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W. WHITAKER. 75 that all his boasting, vanished into smoke. Afterwards came forwards Dury, another Jesuit, who undertook to answer Whitaker, and to vindicate Campian. As Campian had set forth his work with great ostentation and youthful confidence ; so Dury carried on the controversy with much railing and scurrility. Whitaker admitted his opponent to have the pre-eminence in calumny and abuse ; but he refuted all his arguments, and discovered all his fallacies, with such good sense and sound judgment, that it is said,. " the truth was never more fully cleared by any man." His next antagonist was Nicolas Saunders, who boasted that by forty demonstrative arguments, hehad proved that the pope was not antichrist. Whitaker examined these argu- ments, and answered them with great learning and solidity, retorting many of them upon the author himself: After this, Rainolds, another apostate, pretended to reply, and, with subtilty and malice, represented the English divines to be at variance among themselves ; and by this means, he endeavoured to expose protestantism to the greater hatred and contempt. But our learned Whitaker at once.perceived, and with great judgment, exposedhis crafty insinuations and falsehoods ;. yet, he declared that the book was so vain and foolish, that he scarcely thought the author worthy of an answer.. Dr. Whitaker was afterwards preferred to the mastership of St. John's college, Cambridge, though notwithout much opposition from the ill-affected in the university, of which Fuller gives the following curious account :--c, He was appointed by the queen's mandamus; and Dr. Cap-coat, the vice-chancellor,went along with him, being attended by a goodly company, solemnly to induct him to his place, when he met with an unexpected opposition. They could not gain admittance. The gates were shut, partly manned and partlybayed against him. The vice-chancellorretreated to Trinity college ; and after consulting the lawyers, he, according to their advice, created Dr. Whitaker master of St. John's in his own chamber, by virtue of the queen's mandate. This done, he re-advanceth to St. John's, and with a POSSE ACADEMI/E, demands admission. The Johnians having intelligence by their emissaries, that the property of the, person was altered, and Dr. Whitaker invested with the mastership, and knowing the queen would * Clark's Eccl. Hist. it. 15-17,