Neal - Houston-Packer Collection BX9333 .N4 1754 v1

Chap. IV. The HISTORY of the PURITANS. 139 for a compromife : Accordingly a pacifick propofition was drawn up, .jeen which Humphreys and Sampfon were willing to fubfcribe, with the referve Ehzpbeth, o fthe .apottle, All things are lawful, but all things edify not. But the 7sb. archbiíhop, who was at the head of the commitlion, would abate no- Proceedi¡tgr thing ; for on the 29th of .4pri7 he told them peremptorily in open mdonerm court, that they fhould conform to the habits; that is, to wear thefuare. cap .and no hats in their long gowns ; to wear thefurplice with non regent's hoods in the choirs, according to ancient cu/lom; and to communicate kneeling in wafer bread ; or elfe they fhould part with their preferments. To L. ofParker, which our divines replied, that their confciences could not comply with ker, p. r85. -thefe injunëlions, be the event what it might. Upon this they were both Sampfon de- put under confinement; but the ftorm fell chiefly upon Sampfon, who was pried. detained in prifon a confiderable time, as a terror to others ; and by a fpe- dial order from the queen, was deprived of his deanry; nor could he ever obtain, after this, any higher preferment in the church, than thegovern- ment of a poor hofpital. Humphrey's place was not at the queen's difpofal; however he durft Humphrey's not return to Oxford, even after he had obtained his releaCe out of prifon, Letter to the but retired to one Mrs. Warcup's in ßerkfhire, a molt devout woman, aaeen. who had run all hazards for harbouring the perfeçuted proteftants in the late times: From hence he writ a mot} excellent letter to the queen, in which he " befeeches her majefiy's favour about the habits, forafmuch as fhe well knew that the controverfy was about things in their own " nature indifferent, and in which liberty of confcience ought not to be " reflrained. He protefls his own and his brethrens loyalty, and then " expoftulates with her mojetty, why her mercy fhould be flint againft " them, when it was open to all others ? Did the fay the would not yield " to fuhje is ? yet the might (pare, rniferable men. Would fhe not re- " feind a publick aft ? Yet fhe might relax and fufpend it. Would fhe ` not take away a law ? Yet fhe might grant a toleration. Was it not " fit to indulge fome men's affeétions? Yet it was molt fit and equal not " to force the minds of men. He therefore earneftly befeeched her to " confider the majefty of the glorious gofpel, the equity of the caufe, " the fewnefs of the labourers, the greatnefs of the harveft, the multi- " tude of the tares, and the heavinefs of the pùnifhment. ". Hum- obtains a to. phreys made fo many friends at court, that at length he obtained a to- leration. leration, but had no preferment in the church till I o or t 2 years after M. S. 873. when he was perfuaded to wear the habits. For altho' the bifho of Wisp! 'st. nats, Vol. II, che/ler prefented him to a fmall living within the diocefe of Salifhury, p. 45r, Yewel refufed to admit him, and laid he was determined to abide L. ofParker, by his refolution, till he had good,affurance of his conformity. The R18,:i5Ox Oxford hiftorian fays, Dr. Humphreys was a moderate, confcientious non- p. 242. T 2 conformift,