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138 LIVES OF THE PURITANS. was his turn to preach at St. Mary's, the sexton, on account of the multitudes who flocked to hear him, was obliged, for their accommodation, to take down the windows of the church.* Mr. Cartwright took occasion, in his lectures, to deliver his sentiments concerning church discipline; -and because they were unfavourable to the hierarchy, public accusations were soon exhibited against him.-t Archbishop Grindal wrote a letter, dated June 24, 1570, to Sir William Cecil, chancellor of the university, urging him to take some course with Mr. Cartwright; alleging, that in his lectures he constantly spoke against the external policy, and the various offices of the church; in consequence of which, the young men of the university, who attended his lectures in great numbers, were in danger of being poisoned by his doctrines. He, therefore, recommended to the chancellor to silence Cartwright and his adherents, and to reduce them to conformity, or expel them from the college, or from the university, as the cause should require. He also urged that Mr. Cartwright might not be allowed to take his degree of doctor in divinity, at the approaching com- mencement, for which he had made application.# Dr. Whitgift also zealously opposed Mr. Cartwright, and wrote at the same time to the chancellor, communicating not only what Mr. Cartwright had openly taught, but also what he had spoken to him in private conversation.§ Mr. Cartwright vindicated his conduct in a letter to. Sir William Cecil ; in which he declared his extreme aversion to every thing that was seditious or contentious ; and affirmed, that he had taught nothing but what naturally flowed from his text. He observed, that he had cautiously Clark's Lives, p. 17. It is said, with a design to reproach Mr. Cartwright, that he and his adherents having delivered three sermons in the college chapel, on one Lord's day, they spoke so vehemently against the ceremonies and the use of the surplice, that, at evening prayer, all the collegians, except three, cast off their surplices, and appeared in the chapel without them! -Paula's Life of Whitgift, p. 12.-Fuller's Hist. of Cambridge, p. 140. t Strype'sGrindal, p. 162. § It is observed, that what Mr: Cartwright delivered in his sermons en one Lord's day, Whitgift, in the same place, always refuted the Lord's day following, to his great commendation and applause. How far this was to his commendation or applause, we do not determine; but how to reconcile Whitgift's practice, in this case, with his own conduct after- wards, when in the most cruel manner he censured the excellent Mr. Walter Travers forthe very same thing, wilt be found, we think, extremely difficult.-Strype's Whitgi,ft, p. 10, 11.-Paula's Whitgift, p. 13,--See Art. Travers.