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H. BURTON. 57 and recompence for the damages sustained by the said imprisonment, loss of his ears, and other evils sustained by the said unjust and illegal proceedings."* On the 20th of April, the house of commons voted Mr. Burton to receive six thousand pounds for his damages sustained, but the confusions of the times prevented the payment of ' the money. And by an order of the house, dated June 8, 1641, he was restored to his former ministry and benefice in Friday-streett Mr. Prynne and Dr. Bastwick also presented their petitions to the house, when their cases were taken into consideration, and the house passed similar resolutions in their favount On Mr. Burton's restoration, he formed a church after the model of the independents ; and he appears to have greatly prospered in his public ministry. Wood represents him as severe in the exercise of church discipline ; that he would admit none to the Lord's supper besides members of his own church, or any to baptism besides the children of such ; that he challenged a power of examination into the lives and conversation of members, casting out whom he pleased, and not admitting them till they.gave satisfaction to the church ; and that he would not administer the Lord's supper at Easter.§ But this author, further observes, that towards the close of his life, he became more moderate ; and he lived till after the beheading of his old master, King Charles I. Herein, Prynne's Prelates' Tyranny, p. 139-141.-Rusbworth'sCollect. vol., p. 207, 213.-Nalson's Collet. vol. i. p. 787, 794. + Prynne's Prelates' Tyranny, p. 145. t Mr. Wynne was afterwards chosen member of the long parliament. Ile was a man of a courageous spirit, and boldly stepped forwards to correct every enormity in church and state. He was, perhaps, one of the hardest students that ever existed. He was called one of the greatest paper-worms that ever crept into a library. Wood supposes that he wrote a sheet for every day of his life, computingfrom the time of his arrival to man's estate to the day of his death. He says, " his custom was, when " he studied, to put on a long quilted cap, which came an inch over his " eyes, serving as an umbrella to defend them from too much light ; and " seldom eating a dinner, would every three hours, or more, be mounching a roll of bread, and now and then refresh his exhausted spirits with ale. This voluminous writer was author of about two hundred books, which he gave, in forty volumes folio andquarto to the public library of Lincoln's- inn. On the restoration of Charles II., some one asked the king what must be done with Prynne, to make him quiet. " Why," said his majesty, " let him amuse himself with writing against the catholics, and in " poring over the records of the Tower." To enable him to do the latter, Charles made him keeper of the records of the Tower, with a salary of five hundred pounds a year. He died October 24, ;669.-Wood's Athena. Oxon. vol. ii. p. 311-327. Ibid. p. 460.