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ilARDymAN-covEgpAtz 117.7 before the high commission, and deprived of his benefice. He is charged with breaking down the altars, and defacing the ancient utensils and ornaments belonging to the chard) of Westminster ;o but with what degree of justice we are unable to ascertain. MULES COVERDALE, D. D.-This celebrated puritan was born in Yorkshire, in the year 1486, and educated in the university of Cambridge. Being brought up in the popish religion, he became an Augustine monk at the place of his education, where Dr. Barnes was prior, who was afterwards- burnt for pretended heresy. He tookhis doctor's degree at Tubingen, in Germany, and was incorporated in the same at Cambridge. At an early period in the reignof HenryVII F.,' he cast off the shackles of popery, andbecame a zealous and an avowed protestant. Where the king quarrelled with the pope, and renounced the authority of Rome, he is said to have been one of the first who preached the gospel in its purity, and wholly devoted himself topromote the reformed religion.+ In the year 1528, he preached at Burnsted iti Essex, when'he declared openly against the popish mass, the worship of images, and auricular confession: He main- tained that contrition for sin, betwixt God and a man's own conscience. was sufficient of itself, without any confession to a priest. His zealous and faithful labours at this place were not in vain : It is preserved on authentic record, that he .,was the honoured instrument of turning one Thomas Topley, afterwards a martyr, from the superstitions and errors of popery, to the true protestant faith.t. Coverdale having espoused the same opinions as Dr. Barnes, and finding himself in danger of the fire, -fled, not long after the above period, beyond sea, and lived for some time in Holland, where he chiefly applied himself to the study and translation of the holy scriptures.§ In the year 1529, the famous Mr. 'William Tindal having finished his translation of the Pentateuch, wished to -have it printed at Hamburgh ; but in crossing the sea, the ship was wrecked, when he lost all his money and papers : and so had to begin the work afresh. Upon his arrival at Hamburgh, his friend Coverdale, who was waiting for him, assisted him in writing Wood's Athenze Oxon. vol. 1 p. 692. + Clark's Lives annexed to Martyrologie, p. 3. Fox's Martyrs, vol. ii. p. 267. Lewis's Hist. of Translations, p. 23. Edit. 1731.