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THE

LIVES

OF

THE LORD CHANCELLORS

AND

KEEPERS OF THE GREAT SEAL

OF

ENGLAND;

FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TILL THE REIGN OF

KING GEORGE IV.

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CONTENTS

His Disposition, 25. Made a Peer and Knight of the Garter, 26. Executor of

Henry VIII., 26. Protector's Difficulty in disposing of Great Seal, 26. Marquess

of Winchester made Lord Keeper, 27. His incompetency as a Judge, 27. Resigns

the Great Seal, 27. Made Lord Treasurer, 28. Presides at Trial of Duke of

Somerset, 28. Rulings at this Trial, 28. Conduct of the Marquess of Winchester

on Accession of Queen Mary, 29. On Accession of Queen Elizabeth, 29. His

Death and Character, 29. His Descendants, 29.

CHAPTER XXXVIII.

LIFE OF LORD CHANCELLOR RICH.

His mercantile Descent, 30. Birth, 31. Early Profligacy, 31. Professional Progress,

31. His infamous Conduct on Trials of Bishop Fisher and Sir Thomas More, 31.

Office of Chirographer conferred upon him, 32. Elected Speaker of the House of

Commons, 32. Made Chancellor of Court of Augmentations, 32. His religious

indifference, 32. Paymaster of the Army, 32. Assists in Persecution of Lutherans

and Roman Catholics, 33. Foments Dispute between Wriothesley, and Somerset,

33. Made a Peer, 33 His Title, 33. His Disappoiniment, 33. Appointed Lord

Chancellor, 33. His Conduct as a Judge, 34. He passes Patent, giving Precedence
to Somerset with a non obstante, 34. A Parliament, 35. Wholesome Laws passed

35. Reformation of Religion, 35. Quarrel between the protector and his Brother

Lord Seymour, 36. Lord Seymour committed to the Tower, 37. Bill of Attainder

against him, 37. His Execution, 38. Misconduct of the Protector, 33. Perplex-

ities of Lord Chancellor Rich, 38. His Conduct on the Fall of Somerset, 38.

Takes Part with Warwick, 39. Proceedings against Somerset, 39. Lord Chan-

cellor burns Anabaptists and Arians, 40. Bis Visit to the Princess Mary, 41.

Trepidation of the Lord Chancellor, 41. Somerset's plot against Northumberland,

42. "Trial of Somerset, 42. Lord Chancellor feigns sickness, 43. Lord Chancel-

lor Rich flees from public Life, 43. His Retreat, 43. His rapid Recovery, 44.

Dies forgotten, 44. His Descendants, 44. His Character, 44.

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