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THE

BRITISH PLUTARCH,

CONTAINING

THE LIVES

OF THE MOST EMINENT

DIVINES,

PHILOSOPHERS,
PATRIOTS,

POETS,
STATESMEN,

AND
WARRIORS,

ARTISTS,

OF
GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND,

FROM
THE ACCESSION OF HENRY VIII. TO THE PRESENT TIME.

A Rew Edition,

RE-ARRANGED AND ENRICHED WITH SEVERAL

ADDITIONAL LIVES,

BY THE
REV. FRANCIS WRANGHAM, M.A. F.R.S.

OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.

IN SIX VOLUMES.

VOL. IV.

Triumph, my Britain! Thou hast those to show,
To whom all scenes of Europe homage owe. (JONSON.)
- Tos žurns ETAI;

(Æsch. E77. £T6 Rn6, 431.)

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR J. MAWMAN, LUDGATE STREET; AND FOR

BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY, PATERNOSTER ROW.

C. Baldwin, Printer, New Bridge Street, London.

THE

BRITISH PLUTARCH.

SIR MATTHEW HALE.*

[1609—1676.]

IT has been considered as no small argument in favour of Christianity, that it has found among it's 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,

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