76 LIVES OF THE PURITANS. from all the parishes in the city, were his auditors." How- . ever ' by the petition of many of the citizens and gentry, and the honourable testimony of several ministers, concerning his orthodox doctrine and unblemished character, together with the testimony of ten knights and others, presented to the archbishop, he was again restored, and the archdeacon inhibited from his jurisdiction.s It is likewise observed, that all who took an active part in this affair, exposed themselves to the scorn and contempt of the people.t. Mr. Palmer afterwards removed to the vicarage of Ashwell in Hertfordshire, to which, on account of his amiable cha- racter, though a puritan, he was presented by Bishop Land, receiving his institution February 7, 1632. Laud mentioned this circumstance as an initance of his impartiality, in his own defence, at his trial.§ There Mn Palmer, as in his former situation, discovered his zealous care and unwearied diligence, in promoting the welfare of his flock. Though he was a man of great learning, he never wished to make it appear. He sought not the applause of men, or any worldly 'emolument, but the approbation of God, the testimony of a good conscience, and the salvation of souls. During the above year, he was chosen one of the preachers to the university of Cambridge, and afterWards one of the clerks in convocation. In 1643, he was appointed one of the assembly of divines, and afterwards one of the assessors. During the assembly, he was highly distinguished by his ex- cellent talents, his unwearied industry, his great usefulness, and was seldom absent. Upon his removal from Ashwell, he was succeeded by Mr. Crow, afterwards silenced in 1662,11 and he accepted an invitation to Duke's-place, London. But afterwards, having received a pressing invitation, he becathe pastor at New Church,Westminster ' being succeeded at Duke's-place by Mr. (afterwards Dr.) Thomas Young, another worthy puritan. In each of these situations he was highly admired, and his preaching, expounding, catechizing, andother-ministerial labours, were abundant. Hewas always abounding in the work of the Lord. In 1644, lie was con- stituted master of Queen's college, Cambridge; by the Earl of Manchester. He succeededDr. Martin, one of Lauds chap- lains, and a manof high principles. Under the peculiar care Prynne's Cant. Doome, p.372,373.-Rushtvorth'sCullen. vol. ii. p.34. + Clark's Lives, p. 187.-Prytine's Cant. Doom, p. 373. Heylin's Life of Laud, p. 201. Clarkis Lives, p. 187. 11 Painter's Nonce.. Mem. vol. ii. p. 302.