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be In the first edition of Mr. Walcon's Life of Dr. Sanderson, printed jn octavo, 1678, were added the following tracts. I.“ Bishop Sander. fon's Judgment concerning Submission to Usurpers.” 2. “ Pax Eccle. fæ.” 3. “ Bishop Sanderson's Judgment in one riey for the Settlement of the Church." 4. " Reasons of the present Judgment of the University of Oxford, concerning the Solemn League and Covenants," &c. And alfy a Sermon of Richard Hooker', u'pon Prayer, from Matt. vii. 7, sound in the study of Bishop Andrews. "
THE LIFE OR
DR. ROBERT SANDERSON.
UR. ROBERT SANDERSON, the late learned Bishop of Lincoln, whose Life I intend to write with all truth, and equal plainnefs, was born the 19th day of September, in the year of our redemption 1587 : The place of his birth was Rotherham in the county of York, a town of good note, and the more, that for Thomas Rotherhamd, fometime Archbishop of that See, was born in it: A man whose great wisdom, and bounty,
and fan&tity of life gave a denomination to it, or hath made it the more memorable, as indeed it ought also to be, for being the birth-place of our Robert Sanderson. And the reader will be of my belief, if this humble relation of his life can hold any proportion with his great fanctity, his useful learning, and his many other extraordinary endowments.
He was the second and youngest son of Robert Sanderson, of Gilthwaite-hall-, in the said parish and county, Esq. by Elizabeth, one of the daughters of Richard Carr, of Butterthwaitehall, in the parish of Ecclesfield, in the said county of York, gentleman.
This Robert Sanderson the father was descended from a numerous, ancient, and honourable family of his own name : for the search of which truth I refer my reader that inclines to it, to Dr. Thoriton's “ History of the Antiquities of Nottinghamshire?," and other records, not thinking it necessary here to engage him into a search for bare titles, which are noted to have in them nothing of reality : for titles not acquired, but derived only, do but show us who of our anceitors have, and how they have achieved that honour which their descendants claim, and may not be worthy to enjoy. For if those titles descend to persons that degenerate into vice, and break off the continued line of learning, or valour, or that virtue that acquired them, they destroy the very foundation upon which that honour was built; and all the rubbish of their degenerousness ough: to fall heavy on such dishonourable heads; ought to fall so heavy, as to degrade them of their titles, and blast their memories with reproach and shame.
But this Robert Sanderson lived worthy of his name and fa. mily; of which one testimony may be, that Gilbert, called the great and glorious Earl of Shrewsbury, thought him not unworthy to be joined with him as a godfather to Gilbert Sheldon, the late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury; to whose merits and memory posterity (the Clergy especially) ought to pay a reverences,