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Page 271 - And it appears in our books, that in many cases, the common law will control acts of parliament, and sometimes adjudge them to be utterly void ; for when an act of parliament is against common right and reason, or repugnant, or impossible to be performed, the common law will control it, and adjudge such act to be void ; and therefore in 8 E 330 ab Thomas Tregor's case on the statutes of W.
Page 35 - I shall ever serve as Attorney and Solicitor together, but either to serve with another, upon your remove, or to step into some other course ; so as I am more free than ever I was from any occasion of unworthy conforming myself to you more than general good manners, or your particular good usage shall provoke : and, if you had not been shortsighted in your own fortune, as I think, you might have had more use of me ; but that tide is passed.
Page 15 - I have been like a piece of stuff bespoken in the shop ; and if her Majesty will not take me, it may be the selling by parcels will be more gainful. For to be, as I told you, like a child following a bird, which when he is nearest flieth away and lighteth a little before, and then the child after it again, and so in infinitum, I am weary of it ; as also of wearying my good friends : of whom, nevertheless, I hope in one course or other gratefully to deserve.
Page 35 - I may not endure in public place to be wronged without repelling the same to my best advantage to right myself. You are great, and therefore have the more enviers, which would be glad to have you paid at another's cost. Since the time I missed the Solicitor's place, the rather I think by your means, I cannot expect that you and I shall ever serve as Attorney and Solicitor together; but...
Page 136 - Vesuvius. For I was also desirous to try an experiment or two, touching the conservation and induration of bodies. As for the experiment itself, it succeeded excellently well...
Page 42 - Myself am like the miller of Huntingdon, that was wont to pray for peace amongst the willows ; for while the winds blew,, the wind-mills wrought, and the water-mill was less customed. So I see that controversies of religion must hinder the advancement of sciences.
Page 44 - Highness's princely affairs nor in regard of my continual service ; which is the cause that hath made me choose to write certain brief notes, set down rather significantly than curiously, which I have called Essays. The word is late, but the thing is ancient ; for Seneca's Epistles to Lucilius, if you mark them well, are but essays ; that is, dispersed meditations though conveyed in the form of epistles.
Page 69 - For certainly there may be an evidence so balanced, as it may have sufficient matter for the consciences of the Peers to convict him, and yet leave sufficient matter in the conscience of a King upon the same evidence to pardon his life ; because the Peers are astringed by necessity either to acquit or condemn ; but grace is free : and for my part I think the evidence in this present case will be of such a nature. Thirdly, it shall be my care so to moderate the manner of charging him, as it make him...
Page 71 - there is a time to speak, and a time to keep silence." One meets with people in the world, who seem never to have made the last of these observations. And...