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And if their genuinenefs admitted no doubt, what causes can possibly be assigned for secreting them? If they remained in the possession of Mr. Hooker's friends, those friends would eagerly and without delay have consigned them to the press. If his enemies .concealed them, it is scarce probable that from their hands they would emerge pure and uncontaminated.
He adds further: “ Each of them is by learned critics judged U to be genuine or authentic." Who those learned critics are, or upon what grounds they founded their criticism, we are left to conjecture. King Charles I. by whom the very name of Mr. Hooker was held in the highest veneration, thought otherwise. In his interview with Lord Say, he expressly maintained that the Sixth and Eighth Books were not allowed to have been written by Mr. Hooker. And this opinion was probably the result of his discourses on the subject with those divines, in whose conversation he delighted, and who were perfectly competent to decide upon the matter, being men of great candour and known integrity of mind, neither deficient in inquisitive. nefs, nor liable to be deceived by artifice. And no recent telo timony has been fince adduced to enervate the evidence that arises from the King's assertion
Of the authenticity of the Sixth Book no intelligence is com. municated.
The Seventh Book is affirmed, “by comparing the writing “ of it with other indisputable papers or known manuscripts of " Mr. Hooker, to be undoubtedly his own hand throughout." From this last positive declaration it may be deemed difficult to withhold assent. Our acquiescence in it would have been cheerfully given, if it had been supported by any corroborating arguments :-If we had been informed when these papers and known MSS. were deposited, and by whose nice discriminating eye the collation was made.
The Eighth Book has no other mark of legitimacy upon it, has no other character to elucidate its origin, than the bare affirmation, that “it is written by another hand, as a copy, but