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THE LIFE

OF

Emman-Coll:
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SIR MATTHEW HALE, KNT.

BY

GILBERT BURNETT, D. D.

LORD BISHOP OF SARUM.

Together with

THE LIFE

OF THE

REV. H. HAMMOND, D. D.

BY

JOHN FELL, D. D.

DEAN OF CHRIST-CHURCH.

A NEW EDITION.

OXFORD,,

AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.

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PREFACE

TO THE

LIFE OF SIR MATTHEW HALE.

BY BP. BURNETT.

No part of history is more instructive and delighting, than the lives of great and worthy men: the fhortness of them invites many readers; and there are fuch little and yet remarkable paffages in them, too inconfiderable to be put in a general hiftory of the age in which they lived, that all people are very defirous to know them. This makes Plutarch's Lives be more generally read than any of all the books, which the ancient Greeks or Romans writ.

But the lives of heroes and princes are commonly filled with the account of the

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