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“ makes not a great many real Physicians, but too ma
ny ignorant or conceited Doctors, and too great
a Number of formal and rattle-headed Empiricks “ or Quacks."
I proceed to give a Specimen of the Author's Method, and I shall pitch upon Sage, which is a common Herb.
I. Dr. Salmon gives the Arabick, Greek, and Latin Names of that Herb.
II. He observes that there are two principal Species of Sage, viz. Garden-Sage, and Wild or WoodSage.
III. In the next Place, he enumerates the several Kinds of Garden-Sage * There are many Species of this Sort, some of which grow not with us. The chief of those, which we have in our Gardens, are these following; viz. 1. Our common greater white or green-leaved Sage. 2. Our common Red Sage. 3. Great White Sage. 4. Sage of Virtue. 5. The moft Odoriferous Small Sage, or Spanish Sage, 6. Wormwood Sage, Roman Sage. 7. Party-coloured Sage. 8. Speckled Sage. The Figures of some of those Kinds are to be found in this Chapter.
IV. The Author proceeds to give a full Description of those Eight Species of Sage, which he does in so many diftinct Paragraphs.
V. Afterwards, he observes at what Time they Flower, and have ripe Seed.
VI. The Qualities of that Plant make the Subject of the next Paragraph.
VII. Dr. Salmon mentions the Preparations. You may have (Says he) from Sage, 1. The Green Leaves, 2. The Juice. 3. The Efence. 4. An Infusion in Wine or Water. 5. A Powder of the Leaves. 6. An Oil, or Ointment. 7. A Cataplasm. 8. Pills. 9. A Gargariím. 10. A diftilled water. 11. A Spirituous
The Author discourses of Wild Sage in the next Chapter,
Tincture. 12. An Acid Tincture. 13. An Oily Tincture. 14. A Spirir. 15. A distilled Oil. 16. Potestates or Powers. 17. An Elixir.
17. An Elixir. 18. A Conserve of the Flowers.
VIII. The Author' Mews the Virtues of those Eighteen Preparations in so many distinct Articles. Several Readers will be surprised to find so many Virtues ascribed ro Sage. Such is the Method of the Author through the whole Book. This Herbal is a work of a prodigious Labour, and the more valuable, because the Author has bestowed Twenty Year's upon it.
BARN AB Æ BRISSONII, Senatus Parifi
ensis Præsidis, de Regio Persarum Principatu Libri tres, poft Cl. Sylburgij Editionem, præter complures sublatos errores, Testimoniorum Græcorum Versione Latina auctiores ; additis sparsim Observationibus, adjectisque Indicibus necessariis, cura & opera Joh. HENRICI LEDERLINI, Linguar. Orient. Prof. Publ. Ord. Argentorati, Typis & Sumptibus Viduæ Joh. Frid. Spoor. M DCC X.
That is, The THREE Books of BARNABAS
BRISSONIUS, President of the Parliament of Paris, concerning the Empire of Persia. A New Edition, with several Inprovements, publish'd by JOHN HENRY
LEDERLIN, Professor of the Oriental Languages. Strasburg, 1710. in 8vo. pagg. 800. besides Five Indexes. Sold by P. Vaillant, in the Strand.
in the Year 1591. in 8vo. It is grown so scarce, that M. Lederlin could not get a Copy of it. The Third was also publish'd at Paris in 1606. in 450. Commelin printed the Second in 1595. in 8vo. with Sylburgius's Notes. This is the only Edition, that M. Lederlin could make use of. He informs us, that having undertaken to translate into Latin the Greek Passages cited by Brifonius, he found several of them fally ascribed to some Authors, and others curtailed, spoiled, and wrongly quoted. He adds, that several Things, which were most proper for the Author's Design, had been frequently left out of those Passages. Sylburgius took Notice of these Imperfections, but he owns that he could not mend them all. M. Lederlin has carefully rectified those Mistakes, and inserted several Notes at the Bottom of the Pages, wherein he gives an Account of his Emendations. He has also translated the Greek Quotations for the Benefit of those, who are not well skilled in the Greek Tongue. Besides, he has inserted the short Notes of Sylburgius, and divided each Book into Sections, for the Conveniency of the Readers.
What has been said is sufficient to shew, that this new Edition is preferable to the former. As for what concerns the Merit of this work, I need not enlarge upon it. 'Tis well known, that Brissonius was a Learned Man, and that he has collected, with great Erudirion, whatever is to be found in Ancient Authors concerning the Kings of Perfia, and the Religion, the Laws, Manners, Customs, &c. of the Inhabitants of that famous Empire. Brilonius makes several Observations of great Use to understand several Passages not on. ly in profane Authors, but also in the Sacred Writers.
The Tragical End of President Brisson is very deplorable. That Learned Magistrate was apprehended, as he was going to the Parliament-House, by a Party of Rebels, who immediately carried him into a dismal Prison. A Man, who was his mortal Enemy, bad him fall upon his Knees, and sentenced him to Death, as being guilty of High-Treason. The President, amazed at such a Proceeding, asked by what Evidence he had been convicted, and by what Judges he had been condemned. The Rebels * laughed at him for asking such a Question: Whereupon the President intreated them to save his Life, and mut him up in a close Prison, that he might finish a Work, which would be loft by his Death, to the great Prejudice of the State. Those Cruel and Rebellious Men, far from granting him his Request, had much ado to allow him a sufficient Time to confess his Sins, and caused him to be hanged upon the Spot. Several Readers may be well pleased to find here the Original Words of a very Authentick Author.
“ Eodemque tempore (about the latter End of the “ Tear 1591.) misli, qui Briffonium Præfidem in Sena
tum venientem ad minus caftellum lifterent, qui mi• serum hominem nihil tale cogitantem ad S. Michae“ lis pontem nacti per vicum ad dextram pofitum,
quasi in publicis urbis ædibus expectaretur, avertunt, “ & cum sub fornice castelli minoris effet, in horren“ dum carcerem detrudunt, ubi Cromæum hominem “ fibi infeftiffimum paludatum obviam habuit, qui
ftatim ipsum galero dempto in genua procumbere
juffit: Tum sententia contra eum, tanquam divinæ “ humanæque majeftatis reum peractum, & proditio“ nis convictum,lata recitatur. Qua audita ille attonitus
quæsivit primum, quibus ab judicibus condemnatus, quibus indiciis ac testibus convictus esset. Cum
They were bigotted Roman Catholicks, who took up Arms againft Henry III. their Lawful King, A Prince of their own Religion.
4 hanc defensionem riderent adftantes, & quod in-
preces, vix spatio ad peccata confitendum conceffo,
catur, coram Bussio, aliisque compluribus ”. Thuanus, Historiarum Lib. 102. pag. 198, 199. Geneva 1620.
The Arbitrary Proceedings of those bigotred Rebels against President Brison, bring into my Thoughts a remarkable Passage, which I have read in the Hiftory of the Reformed Churches of France, written by Beza. I beseech all my Readers to make their Reflexions upon it, and to consider how a false Zeal for Religion does frequently deprive Men of all Sense of Humanity.
In the Year 1562, John Teronde, a Protestant Ad-
YOU GUILTY IN LEAST: However,
* That City is famous for its Bigotry. See my Account of Vaninus's Trial in the firft Volume, Art. LXXVII.
+ Monsieur Teronde, la Cour, par le discours " de vostre procés ne vous a trouvé aucunement coul.
pable : toutes fois d'ailleurs tres bien advertie de
reprouvée Se&te eussent eu la victoire (comme auffi
a perder la teste, & a confisqué vos biens fans nulle