Tumulus Praenob: FRANCISCI Baronis VERVLAM Vicecomitis{que} S. ALBAN In Cancello Ecclesiae S. Mich▪ apud. S. ALBANVM.

FRANCISCVS BACON BARO DE VERVLAMS. ALBANI VIC: SEV NOTIORIBVS TITVLIS SCIENTIARVM LVMEN. FACVNDIAE LEX SIC SEDEBAT

QVI POSTQVAM OMNIA NATVRALIS SAPIENTIAE ET CIVILIS ARCANA EVOLVISSET NATVRAE DECRETVM EXPLEVIT COMPOSITA SOLVANTVR AN DNI. M.DC.XXVI. AETAT. LXVI

TANTI VIRI MEM▪ THOMAS MEAVTVS SVPERSTITIS CVLTOR DEFVNCTI ADMIRATOR H. P.

A BRIEF DISCOURSE TOUCHING THE OFFICE OF Lord Chancellor OF ENGLAND.

WRITTEN BY The Learned John Selden of the Inner Temple, Esq and Dedicated by him to Sir Francis Bacon Knight, then Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of ENGLAND.

Transcribed from a true Copy thereof, found amongst the Collections of that Judicious Antiquary St. Lo Kniveton, late of Grayes Inne Esq

TOGETHER WITH A True Catalogue of Lord Chancellors, and Keepers of the Great Seal of England, from the Norman Conquest, untill this present Year, 1671.

BY WILLIAM DƲGDALE, Esquire, NORROY King of Arms.

LONDON, Printed for William Lee at the Turks Head in Fleet street, over against Fetter-lane end, 1671.

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE Sir FRANCIS BACON Knight, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of England.

MY LORD,

THE Times obvious discourse, whereby that All which truly loves Nobless or Learning congratulates your highly deserved Honor, caused me collect these, taken out of no obvious Monuments, touching the auncientest mention, conjunction, and division of those two Great Offices of State which your Lordship really bears, though stiled but by the name of one: they are short, yet give large testimony of the former times. They conclude with an Act made about 320. years since, of like tenor in substance with that later under Queen Eliz. which was as proper to your name, whence these also were the fitter to offer you: Enough, other particulars touching both these Great Offices might have been added, but these were chosen for the usual Question of the present, and thus are given (not yet seen by any other eye) as a taste of my humble Observance. My Lord, they are only yours, as their Author would be,

J. Selden.

A BRIEF DISCOURSE TOUCHING THE OFFICE OF Lord Chancellor of England, &c.

The Name and Office of Lord Chancellor of England under the Saxons.

THE eldest mention in good authority of the name of Chancellor of this Kingdom, is in Edward the elders time,1 about the year DCCCCXX. he made Turketill Abbot of Croyland his Chancellor. Cancellarium suum eum constituit, ut quaecunque negotia temporalia vel spiritualia, Regis Judicium expectabant illius consilio & decreto (nam tantae fidei et tam profundi ingenij tenebatur) omnia tractarentur, & tractata irrefragabilem sententiam sortirentur. This Abbot held the Office under Athelstan, Edmund and Edred succeeding Kings.

King Ethelred afterwards divided the Chancellorship between the Abbots of Ely,2 and St. Augustine in Canterbury, and of Glastenbury, who were to exercise it by turn. The words of an Old Monk of Ely ...

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