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E

353,

cap

át

all

brook one

and

the

fame Ecclefiaf

ical

Government.

Thus

much

I

thought good

to

tettify

concerning

thefe

Eccletiattical Matters,

to

clear me

of

all

Sufpicton

of

double

and

indire&

Dealing

in

the

Houle

of God."

'Tis

plain

there-

fore, hedifliked

the

Puritans,

not

for

disliking

fome

Ceremonies,

but

for rudely and boldly

attempting

the

peftrt

&ion

of

the

Church

of

England,

and

the

Intr0u6ti0n of

their

own

indigefled

Platforms.

11í's

Hilt.

p.

507. `

Sir

Richard

.Knightley,

Sir

Wigfton,

who

had

entertained the Prefs,

to-

'

gether

with

the

Printer,

and

Humphrey .Newman

[a Cobler,

his

Author

lays] the

Difp -rfer,

were

b

deeply

fined

in

the

Star

-

Chamber.

For

this

he

quotes Fuller Lib.

9.p.

194.

They

were

indeed

condemned

in

a

Fine;

but

Mr.

Fuller,

in

the

Place

quoted

by

Mr.

N.

informs us, that

Archbithop

Whitgift importuned the Queen

'

to

have

them

delivered

out

of

Prifon,

and

eafed

of

their

Fines, which,

upon their Submiffion, was

performed;

whole

Mildnefs

(adds

Mr.

Fuller)

to

'

mediate

1r

his

Adverfaries,

as

it

was

highly

com-

mended

by

fome,

fo

there

wanted not

thofewho

'

imputed

his

Moderation

therein

to declining

of

Envy,

&c. Thus

impoftible

it

is

to

pleafe

fr9-

'

ward

Spirits, and

to

make

them

like

the

belt

Deed,

who dillike

the

Doer

thereof.

It

cannot

be

fuppofed, that

Mr.

Rapin

was

any

way

partial

to Archbifhop Whitgift

;

and

therefore

the

Chara

&er

he

gives

of

that

eminent Prelate

(dir

redly contrary to

Mr.

N's)

deferves

the

greaten

Regard.

'

Whitgifs

(lays

Mr.

Rapin)

was a

mild

Rapin

Hift.'

and

peaceable Man.,

who would

have been

very

Vol.

X.

glad

to

reclaim the Puritans

by

loft

and

gentle

Means,

filch

as

the Gofpel

allows."

Mr.

.1V'.

on the

contrary,

defcribes

him

as

one who was

refolved

to

bear

down

all

Oppofition,

and

to

dir-

play his

fovereign

Power

againil

all

whole

Con-

'

fciences

were not

as

flexible

as

his

own.

'

And

to

prove

this

Flexibility

of

Whitgift's Confcience,

he

alledges,

'

he

had

complied

with the Popifh

Re

Hitlor»

ligion, and kept

his

Place

in

the

Univerfty,p,

4a8,

throughout

all the

Reign

of

Queen

Mary." Com-

plied

with the

Popifh

Religion

!

the

Reverie

of

A

a

this.