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"I had rather you understood a truth by my tc report in fuche matters wherein I am a doer, "than by the uncertain fpecch of the Court. I "have travailed much by myself, alone, for the " want of other Commiffioners, to trie out a Poffeffion which was very erneftlie beleeved and "fet forth, and by printe recondict and fpredd "without lycenfe. The two printers whereof, "with others that fold these pamphlets, were "commytted to prifon. And if I had my will, "I would commytt fome of the principal actreffes "to pryfon, to learn them hereafter not to abuse "the Queen's Majeftie's people fo bafely, falfely, " and impudently. After I had by divers exami"nations tryed out the falfehood, I required Sir "Rowland Hayward and Mr. Recorder of the
City to be affiftant with me, who heard the wench examined and confeffed, and plaied her pranks before them. We had the father and "the mother, by which mother this wench was "counfelled and fupported; and yet would fhe "not confefs any thing. Whofe ftubborneffe we
confidering, fent her to close prison at West"minster Gate; where fhe remaineth, until her daughter and another maid of Lothburie have openlie done their penance at Paul's Croffe, as "it is ordered.
"I am fo greeved with fuch diffemblers, that "I cannot be quiett with myfelf. I doo intend, " because their bookes are so spredd abroade and "C believed, to fet out a confutation of the fare "falfehood. The tragedie is fo large that I might
fpend much time to trouble your Honor withal; "but brieflie I have fent to your Lordship a copie "of the vaine book, printed, and a copie of their "confeffions at length. And thus knowing that "your Lordship is at the Court, I thought good "to fend to you, wishing his Majestie and all you "wayting upon him, a profperous retorne. From my house at Lambeth, this Frydaie the 13th of Auguft,
"To the Right Honnble my "verie good Lord, the L. Treasurer of England."
"Your L. loving friend,
"I retorne to your Honor agayn your letters,
by with may be understanded that ye have theni ready to execute your orders of the best fort, "and of the most part excepting a fewe Catylyns, "who bi fufferance will infect the whole Coll.
Whereupon, when King Edward's ftatutes "stablished by his Counsell, delivered them bi his
Vifitors, the fame nowe bi the Queen's Majef"tie's Vifitors retorned to them, your orders "of late, with confent of the body of the Uni"verfity, the Queene's Highness pleasure sent to " them by my letter; you, the Chancellor, of the Privy Councill, and in fuch place and credyt as ye be, would ye fuffer so much authority to be "borne under foote by a bragging braynles head " or two? In my opinion, your conscience shall "never be excufable (I praye your charitie par"don my plainnes) ex intimo corde ex purâ confcientiâ coram Deo et Chrifto ejus I fpeke, we mar our religion; our circumfpection fo variable (as though it was not God's caufe which we would defend) maketh cowards thus to cocke over us. "I do not like that the Commiffioners letters "fhould go to private Colleges, especially after "fo much paffed. I muft faye as Demofthenes answered, what was the chief part in rhetorick, "the fecond and the third; Pronunciation, fayd
he; fo faye I, Execution, execution, execution "of lawes and orders must be the first and the "laft part of governance; although I yet admit "moderators for tymes, places, multitudes, &c. " and hereafter, for God's love never ftyr any alterations, except it be fairly meant to have "them established. For or ellis we should hold "us in no certaintye, but be ridiculous to our "adverfaries, and contemned of our own, and
"gyve the adventure of more dangers. And thus
ye must pardon my boldnes. For my own "part, I repose myself in filentio et in fpe, et for"titudo mea eft Dominus, how foever the world "fawneth or frowneth.
"To the Right Honnble "Mr. Secretary.
« October 8, 1565."
"Your, in Christ our Lord,
THERE is a very pretty little book in French, called "Great Events from Little Caufes," by M. Richer. He fuppofes the Peace of Utrecht to have arisen from the Duchess of Marlborough's spilling fome water upon Queen Anne's gown.”
In that very entertaining piece of biography "Sir George Paul's Life of Archbishop Whitgift," there is a trifling circumftance mentioned, which, in the opinion of a very acute and intelligent Lady, perhaps gave rife to the fect of the Diffenters in England.
The circumftance is this:-" The firft difcon"tentment of Mafter Cartwright (a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and a celebrated difputant)
disputant) grew at a publick Act in that Univerfity before Queen Elizabeth, because Mafter Prefton, (then of King's College, and after"wards Master of Trinity Hall,) for his comely gefture and pleafing pronunciation, was both "liked and rewarded by her Majesty, and him"felf received neither reward nor commenda"tion, prefuming on his own good scholarship. "This his no fmall grief he uttered unto divers "of his friends in Trinity College, who were " also much discontented, because the honour of "the difputation did not redound unto their College. Master Cartwright, immediately after "her Majesty's neglect of him, began to trade "into divers opinions, as that of the discipline, "and to kick against her Ecclefiaftical Government; and that he might the better feed his "mind with novelties, he travelled to Geneva, "where he was so far carried away with an affec"tion of their new-devifed difcipline, as that he "thought all Churches and Congregations for "Governments Ecclefiaftical were to be measured "and fquared by the practice of Geneva. Therefore, when he returned home he took many exceptions against the eftablished Government of
"the Church of England, and the observation of "its rites and ceremonies, and the administration "of its Holy Sacraments, and buzzed thefe con
"ceits into the heads of divers young Preachers " and