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-GOODMAN. 123 CHRISTOPHER GOODMAN, B. D.-This distinguished puritan was born in the city of Chester, about the year 1519, and ,educated in Brazen-nose college, Oxford. After taking his degrees in Arts, he was constituted one of the senior students of Christ's Church, then newly founded by Henry VIII. Towards the close of the reign of King Edward, he was admitted to the reading of the sentences, and chosen divinity lecturer in the university. But upon the accession of Queen Mary, and the return of popery and bloody persecution, he withdrew from the storm, and went into exile. He retired, with many of his brethren, to Frankfort, and was deeply involved in the troubles of that place, occasioned chiefly by the officious interference ofDr. Cox and his party. Here, when it was proposed to make choice of officers for the church; Mr. Goodman gave it as his opinion, " That they ought first to agree to some godly order for the church ; and, in agreeing to this order, to obtain the consent of the congregation, whereby it might appear that they contemned not the rest of their brethren : and further, to proceed to the election, which he thought, also, ought not to be attempted without the consent of the whole church." In neither of these proposals, however, did Mr. Goodman. succeed. For it was replied, that they should have no other order than the English Book of CommonPrayer ; and Dr. Cox had assembled the ministers, at his lodgings, to make choice of a bishop and other officers.* Upon the separation at Frankfort, Mr. Goodman went to Geneva, where he and Mr. John Knox, the famous Scotch reformer, were chosen pastors of the English church, and there remained till the death of Queen Mary. While at Geneva, he assisted Mr. Knox in composing " The Book of Common Order," which was to be used as a directory of worship in the protestant congregations.-F Upon receivingthe news of the queen's death, Mr. Goodman and his brethren at Geneva, wrote a most affectionate, healing letter to their fellow-exiles at Frankfort. This letter, with the answer, is still preserved.# It will be proper here to observe, that during Mr. Goodman's exile, and some time before the queen's death, a report came to them that she was dead. The rumour occasioned him to write to Mr. Bartlet Green, a lawyer, a pious professor of the gospel, and his former acquaintance Troubles at Frankeford, p. 39, 40. + Scott's Lives of Reformers, p. 250. Edit. 1810. Troubles at Frankeford, p. 160-163.