Seuen goulden candlestickes houlding the seauen greatest lights of Christian religion : shewing vnto all men what they should beleeue, & how they ought to walke in this life, that they may attayne vnto eternall life
London: Nathainell Butter, 1624
Case BV 4500 .W65 1624
Gift of the McCormick Theological Seminary. Catalogued and Conserved by a grant from the B. H. Breslauer Foundation.
This volume, one of six North American copies, is a collection of sermons preached before King James I. While Gryffith Williams’ work stressed the importance of sabbath observance, he argued that Puritan scruples over ceremonies gave them no excuse for separation from the Anglican Church. Williams, of Welsh birth, preached at St. Paul’s Cathedral and was domestic chaplain to Philip Herbert, earl of Montgomery (and later Pembroke), to whose children he served as tutor. The Seven Golden Candlesticks is dedicated to the Herbert family. Williams was on the cusp of being named tutor to Prince Charles, the future Charles II, until he had a falling out with William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury. Williams remained a royalist, attending King Charles I as a chaplain at the battle of Edgehill and giving the king the greater part of his private revenue.