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Heal 6 f ifee country * hofe Jvar loss with exemplary fortitude . For fifty years that she survived her husband she commanded universa lrespect and esteem by her amiable manners aftct excellent character . She is said to have bestowed peculiar care on the , education of her daughter Agnes , to
bring her up in a manner suitable to h $ r rank , and to form her mind in habits of serious piety . When she bestowed her hand on Alexander Socinus lie was considered a young man of high promise as to his acquirements arid talents , and in every respect a suitable match . From this union was bora Faustus Socinus , whom Pancirolus , writing when Faustus was very young , and little dreaming of his future heresy , styles Preclari ingenii juvenis , parentum vestigia secuturus esse speratur , a youth of excellent parts , who would , it was hoped , follow the footsteps of his parents . Alexander is described as a man of great acuteness of mind , of prodigious memory , and admirable eloquence . From the superiority of his genius he obtained the title of Pater Subtilitatum , the Father of Subtleties ; because he pursued with brilliant success the studies for which his townsmen , and in an especial manner his own family , were pre-eminently distinguished . *
Celsus Socinus . Celsus was another son of Marianus Socinus . He was educated for the legal profession , and for some time taught the Civil and Canon Laws in the university of Siena , from whence he removed to Bologna , to undertake the office of professor of the Canon Law . On the death of his father he was appointed his successor at Macerata , where , however , he remained only for
a short period * Little is known of his subsequent history . It has been stated , b # apparently without sufficient evidence , that he was appointed to a professor's ehair at the university of Jena . There is reason to believe that a change in » his religious sentiments rendered it expedient or necessary for him to relinquish his profession . He subsequently quitted his native country and retired to Switzerland , f
Camillas k ocinus was another member of the same family , who resided at Siena . Having embraced thk reformed doctrines , and gone beyond many of his contempo raries in his opinions upon some subjects , he was compellel to seek an asyltitn in Switzerland . The family had at this time incurred the suspicion of ' hereby , and could no longer remain in safety in their native city . On
his retirement to Switzerland he joined the other Italian refugees , and his name frequently occurs in the ecclesiastical annals of this country . His avowal of Anti-trinitarian sentiments exposed him to much odium and persecution , and ultimately caused his expulsion from the Swiss States . He was olassed with the Anabaptists of that period , and his proceedings gave occasion jto a noted debate in a synod held at Coire in the Grisons in 1571 ,
oh the subject of the punishment of heretics . Though many advocated the more liberal side of the question , the majority were for rendering religious opinions the subject of penal inflictions , atnd decided against him . B y Da Porta , the historian , who probably speaks the language of his adversaries and calumniators , he is Myled a crafty and absurd man ; but by others , who were more favouraWyinclined to-his sentiments , he is represented as an
* Pancirolus in Hid Alexandri Socini ; Viia Fausd Socini Senensis desenpia ad equite Polqnoy pp , 3 > &C * B ock * Nisi , Aniitrtn . Tom . II . p . 575 : f Pancirolus in hid Ceisi Sodmi ; Hta Fatutt Sorini , ui supra , Bock . II . b . 57 § .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Aug. 2, 1827, page 571, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1799/page/19/