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145 in future, twentylour men, and seven women, were dis- charged:. Bishop Maddox insinuatesthat these persons were guilty of disloyalty; and adds, ,4 that it was no wonder they 4g were not more respectful to the queen, since their whole The names of the men were, Robert Hawkins, John Smith, John Roper, James Ireland, William Nixson, Walter Hinkesman, Thomas Bow- land, George Waddy, WilliamTurner, John Nash, James Adderton, Thomas Lidford, Richard Langton, Alexander Lacy, John Leonard, Robert Tod, Roger Hawksworth, Robert Sparrow, RichardKing, Christopher Coleman. John Benson, John Bolton, Robert Gates, and William White.f Several of them had been beneficed ministers in the church, the rest ere religious and worthy laymen, but all Sufferers in the same cause. Among the latter Was Mr. William White, a substantial citizen of London, whom Fuller, by mistake, calls a minister. He was oftentimes fined and tossed from one prison to another, contrary to law and justice, only for not going to his own parish church. Having been examined before the Bishop of London, he wrote his lordship a most bold and excellent letter, now before me, dated December 19,1569 ; in the conclusionof which, he subscribes himself, Yours in the Lord to command, William White, who joineth with you in every speck of truth, but utterly detestethwhole antichrist, head, body, and tail, never to join with you, or any, in the least joint thereof; nor in any ordinance of man, contrary to the word of God." An abstract of this letter is preserved by Mr. Neal.§ January IS, 1573, Mr. White appeared before the commissioners, who treated him neither as men, nor as christians. He was examined in the presence of the Lord ChiefJustice, the Master of the Rolls, the Master of the Requests, the Dean of Westminster, the Sheriff of London, the Clerk of the Peace, and Mr. Gerard. Some others having been dispatched, Mr. White was brought forth, whom his lordship accosted as follows :- L. C. J. Who is this ? White. White, if it please your honour. L. C. J. White!! as black as the devil. White. Not so, my lord, one of God's children. L. C. J. By whom were you released ? White. By the commissioners, I suppose. L. C. J. That is well, indeed,if we shall commit, and others set at liberty ! White. They did no more than they might do. L. C. J. By which of the commissioners were you delivered I White. I know not. There were the hands of four or five commissioners set to the warrant. L. C. J. But who were they ? White. I suppose Sir Walter -- and my Lord Mayor were two of them. Master of Requests. How were you delivered ? White. Upon sureties. M. Requests. How long is itsince you were delivered ? White. Since the birth-day of our Lord. L. C. J. How often, during this time, have you been at your parish church ? White. I could not go to any church, being myself, with sureties,bound to be a true prisoner in my own house. L. C. J. Oh ! you were glad of that. White. Not so, my lord ; for if I had been at liberty, would have frequented the place of public preaching antiprayer. + Strype's Grindal, p. 136. t MS. Register, p. 22--95. § Hist. of Puritans, vol. p. 220. VOL. I. 2.