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44. The wisedome of a King is cheilly seen in the clection of his officers, as in places which requiro a peculiar sutticiency, not to choose them that he affects most, but to use every one according to his proper fitness.
45. Noe country can be called rich wherein there is warrs, as in the Low Countryes: although there be much money, the soldiers have it in pay from the governors, the boors have it for victuals, the governors from them againc in taxes, so there is noe center, nor noe certain owner.
46. Time is the essence of many laws, so that a King may doe well at divers times, both in making and abrogating the same law, the present occasion is the reason of the law.
47. The Queen was angry with me for receiving many men whome she haul discountenanced, when indeed all their fault was, love to me: if I had done otherwise, I had done dishonestly; yea if I had been her subject, I might have done as much.
48. At his mats coming into England, an English Nobleman presented himselfe to him, protesting what a faithfull servant he had been to Queen Elizabeth, his dead inistress, who used to permitt him (having the liberty as he called it of a free man in her court]) to frequent all companyes, and when he could learn anything which he thought litt to informe her maty of, she was pleased to accept his intelligence, and so was desirous to make the like offer to
his maty to doe the same service, if his pleasure was to imploy him. The King replyed (My Lord) I never had use of any such service to betray iny subjects, and therefore you may save that labour ; that which is inine is my owne, that which is my subjects, theirs, my prerogative cannot alter.
49. We alwayes choose to imitate the worst, which shews our naturall corruption; as let two nations meet, either will change with other their worst fashions, but never mingle in the best.
50. I would strive to be like the Papists in things they did well, for unity sake.
51. Parents may forbid their children an unfitt marriage, but they may not furce their consciences to a fitt.
52. 'Tis easier to reclaime a man from any heresie then to convert an atheist to the truth; for to belcive is the first degree common to all religions, and an atheist is to be brought so far before he come to choosing
53. A travelling preacher, anda travelling woman never comes to any good at all.
54. It is a great mercy of God, that in all the Papists heresies, the Trinity hath been preserved pure.
55. The Church of Rome fell at first from her purity to infirmities, then to corruptions, then into errors, then into heresies, and lastly into abbominations, God still punishing sinn with sinn.
56. Types are the images of the mind, which God allowed the Jews to keep them froin images of the
senice, and to shew them that his worship was in spirit and truth.
57. I desire not to multiply my articles of faith beyond necessity, but rather let them be few and firme.
58. There are two kind of types, some of which are of the foundation of faith, others of anologie of faith: the first are rules of faith, the latter doth illustrate faith received, and are but in the manner of allegories.
59. Whensoever I make such a warr, as the King of France doth, wherein there is such tyranny used to his own subjects, as well of the Protestants of the one side, as of his own soldiers drawn to such slaughter on the other side, surely I will put my selfe in a monastry all my dayes after, and repent me of my sinns, that have brought my subjects to such misery.
60. A King ought to be a preserver of his people, as well of their fortunes as lives, and not a destroyer of his subjects : 'tis true when he cominands they must obey ; yea and if it be in an ill quarrell, he must answer that to God alone, and is not accountable to any ; but shame befall that King that warrs wrongfully.
61. I am so carefull of injuring any of my subjects, that in my progress, if any complaine of hurt donc
them by any of my court, I see either punishment executed on the offenders or satisfaction made to the wronged.
62. All God's miracles are above nature, but never against it, for that were to destroy his own work, which he cannot do, but he may excell it; therefore the miracle of the Papists' transubstantiation being against nature is false.
63. Tis one of God's blessings that we cannot foreknow the hour of our death, for a time fixed, even beyond the possibility of living, would trouble us more than this uncertainty doth.
64. I'll never trust any of my subjects of England or Scotland, that out of discontent will goe and serve the King of Spaine.
65. Any sinn which is only an offence against my selfe, I may be induced to pardon, but those sinns which imediatly touch the honour of God, as witch craft, and such like, I dare not yet take upon me to forgive it, but yet if I knew there were any that had fal’n that way, and hath since repented and turned from that wickedness, I should rather choose not to take notice, than to acquitt them.
66. We cannot conceive eternity but by faith, we cannot know what God is, and of that ignorance cometh all sinn; for sure if we knew him wellwe should not offend him: a man which understands well may speake not cloquently, but never darkly.
67. A Jesuite may die among the Indians, incerly for Christ crucified, before he come to any point of controversy, and be a martyr.
68. At what time the Gospell did flourish, all kind of learning did also abound, and upon the decay thereof, there came alwayes a vaile of darkness upon the face of the earth ; the reason is, knowledge is a part of religion, but error and superstition is the safer by ignorance.
69. I never notcıl the relations of the devils and witches talking together, but about foolish things.
70. A father cannot injure a sonn, or a King his subjects, so that they may shake off their naturall obedience, or to be their revengers: if any thing be amiss, all they can do is precibus et lacrimis, non vi et armis. Cowardize is the mother of cruelty, 'twas only feare madle tyrants put so many to death to secure theinselves.
71. The fashion among the Romans for killing themselves was falsly called fortitude; for 'twas only to prevent the power of fortune, when indeed vertne lies within quite out of her reach, nor can any man be overthrown but of himselfe, and so most truly were they subdued when they tied to death for a refuge against death.
72. Colonell William Stuart in Scotland, came to the King in great earnest (the King being asleep in his bed) and suddenly awaked him, desireing him