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in Woods. The Leaves of both Plants are pointed. Those two Shrubs have ligneous Sta!ks, the Branches whereof come near the Colour and Figure of those of Licorish: They have a gluish Savour, and are bitter and odoriferous. The Flowers of both Plants come out at the End of the Branches, and look like Roses.
As for the Virtues of the wild Afh-tree, its Leaves do admirably purge, in the same Quantity as those of Senn, and do not occasion such a violent griping of the Gurs, because Sena growing in a hor Climate, has not so much Phlegm, and abounds more with Acrimonious Sales. On the coverary, the wild Al Tree is full of Tartareous: Sulphur, and Armoniack Salt, unired together with a flammy Phlegm ; foc i affords, through a Chymical AnalyGs, a great deal of Oil and Acid Phlegm. And therefore I mays very well affirm, having tried its Puigative: Virtue upon several Persons, that this kind of Sena, which is fo common in France, ought to be preferred to that, which is brought into this Kingdom from Alexandria, Tripoli, and Italy.
RO-V E N.
N Historical Discourse concerning the Election
of the Emperor, and the Electors of the Em. pire, has been reprinted here.
Discours Historique de l'Election de l'Empereur des Ele&teurs de l'Empire, par le Resident in Brandebourg, Rouen, 1711. 12mo. pag. 612.
This Book was printed the frst time in 1658. in 480. The Famous M. de Wicquefort is the Author of it.
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HE Albot de Veyrac has publiMed, The Prefent
methodical, and his Book is written with great Perspicuicy. He criticizes several Paisages in the History of the Empire published by M. Heiss, without pretending to lessen the Merit of that Historian.
L'Etat present de l'Empire, où l'on voit fon origine, fen établissement, les progrès, ses revolutions, les droits de l'Empereur, du Roy des Romains, 'des Electeurs, des Princes & des autres Etats, qui le composent ; la maniere do convoquer de tenir les Diettes, les cérémonies qui s? observent à l' Election & au Couronnement de 1. Empereur & generalement tout ce qui regarde la forme du Gouveronement Germanique : Avec une Criti. que de plusieurs points importans de l'Histoire de M. Heiß. Le tout extrait des anciennes Constitution's Impcriales, de la Bulle d'Or, & des Oüvrages des meilleurs Auteurs qui ayent écrit sur cette matiere. Par M. l'Abbé de Veyrac. Paris 1711. in 12mo. pagj. 360.
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ARTICLE ARTICLE XVI.
AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT,
never before publisb’d, of the Life and Trial of MICHAEL SERYETUS. In Several Letters to * * * * By the Aua thor of these Memoirs. The Firft Letter
? may be seen above, Art. X.
HOSE, who call the Episcopal Gover
ment of the Church of England, her Excellent Liturgy, and some few Decent Ceremonies, a Reu mainder of Popery, are blinded by Prejudices, and have a wrong Nocion of Things. But whoever mainrains, that the violent Zeal of some Protestants in the XVIth Century was a Remainder of Popery, speaks a great Truth. It was a pernicious Error, which they had imbibed in the Church of Rome. I think, Sir, if may be said, without doing any Injustice to that Church, That she is in a great measure answerable for the Execution of Servetus. If the Roman Catholicks had never put any body to Death on account of Reli. gion, I dare say, thar Servetus would not have been tried in a Protestant City. Let us remember that Cal
! I have observed in one of my Papers, That Calvin was no Enemy co Episcopacy; for which that fulci pus Reformer is very much to be commended.
vin, and all the Magistrates of Geneva in the Year 1553, were born and bred up in the Church of Rome. This is the best Apology that can be made for them.
Dr. Servetus having made his Escape from the Pri: son of Vienne, resolved to retire to Naples, and to practise Phyfick among his Countrymen settled in that City. He took the Way of Geneva, and arrived there on Foot, having left off Riding at a place called Le Luyset, where he lay the Night before. He lodged ar the Rose-Inn, designing to hire a' Boat the next Day in hisg Way to Zurich. I have not been able to know
upon what Day he came to Geneva. 'Tis highly probable, that he rather chose to go to Naples by the Way of Switzerland than ly thar of Piedmont, because he hoped that in cale he should be discovered, the Protestants would be more merciful to him than the Papists. But he was very much mistaken; for Calvin being informed that he was in Town, acquainted the First Syndic with it, and caufed himn ở be apprehended. He was immediately comınittédito Prison. He had about him Ninety: feven Gold-Pieces,' a Gold-Chain weighing about Twenty Crowns, and Six Gold-Rings. It was re. ported * in Switzerland, thar Servetus went to Church, and was from thence carried to Prison: Bur'tis certain, by his own Confeffion, thar he did not Aprear any where in publick, for Fear of being discovered.
* This Circumstance is to be found in a Book entitled, Contra Libellum Galviki, in quo oftendere conatur, Heo reticos jure gladii coercendos effe. That Book was printed in Switzerland in the Year 1554. and reprinted in Hole land in the Year 1617 in tamo. I make use of this laft Edicion, Numb. 61. The first Edicion is more scarce than the fecond, and may be reckoned ainong Curlous Books
- Why did he go tó Genevat will you say. He knew chat Calvin was his great Enemy: He knew he had been apprehended in France by the. Intrigues of thar Reformer: He could not be ignorant that Calvin had a great Authority at Geneva, &c. I own, Sir, that Dr. Servetus appears guilty of a great Imprudenco. I fhall only observe, that he designed to make no stay at Geneva, that he might very well hope he should not be discovered in fo fhort a Time and that, in all Probability, he did not think he should be: prosecured in that Ciry for a Book which he had printed in France.
It were to be wished, that Calvin had caused that Heretick to be apprehended, not in order to get him prosecured and condemned to Death, buc to reclaim him from his Herely. That Illustri. ous Reformer, being a Man of great Parts, might have made an excellent Discourse in the Presence of Servetus, and of all the Magistrates of Geneva. He might have represented to thar Physician, That the Doctrine of the Trinity was not a Popisha Doctrine, as he called it, bur the common Opinion of all Christian Churches ; That a Mystery ought not to be rejected, merely because it is incomprehenfible ; That we believe many Things in Nature, tho' they are above the Reach of human Reason; That his own System was extremely obscure and almost unintelli. gible ; That he was very much to blame for using many unbecoming Expressions ; Thar he was tran. sported with a violent and indiscreer Zeal; That God Almighty had been very propitious to him, in not permitting that he shoulá fall'a Sacrifice to the Fury of Men drunk with the Blood of the Saints; That for his own Part he blessed God for his Deli verance, hoping it would be a Warning to him, and a powerful Means to reclaim him from his Errors; That he was glad to see him in a Protestant City, among those Christians, who do not defire the Death of a Heretick, but rather that he should be converted and live, &c. &c. I should be wonderfully pleased to find a Discourle of this Nature among the Works of that Great Man.