THis state of right or wrong, is two waies deuided, whereof
the one is, when the matter by the owne nature, is
defended to be right, without any further seeking, called of
, the state absolute.
The other (vsing little force or strength, to maintaine the
matter) is, when outwarde helpe is sought, and by-wayes vsed
to purchase fauour, called otherwise the state assumptiue.
Places of Confirmation for the first kinde, are vij.
- Nature it selfe.
- Gods Law, and mans Law.
- True dealing.
- Auncient examples.
- Couenauntes and deedes autentique.
in his most worthy Oration, made in behalfe of
, declares that Milo
most lawfully, whom
The arte of Rhetorique.
sought to haue slaine most wickedly. For (quoth
) if nature haue graffed this in man, if Lawe haue confirmed
it, if necessitie haue taught it, if custome haue kept it,
if equitie haue maintained it, if true dealing hath allowed it,
if all common weales haue vsed it, if deedes auncient haue
sealed this vp, that euery creature liuing should fence it selfe
against outward violence: no man can thinke that Milo
done wrong, in killing of Clodius
, except you think, that
when men meete with theeues, either they must be slaine of
them, or els condemned of you.