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PREFACE.

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This Volume contains I. THEOLOGICAL TRACTS. 1. Prayers.

1. A Prayer, or Psalm, made by

the Lord Bacon, Chancellor of

England
2. A Prayer made by the Lord Chan-

cellor Bacon
3. The Student's Prayer

4. The Writer's Prayer
2. A Confession of Faith
3. The Characters of a Believing Christian,

in Paradoxes and Seeming Contra

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dictions

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4. An Advertisement, touching the Con

troversies of the Church of England 5. Certain Considerations, touching the

better Pacification and Edification

of the Church of England 6. The Translation of certain Psalms into

English Verse 7. An Advertisement touching a Holy

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War

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8. Questions about the Lawfulness of a War for the Propagating of Religion

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791 137 226 241

II. MISCELLANEOUS.
1. Mr. Bacon's Discourse in praise of his

Sovereign
2. A proclamation drawn for his Majesty's

first coming in 3. A Draught of a Proclamation touching

his Majesty's style 4. Physiological Remains

5. Medical Remains
III. JUDICIAL CHARGES AND TRACTS
1. Speeches

1. On taking his place in Chancery
2. Before the Summer Circuits
3. To Sir W. Jones
4. To Sir J. Denham

5. To Justice Hutton
2. Ordinances for regulating the Court of

Chancery 3. Papers relating to Sir Edw. Coke 4. Charge against Whitelocke 5. Letters relating to Legal Proceedings .

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258 263

267 270

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296 281 387

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6. Innovations introduced into the laws

and Government .

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$ 1. THEOLOGICAL TRACTS. Archbishop Tenison's Baconiana contains the following passage : “ Last of all, for his Lordship's writings upon pious subjects, though for the nature of the argument they deserve the first place; yet

they being but few, and there appearing nothing so extraordinary in the composure of them, as is found. in his Lordship's other labours, they have not obtained an earlier mention. They are only these :“ His Confession of Faith, written by himself in English, and turned into Latin by Dr. Rawley, (a) the questions about an Holy War, and the Prayers, in these Remains ; (c) and a translation of certain of David's Psalms into English verse. With this last pious exercise he diverted himself in the time of his sickness, in the year twenty-five. When he sent it abroad into the world, he made a dedication of it to his good friend, Mr. George Herbert, for he judged the argument to be suitable to him, in his double quality of a divine and a poet.”

In the life of Lord Bacon, by Dr. Rawley, “ his lordship’s first and last chaplain," as he always proudly entitles himself, there is the following passage : “ This lord was religious: for though the world be apt to suspect and prejudge great wits and politics to have somewhat of the Atheist, yet he was

(a) 1658, in the Opuscula,

(c) Baconiana 72. In p. 99, Tenison says, " Under the fourth head of Theological Remains are contained only a few questions about the lawfulness of a holy war; and two prayers, one for a philosophical student, the other for a writer. The substance of these two prayers is extant in Latin in the Organon, p. 19, ad Calc partis primæ, and Scripta, p. 451, and after title page. See postea of this preface vii.

In page 181, of Baconiana, are the Students and Writers Prayers.-See this vol. page 7.

conversant with God, as appeareth by several pas sages throughout the whole current of his writings ; otherwise he should have crossed his own principles which were, that a little philosophy maketh men apt to forget God, as attributing too much to second causes; but depth of philosophy bringeth men back to God again.' Now I am sure there is no man that will deny him, or account otherwise of him, but to have him been a deep philosopher. And not only so, but he was able to render a reason of the hope which was in him, which that writing of his, of the confession of the faith, doth abundantly testify. He repaired frequently (when his health would permit him) to the service of the Church; to hear sermons; to the administration of the sacrament of the blessed body and blood of Christ; and died in the true faith established in the Church of England.”

The passage to which Dr. Rawley alludes, is in the “Advancementof Learning,”(d) where he says,“ 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 ; but when a man passeth on farther, and seeth the dependence of

(d) Vol. II. p. 13.

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