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MOST REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,
JOHN BRAMHALL, D.D.
SOMETIME LORD ARCHBISHOP OP ARMAGH,
PRIMATE AND METROPOLITAN OF ALL IRELAND.
A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,
AND A COLLECTION OF HIS LETTERS.
JOHN HENRY PARKER.
The Editor is happy to find himself at length enabled to publish the third volume of the Works of Archbishop Bramhall; which carries the work forwards to the end of the Second Part of his Discourses. The fourth volume, containing the Third Part, will appear, he hopes, in the course of the next three months. Of the Discourses now published, the first (being the last of the First Part) is employed in defence of the Succession of English Bishops, against the Romanists*; and is reprinted, as regards the text, from the original edition of 1658 (Hague, 8vo.), the Advertisement and Postscript prefixed, from a republication of the book in 1659 (London, 8vo.), and of the documents contained in the Appendix, which were added in the folio edition of Bramhall's Works in 1676-7, the first from the original Register, the second from a fac-simile of the original, published by the Cambridge Antiquarian Society (see below p. 210, note a). The remaining three Discourses constitute the Second Part of the collected works, those “ against the English Sectaries.” The first of them, the Fair Warning against Scottish Dis
• In the Replic. to the Bp. of Chal- hall renders~"changed their religion cedon, vol. ii. p. 246 (Disc. iii. Pt. i.), of their own accord;" which is exactly Bramhall has been guilty of a very what they did not do. Sir R. Baker unfortunate mistranslation of some (Chron. p. 329, ed. 1674) has precisely words of Camden's, relating to the the same error in the same words, but subject of the tract mentioned above as I have not access to an earlier ediin the text; which was overlooked until tion of his Chronicle than that of 1674 that volume was through the press. (the book was first published in 1641), Camden (Annal. Eliz., P. i. p. 23), in it is not clear whether he or Bramhall speaking of the changes among the originated the error, or indeed whether Bishops upon Queen Elizabeth's ac- it did not arise from mere carelesscession, relates, that three Bishops, ness in both cases. It should be added, Scot, Pates, and Goldwell, “ sponte that Bramhall wrote the book in ques. mutarant solum," the fact being, that tion whilst in exile, from notes, and they fled abroad on account of the without books, and was therefore unQueen's religious measures. Bram- able to correct an error once made.