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The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting

The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison

Mortal Coils

Aldous Huxley

The Secret Doctrine, Volume I Cosmogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

An Ecclesiastical History of Great Britain, Chiefly of England

by Jeremy Collier


This application was seconded some few days after by a letter of three bishops to the duke of Buckingham, the words are these:

"May It Please Your Grace,"We are bold to be suitors to you, in the behalf of the Three Church of England, and a poor member of it, Mr. Mountague, i"fruTin hi« at this time not a little distressed. We are not strangers to his ^*,"^J? '** person, but it is the cause which we are bound to be tender of. Bucldng

"The cause we conceive (under correction of better judg- ham' ment) concerns the Church of England merely; for that Church, when it was reformed from the superstitious opinions broached or maintained by the Church of Rome, refused the apparent and dangerous errors, and would not be too busy with every particular school-point. The cause why she held this moderation was, because she could not be able to preserve any unity amongst Christians, if men were forced to subscribe to curious particulars disputed in schools.

"Now, may it please your grace, the opinions which at this time trouble many men in the late book of Mr. Mountague, are some of them such as are expressly the resolved doctrine of the Church of England, and those he is bound to maintain: some of them such as are fit only for schools, and to be left at more liberty for learned men to abound in their own sense, so they keep themselves peaceable, and distract not the Church. And therefore to make any man subscribe to school opinions, may justly seem hard in the Church of Christ, and was one great fault of the council of Trent. And to affright them from those opinions in which they have (as they are bound) subscribed to the Church, as it is worse in itself, so it may be the mother of greater danger.

"May it please your grace further to consider, that when the clergy submitted themselves, in the time of Henry VIII., the submission was so, that if any difference, doctrinal or other, fell in the Church, the king and the bishops were to be judges of it in a national synod or convocation, the king first

ABBOT, giving leave under his broad seal, to handle the points in ^^ difference.

"But the Church never submitted to any other judge, neither indeed can she, though she would: and we humbly desire your grace to consider, and then to move his most gracious majesty (if you shall think fit) what dangerous consequences may follow upon it. For,

"1. First, If any other judge be allowed in matter of doctrine, we shall depart from the ordinance of Christ, and the continued course and practice of the Church.

"2. Secondly, If the Church be once brought down beneath herself, we cannot but fear what may be next struck at.

"3. Thirdly, It will some way touch the honour of his majesty's dear father, and our most dread sovereign of glorious and ever blessed memory, king James, who saw and approved all the opinions in this book: and he, in his rare wisdom and judgment, would never have allowed them, if they had crossed with truth and the Church of England.

"4. Fourthly, We must be bold to say, that we cannot conceive what use there can be of civil government in the commonwealth, or of preaching and external ministry in the Church, if such fatal opinions as some which are opposite, and contrary to these delivered by Mr. Mountague, are, and shall be publicly taught and maintained.

"5. Fifthly, We are certain that all or most of the contrary opinions were treated of at Lambeth, and ready to be published; but then queen Elizabeth, of famous memory, upon notice given, how little they agreed with the practice of piety and obedience to all government, caused them to be suppressed, and so they have continued ever since, till of late some of them have received countenance at the synod of Dort. Now this was a synod of that nation, and can be of no authority in any other national Church, till it be received there by public authority. And our hope is, that the Church of England will be well advised, and more than once over, before she admit a foreign synod, especially of such a Church as condemneth her discipline and manner of government, to say no more.

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