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.