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Letters, I had from above, I need not relate; Sure I am I had Peace, and comfort at home, in the happy sense of that generall unanimity, and loving correfpondence of my Clergy, till in the last year of my presiding there, after the Synodicall oath was fet on foot, ( which yet I did never tender to any one Minister of iny Diocess ) by the incitarion of some busie interlopes of the neighbour County, some of them began to enter inco an unkind contestation with me, about the ele fion of Clerks of the convo. caiion ; whom they secrecly, without ever acquainting ine with their desire or purpose ( as driving to that end which we see now accomplished ) would needs nominate and set up in Competition to those, whom I had ( after the usuall form) recommended to them; That they had a right to free voices in that choice, I denyed not; only I had reason to take it unkindly, that they would work underhand without me, and against me; profesling that if they had be. fore hand made their desires known to me, I should willingly have gone along with them in their election ; It came to the Poll; Those of my Nominacion carried it, The Parliament begun ;

Afcer some hard tugging there, returning home upon a recess; I was met on the way, and cheerfully wellcom’d with some hundreds : In no worse terms, I left that my once dear Diocess : when returning to Westminister, I was soon call’d by his Majesty (who was then in the North ) to a remove to Norwich:

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but but how I took the Tower in my way: and how I have been dealt with fince my repair hither, I could be Lavilh in the sad report, ever desiring my

Good God, to enlarge my heart in Thankfulness to him, for the sensible experience I have had of his fatherly hand over me, in the deepest of all my Ami&ions, and to strengthen me, for whatsoever other tryalls, he Mall be pleased to call me unto : That being found faithfull unto the Death, I may obtain that Crown of life, which he hath Ordained for all those that Overcome,

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Bishop HALL'S HARD MEASURE.

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Othing could be more plain, then that upon

the Call of this farliament, and before, there was a general Plot and Resolution

of the Faction to alter the Governinent of the Church especially, the height and insolency of some Church-governours, as was conceived, and the ungrounded imposition of some Innovations upon the Churches both of Scotland and England gave a fit Hint to the Project : In the vacancy therefore before the Summons, and immediately after it, there was great working secretly for the Designation and Election as of Knights and Burgesses, fo especially (beyond all former ufe) of the Clerks of Convo. cation; when now the Clergy were stirred up to contest with, and oppose their Diocesans, for the choice of such men as were most inclined to the favour of an Alteration. The Parliament was no sooner sate, then many vehement Speeches were made against established Church-government, and enforcement of extirpation both root and branch. And because it was not fit to set upon all at once,the resolution was to begin with those Bishops which had subscribed to the (anons then lately published, upon the shutting up of the former Parliament, whom they would first have had accused of Treason ; but that not appearing feisible, they thought best to irdite them of very high crimes and offences against the King, the Parliament, and Kingdom, which was prosecuted with great earnestness by some prime Lawyers in the House of Commons, and entertained with like fervency by some zealous Lords in the House of Peers ; every of those particular Canons being pressed to the most envious and dangerous height that was posible. The Arch bishop of York (was designed for the report ) aggravating Mr. Maynards criminations to the utmost, not without some Interspersions of his own. The Counsel of the ac. cused Bishops gave in such a demurring Answer as stopt the mouth of that heinous Indi&ment: when this prevailed not, it was contrived to draw Petitions accusatory from many parts of the Kingdom against Episcopal Government, and the Promoters of the petitions were entertained with great respects; whereas the many petitions of the oppofite part, though subscribed with many thousand hands, were sleighted and disregarded. VVithall, the Rabble of London, after their petitions cunningly and upon other pretences procured, were stirred up to come to the Houses personally to crave justice both against the Farl of Strafford first, ard then against the Archbishop of Canterbury, and lastly against the whole

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Order of Bishops; which coming at first unarm'd were checked by fome well-willers, and easily perfwaded to gird on their rusty Swords, and so accoutred came by thousands to the Houses, filling all the outer rooms, offering foul abuses to the Bishops as they passed, crying out No Bishops, No Bishops; and at laft, afte: divers dayes assembling, grown to that height of fury, that many of them, whereof Sir Richard Wifeman professed (though to his cost) to be Captain, came with resolution of fome violent courses, in so much that many Swords were drawn hereupon at Westminster, and the Rout did not stick openly to profess that they would pull the Bishops in pieces. Messages were fint down to them from the Lords, they still held firm both to the place and their bloody resolutions. It now grew to be Torch-light, one of the Lords, the Marquefle of Hartford came up to the Bishops Form, told us that we were in great danger, advised us to take some course for our own safery, & being desired to tell us what he thought was the best way, counselled us to continue in the Parliament House all that night; for ( saith he) these people Vow they will watch you at your going out, and will search every Coach for you with Torches, fo as you cannot escape. Hereupon the House of Lords was moved for some Order for the preventing their mutinous and riotous meetings; Messages were fent down to the House of Commons to this purpose more then once, nothing was effected; but for the

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