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106 LIVES'OF THE PURITANS. by tithes, Christmas offerings, &c.-The oaths ex oPio in their ecclesiastical courts, making men swear to accuse themselves.-The churchwarden's oath to present to the prelates all the offences, faults, and defaults, committed in their parishes against their articles and injunctions.-The prelates ruling the church by the pope's cursed canon law. -Finally, their imprisoning and banishing such as re- nounce and refuse to -witness these abominations aforesaid, and the rest yet retained among them.. As our author very justly observes, they might well find 'fault with the church in the article last mentioned, since they had smarted so severely under it. The foregoing particulars contain the general principles of the Brownists, or their chief reasons for a total separation from the established church, and are undoubtedly the most complete and correct account of their opinions, that was ever published. We forbear making any comments, but leave the whole to the reader's own judgment. His Wouxs.-1. Certayne Reasons and Arguments, proving that it is not lawful to hear, or have any spiritual Communion with, the present Ministry of the Church of England, 1601. This is perhaps the same as that of which an abstract is given above.-2. An Answer to White's Discoverie of Brownism, 1606.-3. A Christian Plea, 1617.-4. A Tract on Matt. xviii.-He also published some other pieces on the controversies of the times. WILLIAM COLE, D.D.-This learned divine was most probably educated in Corpus Christi college, Oxford, where he took his doctor's degree. Upon the commence- ment of Queen Mary's bloody persecution, he fled from the storm, and retired to Frankfort. He was there involved in the troubles among the English exiles ; and the first settlers being excluded from the privileges of the place, by the officiousness of Dr. Cox and his party, he retired, with several of his brethren, to Zurich.+ He went afterwards to Geneva, where he was highlyesteemed by his fellow-exiles. He united with the venerable Miles Coverdale and other learned divines, in publishing the Geneva translation of the Bible.f Uponhis return from exile, he sat in the convoca- tion of 156 ,2, and subscribed the articles of religion.§ He was in high favour with Queen Elizabeth, who, on account 4' Biog. Britan. vol. ii. p. 618, 619. Edit. 1778. Troubles at Frankeford, p. 13. ` f Wood's Athente Oxon. vol. i. p. 153.-See Art. Coverdale, Strype's Annals, vol. i. p. 322.