as no small argument in favour of Christianity, that it has found among its ablest defenders those, who cannot be supposed to have been influenced by any other motive than a conviction of it's truth. To the objections of the infidel, founded upon the selfishness of it's general advocates, not only the learning and the genius, but (perhaps, still more) the disinterestedness of Newton, and Boyle, and Locke have invariably supplied a powerful answer. May it not then be esteemed a considerable advantage to the cause, to be able to include the name of Sir Matthew Hale in this illustrious list? His admirable sagacity and strict impartiality in the investigation of truth, and his habitual
* AUTHORITIES. General Biographical Dictionary; Biographia Britannica; Burnet's Life of Hale; and Thirlwall's Edition of his Moral and Religious Works.' VOL. IV,