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136 LIVES OF THE PURITANS. Bishop. Because he knoweth one that is evil, he fintleth fault with all. You may go to other places. White. If it were tried, there would be found a great company of papists in this city, whom you allow to be ministers, and thrust out the godly. Bishop. Can you accuse any of them of false doctrine ? Nixson. Yes, I can accuse one of false doctrine, who is even now in this house. Let him come forth, and answer to the doctrine whichhe preached upon John x.. Dean. You would take away the authority of the prince, and the liberty of christians. Bishop. Yes, and you sufferjustly. Hawkins. It does not belong to the prince, nor to the liberty of christians, to use and defend that which apper- taineth to papistry and idolatry, as appears from Deutero- nomy vii. and other parts of scripture. Dean. When do you hear us maintain such things in Qur preaching ? Hawkins.- Though you do not defend them in your preaching, you do it by your deeds, and your laws. You preach Christ to be a prophet and priest, but not to be a king ; nor will you suffer him to reign in his church alone, by the sceptre of his word ; but the pope's canon law, and the will of the prince, must be preferred before the word and ordinance of God. Dean. You speak irreverently of the prince, before the magistrates. You were not required to speak, and there- fore might hold your peace. Hawkins. Youwill suffer us to make our defence, seeing you persecute us. Bishop. What is so preferred? Nixson. Your laws, your copes, and your surplices ; because you will suffer none to preach, except they wear them, and subscribe. Bishop. No ! what say you of Sampsonand Lever, and others ? Do not they preach ? White. Though they preach, you have deprived and forbidden them ; and though you suffer them, the law stands in force against them. But for what cause you will not suffer others, whom you cannot reprove by the word of God, I know not. This was one Bedall, then present, who immediately held down his bead, but said nothing. The bishop and other commissioners, at the same time, looked uponone another, as if they knew not what to do, but pro- ceeded no further.-.Parte ofa Register, F. 26.