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Ohe Bartolomeus Socinus held it within the : recollection of persons now living . After him , Portia Soeinus r apparently the last surovoi ? of the race , married a Marciani , Her son ^ and only child by this union , dying before her , she bequeathed the estate to the present possessor . * In tracing the history of the Socinil it is curious to observe , that the first In tracing the history of the Socini ^ xt is curious to observe , that the first
i >? the family of whom we find any mention held the office of principal inquisitor at Siena ; This wa& Fra . Pietro Soecini , a dominican friar , who lived ' aboutthe beginning of the fourteenth century . Next occurs the name of Nictfofo SoC ( d > My vtho was doctor of decrees , and provost of the Cathedral of Siena . He was living in 1413 . Contemporary with him was Soccino , Soccini , of whom the chief particular that is known is , that he is to be regarded as the parent stock of all the branches of the Socini , who will be commemorated in these Memoirs .
Memoirs qf the Soctm 23
styled Marianus the elder , to distinguish him from another Marianus who will be noticed hereafter , was the son of Soccino Soccini , by Margaretta Malavolta . He was born in 1401 , at Siena , where he commenced his studies with very brilliant success . From hence he removed to the university of Padua , but shortly returned , and placed himself under the tuition of piccolo Tedesctri . After taking his doctor ' s degree , he was invited to Padua , and there appointed to the honourable office of professor of Canon Law . From Pa 4 ua he again removed to his native city , where he continued to reside till the time of his death .
Marianus was esteemed a man of prodigious learning , and an able and accomplished jurist . From the variety and the extent of his attainments , he was designated by his countrymen , un area di scienza , a treasury of knowii ¦ i ¦
|< F ¦¦ ' ¦ . ' ' .. . .. i ...... in ¦¦¦ . ¦¦¦ — — ¦ ' - , -. ii i * I am indebted for this account of Scopeto , and for some interesting information relating to the earlier members of the Socinus family , to an intelligent friend who lately visited Siena ; and who , during his stay there , devoted much of his time to examine the books and manuscripts , to which he could obtain access , that promised
to furnish any particulars of their history . With an enthusiasm which some would deem scarcely compatible with the alleged coldness of an Unitarian creed , he brought away , as a prized relic * a part of the Ilex , Scopetiana . I had before seen a piece of this oak , which was saved by a gentleman who was at Scopeto soon after it had been felled . He had it formed into a round box , and on the cover he caused to be inlaid a highly finished miniature , copied from a picture still preserved at Siena , of one of the Socini , the name not known . In this state it was presented to an acquaintance , who , he knew , would value the gift .
. My friend writes , that the Fattwe who shewed ™*» Scopeto " knew all about Fausto and Lelio , and spoke as if he knew more than was good ; repeating some saying from Home , Luterae Calvino < Tim ramo , ma Sozzino dal fondamenCo , adding , as his own comment , Sozzino fH peggio di hutero o Calvino , " He states , that among the MSS . which he consulted in the public library at Siena , was one by an Alwsantfrq di Girolamo SozzM , who appeared to have Hyed in the 17 th century . He w ^ , trust , excuse me for inserting here the following interesting extract from h ^ valuable
communication : "It is not surprising that Siena should have produced such men as the Sozzini and Ochino . In the time of the Alhigensqa , these opinions had taken s ^ ich root , tjia , t the town was divided between two parties , the Catholics and Heretics . Qivita $
Senarwn dwidehatur in duas societates , quorum wna erat stfpigewium hweticorumy wn ( ra quorum fahitatem Dominicus Sanctus disputaverat TqIosg ., qyce m < tli $ n& in Italiam ei , Senas pervmerat ; altera dicebatur Dblla Scarpetta , qu& comtcHt ev verts Catholic ^ sequen $ ibm fratres Predicatores , tails impice opinionis persecutorcs , propterea adhuc hk vulgo dmominantwr Scarfettoni /' Jvjfurta Tvmmi , in MSS . Carap ^ lll
Marianus Socinus ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1827, page 23, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1792/page/23/