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Civilian be debarr'd telling of Truth (when that Truth exposes Tyranny) more than a Civilian of any other Nation? This agrees, in fome measure, with Monsieur Teissier's Judgment of the Francogallia, and shews, that Monsieur Bayle,and Monsieur Teisier and Bongars,were Bons Francois in one and the fame sense. “ Son Livre “ intitulé, Francogallia, luy attira AVEC RAI“SON (and this he puts in great Letters) les " blame des bons Francois. For says he) there“ in he endeavours to prove, That France, the “ most flourishing Kingdom in Christendom,
is not successive, like the Estates of particu“ lar Persons ; but that anciently the Kings
came to the Crown by the Choice and Suf“ frages of the Nobility and People ; inso
much, that as in former times the Power and Authority of Eletting their Kings belonged to the Estates of the Kingdom, so likewise did the Right of Deposing their Princes from their Government. And hereupon he quotes the
Examples of Philip de Valois, of King John, “ Charles the Fifth, and Charles the Sixth, and
Lewis the Eleventh : But what he principally insists on, is to show, That as from Times
Immemorial, the French judg'd Women in“ capable of Governing ; so likewise ought “ they to be debarr'd from all Administration 6 of the Publick Affairs. . This is Mr. Bayle's Quotation of Teissier, by which it appears how far Hotoman ought to be blamed by all true Frenchmen, AVEC RAISON. But provided that Hotoman proves irrefragably all that he says (as not only Monsieur Bayle himfelf but every body else that writes of him allows,) I think it will be a hard matter to persuade a disinteress’d Person, or any other but
. 4 bona a bon Francois, (which, in good English, is a Lover of his Chains ) that here is any just Reason shewn why Hotoman shou'd be blam’d.
Monsieur Teissier, altho' very much prejudi- * ced against him, was (as one may see by the tenor of the above Quotation, and his leaving it thus uncommented on) in his Heart convinc'd of the Truth of it ; but no bon Francois dares own so much. He was a little too careless when he wrote against Hotoman; mistaking one of his Books for another; viz. his Commentary ad titulum inftitutionum de A&tionibus, for his little Book de gradibus cognationis ; both extremely esteemed by all learned Men, especially the first :. Of which Monsieur Bayle gives this Testimony: “ La beauté du Stile, a la con“ noissance des antiquités Romaines eclatoient dans “ cet ouvrage, a le firent fort estimer.
Thuanus, that celebrated disinteress'd Historian, gives this Character in general of his Writings. “He composed (says he) several Works “ very profitable towards the explaining of the “ Civil Law, Antiquity, and all sorts of fine
Literature; which have been collected and publish'd by James Lectius, a famous Lawyer, after they had been review'd and corrected by the Author. Barthius says, that he excelled in the Knowledge of the Civil Law,.
and of all Genteel Learning *. Ceux la · Belles li. “ mesmes qui ont ecrits contre luy (says Nevelet us) “ tombent d'accord quil avoit beaucoup de lecture “ do une profunde Erudition.
The Author of the Monitoriale adversus Italogalliam, which some take to be Hotoman himself, has this Passage relating to the Francogallia : “ Quomodo poteft aliquis ei succensere qui est “ tantum relator & narrator facti ? Francogal
has any Crime it cannot be be deny'd;
The Paffion of different them
lista enim tantum narrationi & relationi sims çc plici vacat, quod fi aliena dicta delerentur, c charta remaneret alba.
It was objected to him, that he unawares furnish'd the Duke of Guise and the League at PaTis with Arguments to make good theirAttempts against their Kings. This cannot be deny'd; but at the same time it cannot be imputed to Hotoman as any Crime: Texts of Scripture themselves have been made use of for different purposes, according to the Passion or the Interests of Parties. Arguments do not lose their native Force for being wrong apply'd : If the Three Estates of France had such a fundamental Power lodg’d in them; who can help it if the Writers for the League made use of Hotoman's Arguments to support a wrong Cause? And this may suffice to remove this Imputation from his Memory.
He was a Man of a very handsome Person and Shape, tall and comely; his Eyes were blewish, his Nose long, and his Countenance venerable : He joyned a most exemplary Piety and Probity to an eminent degree of Knowledge and Learning. No Day pass’d over his Head, wherein he employ'd not several Hours in the Exercise of Prayer, and Reading of the Scriptures. He wou'd never permit his Picture to be drawn, tho’much intreated by his Friends; however (when he was at his last Gafp, and could not hinder it) they got a Painter to his Bed's-side, who took his Likeness as well as ?twas possible at such a time. Bafilius Amerbachius assisted him during his last Sickness, and James Grinæus made his Funeral-Sermon. He left two Sons behind him, 7ohn and Daniel; besides a great Reputation, and Defire of him;
not only among his Friends and Acquaintance, but all the Men of Learning and Probity all over Europe.
dunum, S Autun.
Explication of the Roman Names
mention'd by Hotoman. : Æ Dui, People of Chalons and Nevers. Agrippina
Colonia, Ś Cologn.
Elb and the Rhine.
ocese of Lieg.Gordanni
Gordunni, P. about Ghent.
opulonia, s Gascony. . .