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C

s7

about Rites and

Ceremonies, Surplices

and fquare

Caps?

Was not

the

Danger great

enough to

em-

ploy

the

whole Attention

of

the

Publick?

Such

a

Seafon feemed

to

require fotnething like

the

Di&a-

torial

Power among

the

Romans,

which

a

Man

may,

from the

Topicks

of

Liberty,

inveigh againft,

when

the threatening Danger

is

over, with

as

much

Propriety

as

Mr.

N.

does

now

againft

thofe

uncom-

mon Meafures the Queen found

her

Pelf

obliged

to

take at fuch

a

critical

Time.

Happy

for Great

Britain!

that there was no Quarrel

at

this

Jun&ure

between

the

Queen

and

Parliament;

and that

our

Forefathers

were not

fo ready

to

oppofe their

Prince,

as

the

Author

of

the

Hillory

of

the

Puri-

tans

willies

they

had

been.

His

Words,

upon

this

Occafon,

{hall

fpeak

for

him.

`

IF

(fays he)

there

had

been

a

Spirit

of

Englfh

Liberty

in

the

Houfe

`

of Commons,

they

would

NOT

have

SUBMITTED

fo tamely

to

the

Infults

of

an

arbitrary Court,

`

which

arrefted their

Members for

Liberty

of

Speech, and

committed

them to

Prifon, which

forbid

their

redreffing

the

Grievances

of

Church

`

and

State,

and

Pent

for their

Bills

out

of

the

Houfe,

and

cancelled

them.

Thefe

were fuch

A

&s

of

Sovereign

Power,

which

none

of

her

Ma-

jetty's Ancettors

affurn'd, and which

colt

one

of

her

Succetfors

his

Crown and

Life.

N's

Hill.

p.

589.

`

Thus

the

Puritan

Clergy,

were

put

upon

a

Level with Rogues

and

Felons,

and made to

hold

up

their

Hands

at the Bar,

a-

`

mong

the vileit

Criminals.'

This

is

a

Remark Mr.

N

makes, after

he had

given an

Account

of

two Profecutions. The

one

he

gravely

calls

Mr.

Darrell's

Suferin

s,

for pre-

tending

to

caft

out unclean

Spirits.

The

other

he

calls

Mr.

Allen's Cafe. As

to

Darrell

the

Au-

thor,

Mr.

N.

quotes, viz.

Strype,

Life of Whitgift,

P.

492,,

gives

this

Account. ' When

the open Praeli-

`

ces,

for fettling

the

new Difcipline, would

not

prevail, there was

a

more fecret

Method

made

Ufe

of,

by

forne

of

their

Ildinifiers,

of

doing fome-

`

thing that

looked little

lefs than

miraculous,

namely,

the calling

out Devils,

from Perlons

ti

a

3

4

pre-