CASAUBON, MERIC, son of Isaac, was born at Geneva on the 14th August 1599. lie was educated first at Sedan ; then under a private tutor in England, whither he came along with his father, and in 1614 or 1616 he was sent to Christ Church College, Oxford, and elected student of that foundation. lie took his degree of M.A. on the 14th June 1621, and in the same year published a defence of his father and the Protestant faith against the Catholics, entitled ' Pietas contra Melodic:le Petri' Nominis et Itellgionis Boatel,;' and three years afterwards he published another vindication of his father in Latin, written by the command of King James Bishop Andrews presented him to the living of Bledon, in Somersetshire, in 1624. In 1621 Archbishop Laud made bin, prebendary of Canterbury and rector of lekbatn ; and in 1630 he was created D.D. by the University of Defend at the command of Charles I., who was then residing at that university. The civil war deprived him of all his preferments, and he Beet., In retirement till the Restoration, notwithstanding many advan
tageous offers from Cromwell, who endeavoured In 1619 to induce Calatibon to write a history of the war, which he declined doing: and from Queen Christina of Sweden, who offered him the government of one, or the superintendence of all the universities in her kingdom. At the Ifestora'bo he was motored to all his ecclesiastical preferments, and oantinuel to employ himself in writing till his death, 14th July 1671. lie was buried in Canterbury Cathedral. lie had several children by his wife, whom he married in 1651, and who brought him • pod fortune. Ills sou John was a surgeon at Canterbury. His wart, though numerous, are not of great value. In his book on 'Credulity and Incredulity' (London, 1663, 8vo; second part, London, 1670, 8vo), he maintained the existence of witches and familiar spirits.