Brooks - BX9338 .B7 1813 v1

INTRODUCTION. 81 number were Messrs. William Leigh, Richard Proud, JonathanBurr, MatthewBrowning,WilliamPowell, Richard Raymund, John Carter, Robert Peck, William Bridge, William Green, Thomas Scott, Nicholas Beard, Robert Kent, Thomas Allen, John Allen, and John Ward.* Some of them spent their days in silence ; others retired into foreign countries.; but none were restored without a pro- mise of conformity. This furious prelate, by these seventies, drove upwards of three thousand persons to seek their bread in a foreign land.t About the year 1637, many of the persecuted puritans, to obtain a refugefrom the storm, retired to New England ; among whom were Messrs. Fisk, Moxon, Newman, Peck, Ezekel Rogers, and ThomasLarkham.I Mr. Larkham was so followed by continued vexatious prosecutions, that he was a sufferer in almost all the courts in England. He was in the star-chamber and high commission at the same time. And, he said, he was so constantly hunted by hungry pursuivants, that at last, by the tyranny of the bishops, and, the tenderness of his own conscience, he was forced into exile.§ While these ravages were made in the churches, nume- rous pious ministers and their flocks being torn asunder, if any attempted to separate from the national church, the jealous archbishop was sure to have his eye upon them. Mr. Lamb was accordingly prosecuted in the high commission, and cast into prison. He was confined in most of the jails about London. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Cornwall were com- mitted to Maidstone jail. Many others were excommuni- cated and imprisoned by the archbishop. This tyrannical arch-prelate suspended one Mr. Warren, a schoolmaster, for refusing conformity, and for reading only books on divinity among his scholars. Mr. Ephraim Hewet, minister of Wroxall inWarwickshire, was suspended by his diocesan, for keeping a fast in his parish, and not observing the ceremonies. Mr. Jeffryes was forced from his flock ; and Mr. Wroth and Mr. Erbery were prosecuted, when the latter resigned his vicarage, and left the diocese in peace. Great numbers in Kent were, excommunicated and cast into prison. About thirty of the London ministers Rushworth's Collec.vol. iii. p. 353.-Nalson's Collec. vol. ii, p.400, 401 -1 Prynne's Cant. Doome, p. 376. The number of ministers driven to New England by She hard dealings of the bishops, from the -year 1620 to 1640, amounted to about ninety. - MS. Remarks, p. 919-921. § Calamy's Conti!). vol. i, p. 330. VOL. I.