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TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

LIONEL CRANFIELD,

EARL OF MIDDLESEX, BARON CRANFIELD OF

CRANFIELD, &c. a

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13.

T. PAUL gave a great charge to
Timothy to bring the cloak which he
left at Troas, but especially the parch-

ments. Here we have the inventory 2 Tim. ir. of a preacher's estate, consisting of a few clothes and books, what he wore, and what he had written. But the apostle's care was not so much concerned in his clothes (which might be bought new) as in his writings, where the damage could not be repaired.

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a (This Lionel Cranfield was “industry he preferred himself the second earl of Middlesex, “ into the court, where he was and his father, who bore the “ first made master of the same name, was in great credit wardrobe, afterwards master at court in the reign of James I., “ of the wards, and finally aduntil his fall, and prosecution “ vanced by the power and by the commons. A gentle- “ favour of the duke [of Buck

man he was by birth,” says ingham], one of whose kinsDr. Heylyn, “but had his women he had married, to " breeding in the city, (being

" the office of lord treasurer, "originally a merchant,) from " and the honour of being “whence by his own wit and “ made the first earl of Mid

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I am sadly sensible (though far be it from me to compare scribbling with scripture) what the loss of a library (especially of manuscripts) is to a minister, whose books have passed such hands which made riddance of many, but havoc of more.

Was it not cruelty to torture a library, by maiming and mangling the authors therein? neither leaving nor taking them entire. Would they had took less, that so what they left might have been useful to me, or left less, that so what they took might have been useful to others. Whereas now, mischievous ignorance did a prejudice to me, without a profit to itself, or any body else.

But would to God all my fellow brethren, which with me bemoan the loss of their books, with me might also rejoice for the recovery thereof, though

“ dlesex. In this office he had " that in the end he was sen. “ disobliged the prince when “ tenced in the house of lords “ he was in Spain, by dis- " to be deprived of the office “suading and diverting those “ of lord high treasurer of

large supplies which were “ England, to be fined 50,000l., “ required for the maintaining “and remain a prisoner in the “ of his post in a foreign king- “ Tower during his majesty's “ dom. And he had disobliged “ will and pleasure. It was “ the duke, by joining in some “ moved also to degrade him

secret practices to make him “ from all titles of honour; grow less and less in his ma- “ but in that the bishops stood jesty's favour. They had “ his friends, and dashed the both served the turn of the “ motion.” Life of Laud, p. commons, in drawing the Some account of this

king by their continual im- nobleman's father and family “portunities to dissolve the may also be found in The

treaty; and the commons Worthies, &c. Art. London, “ must now serve their turn p. 211. ed. fol. 1662, and more “ in prosecuting this man to fully in Goodman's Memoirs, “ his final destruction. Which I. p. 296.] “they pursued so effectually,

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