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11. BURTON. 43 Dr. Goad, he was called before the ccuneil by the instiga- tion of Laud, who spoke vehemently against the book, calling it a libel. Afterwards, he published another work against popery, entitled, " The Pouring out of the Seven Vials," 1628; for which he was prosecuted in the high commission by this prelate, and the book suppressed. And when he published his book, entitled, Babel no Bethel," wholly against the church of Rome, this prelate employed his pursuivant to apprehend him; committed him to the Fleet, refusing bail when offered, contrary to the petition of right ; suspended him from his benefice ; and suppressed the book.* About the same time, his " Trial of Private Devotions," 1628, against Dr. Coss ; and his " Plea to an Appeal, m , in refutation of divers Arminian and Popish Errors broached by Mountague in his Appello Casarem" were both called in and suppressed, by the severity of this intolerant ecclesiastic.t How long Mr. Burton remained under the above sus- pension, and a prisoner in the Fleet, we have not been able to learn. He was afterwards released. This, however, was to him only the beginning of sorrows. November 5, 1636, he preached two sermons at his own church in Friday-street, from Prov. xxiv. 21, 22, 111:y son,fear thou the Lord and the king, and meddle not with them that are given to change, &c. in which he laid open the late innovations in doctrine, worship, and ceremonies, and warned his hearers against them. Dr. Laud, now archbishop of Canterbury, hearing of this, caused articles to be exhibited against him in the high commission, and summoned him to answer them, out of term, before Dr. Duck. On his appearance, he was charged with having " spoken against turning communion tables into altars, against bowing to them, against setting up crucifixes, against saying the second service at the altar, and against putting down afternoon sermons on the Lord's day." Enormous crimes, indeed, were these! He was, moreover, charged with having said, " that ministers might not safely preach upon the doctrines of grace without being troubled for it; and that the ministers in Norfolk and Suffolk were suspended for nonconformity to the rites and ceremonies, imposed upon them contrary to the laws of the land." 4. It is curious to observe , that while Mr. Burton was treated thus for writing against popery, one Chowney, a fierce papist, published a book in defence of popery, for which he was neither punished nor even questioned ; but was permitted to dedicate his work to Laud, who favoured it with his loyal and episcopal patronage! !-Whitlocke's bfemorials, p. II. Prynne's Cant. Doome, p. 185.