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2g

tion

of

right,

that

the words

of

the

Law

may

not

be

drawn

further

than

is

meet

for

the

fake

or

fa,,

your

of

any

party

;

nor

conftrained

to

ferve any

mans fact

or commodity. In

a

word,

ftriE

Right

is not

here

taken

fo as

to

exclude

an

interpretation

tempered with equity,

but to

exclude

an

interpre-

tation,of

Law

(or

right)corrupted

by

favour(or for

any

ones

fake)

---The extreams

are

A

Rigid

inter-

pretation,

and

A

Favourable

--4

uft

interpreta-

tion

is

the

mean

between both,

which

fearcheth

after the true

and

genuine

fenfe

of

the Law,

with-

out

refpe&

at

all

to

perfons,

out

of

natural

equity

and

juftice,

and

from the

words themfelves, as

they

agree with equity

and

juftice.

And

if

this

may be

plainly

made

out

in

the

words themfelves,

that

it

is

in

every

cafe

(imply

to

be

retained.--

See

the

reif.

P.

45.

When

I

fay

that

an

Oath

is

of

pia

rights;

it

is

fo

to be underftood,

that

the

meaning

of

the

.Oath, which

is

plain

enough

in

the

words,

is

al-,

wales

to

be held. But

where the

fenfe

is

doubt-

ful,

every

one muff

take

great

heed,

left

we

too

much

indulge

our

(elves,

and

our

own

affections;

and left we

grant our

lèlves

too

liberal

and lax

a

licenfe

of

interpreting,

that

we may

the

eafilier

get

our

felves

out

of

the

bond

of

the Oath

which

we

are

tyed

by

;

and

left we

fafen

(or

feign)

any

fenfe

on

the Oath

taken,

or

on

any

part

of

it, for

our

awn

commodity or

profits

fake,

which

any

o-

ther

pious

and

prudent

man,

of

a

freer judgment

as

not

intereffed

in

the

caule, would

not

eafily

draw from

the very

words themfèlves.

The

Reafon

is

twofold

;

one

in

refpea

to others,

for

fear

of

fcandal,

left

any

that

is

weak,

drawn

by

our

example,

think

he

may do

that

which he

feeth

tas