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34. 7be HISTORY of the PURITANS. Chap. I. King Moft of the bithops complied with the injun Lions, except Bonner of Edward VI. London, and Gardiner of WincheJler. Bonner offered a referve, which not 1547 being accepted, he made an abfolute fubmiffion ; neverthelefs he was comr. mitted fome time to the Fleet for contempt. Gardiner having protefted againft the injun &ions and homilies as contrary to the law of God, was fent alto to the Fleet, where he continued till after the riling of parliament, and was then releafed by a general ad of grace. Parliament The parliament which met November 4th, made feveral alterations in repeal,"eve- favour of the reformation. They repealed all laws declaring any thing trea- radpopiy, Lawsand fon except what was fpecified in the at of z5th Edward IIt ; and twoof the makes new ftatutes againft lollardies. They repealed the ftatute of the fix articles, ones. with the ads that followed in explanation of it; all laws in the late reign, declaring any thing felony that was not fo declared before ; together with the aßì that made the king's proclamation of equal authority with an aft of parliament. Befides the repeal of thefe laws, fundry new ones were enaied ; r Edward 6. as, That the facrament of the Lord's fupper fhould be adminifired in both `ap. I. kinds, agreeably to Chrift's firft inf'titution, and the pradice of the church A67 .4 42r ap- for Soo years ; and that all private maffes fhould be put down : An ad pointing Bi- concerning the admiffionof bifhops into their fees ; which Pets forth, that ° the manner of choofing bithops by a conge d' elire, being but the Ihadow of an election, all bithops hereafter fhall be appointed by the king's letters patents only, and Ihall continue the exercife of their jurifdiétion, during their x Edward 6. natural life if they behave well. One of the firft patents with this claufe, is cap. 2. that of Dr. Barlow bifhop of Bath and Wells, bearing date Feb. 3. in the BO' R for. fecond year of the king's reign ; but all the reft of the bithops afterwards p. 218. took out letters patents for their bifhopricks with the fame claufe. In this the archbifhophad a principal hand ; for it was his judgment, that the ex- Mens. Cran. ercife of all epifcopal jurifdiftion depended upon the prince ; and that as he P. 141. gave it, he might reftrain or take it away at his pleafure : Cranmer thought /PP' P 53 the exercife of his own epifcopal authority ended with the late king's life, and therefore would not ad as archbifhop, till he had received a new commifïion from king Edward. In the fame ftatute it is declared, " That fince all jurifdiition both fpi- " ritual and temporal was derived from the king, therefore all proceffes in " the fpiritual court fhould from henceforward be carried on in the king's " name, and be fealed with the king's Peal, as in the other courts of corn- " mon law, except the archbifhop of Canterbury's courts only in all facul- " ties and difpenfations; but all collations, prefentations, or letters of or- " ders were to pats under the bifhopsproper feals as formerly." By this law, caufes concerning wills and marriages were to be tried in the king's name; however this was repealed in the next reign. Laity,