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I must now again look back to Oxford, and tell my reader, that the year before this expulsion, when the University had denied this fubfcription, and apprehended the danger of that visitation which followed, they sent Dr. Morley, then Canon of Christ Church (now Lord Bishop of Winchester), and others, to petition the Parliament for recalling the injunction, or a mitigation of it, or to accept of their reasons why they could not take the oaths enjoined them; and the Petition was by Parliament referred to a Committee to hear and report the reasons to the House, and a day set for hearing them. This done, Dr. Morley and the rest went to inform and fee counsel, to plead their cause on the day appointed: but there had been so many committed for pleading, that none durft be so bold as to under. take it cordially : For at this time the privileges of that part of the Parliament then fitting were become a Noli me tangere; as facred and useful to them as traditions ever were, or are now, to the Church of Rome; their number must never be known, and therefore not without danger to be meddled with. For which reason Dr. Morley was forced for want of counsel, to plead the University's reasons for not-compliance with the Parliament's injunctions, and though this was done with great Teason, and a boldness equal to the justice of his cause, yet the effect of it was, but that he and the rest appearing with him were so fortunate as to return to Oxford without commitment. This was fome few days before the Visitors and more soldiers were sent down to drive the Dissenters out of the University. And one that was, at this time of Dr. Morley's pleading, a powerful man in the Parliament, and of that Committee, obferving Dr. Morley's behaviour and reason, and inquiring of him, and hearing a good report of his principles in religion, and of his morals, was therefore willing to afford him a peculiar favour; and that he might express it, sent for me that relate this story, and knew Dr. Morley well, and told me, " he had “ such a love for Dr. Morley, that knowing he would not take " the oaths, and must therefore be ejected his College, and " leave Oxford; he desired I would therefore write to him " to ride out of Oxford when the Visitors came into it, and not "ó return till they left it, and he should be sure then to return " in safety; and that by so doing he should, without taking any “ cath, or other moleitation, enjoy his Canon's place in the “ College.", I did receive this intended kindness with a sudden gladness, becaufe I was sure the party had a power to do what
" from the Maidens to Divinity, their mitress, wherein he excelled and “ (hined above many of his fellows: all that then lived with him in Queen's 66 College in Cambridge, whereof he was a Fellow, do very well know. 6. He shined every way, and was a BRIGHT-MAN indeed in his life; Mining as to all that heard his learned catechising, and common places, and lec6 tures in the College, or his fermons in the country, in Bedfordihire. He « is said to have always prayed for a sudden death. His prayer was granted. “ As he was reading a book, and travelling in a coach with his friend and “ patron, Sir John Osborn, he was seized with a fainting fit, and being "taken out of the carriage for the benefit of the air, he instantly expired, " Aug. 24, 1607.".
Mr. Thomas Cartwrighi, the noted Puritan, in allusion to the name of Mr. Brightman, confiders him as full of illumination as “ a bright star in " the church of God." Though no favourable opinion can be entertained of his writings, yet the acknowledged innocence of his life and conversation entitles him to every encomiuin.
x 6. The Antitype thereof is the second reformed church, which fould « spring up after that of Germany. And this is the Church of Helvetia, " Suavia, Geneva, France, Holland, Scotland. I joyn all there together os into one Church, because ihey almost live by one and the same lawes and “ manner of government, as touching any matter of moment. Neither o doth the distance of place breake offe that fociety, which the coojoining " of mindes and good will couplerh together. Yea, this difperfing doth « chiefly agree to the Philadelphians, whom we said to dwell more thickig cc in the fields rian in the city. Whereby it cometh to pass, that this 66 bareness of the citizens taketh up a great deal of place, though the ci. “tizens be not so many. We Niall find, that this Church I speak of arose ciup afrer that of Germany, when Ulrick Zuinglius began to teach, at " Zurich, among the Zuizers, anno 1519. And the Reformation was " begun the fourth year after, that is 1523.”
(Brightman on the Revelation, p. 109.) " Laodices, the seventh city, wantein a parallel 10 match ber, as being « a peer iets paragon. The counterpain of the third reformed church, " which before that I do by naine specifie, I inua pur away from me, by 66 all erneit intreaty, the uniuit fufpicion which some men may raile " against me, and the offence which they may sake of my words. It was " not truly any distempereci afiection of my heart, thai hath fer me on 56 work to seek out an odious application of this epiftle. God is my witnefa, " that I am not grieved through envy either at the wealihi or yet at the “honour of any man.- Wherefore let no wan blame me for speaking " that which not ro much my own mind, as the duly of a faithfulinters “ preter, constraineth me to utter. And I hope that thole, who love the “ truth, will not disdain and reject lo equal a petition, on which hepe ren “ jying, and chitily on his hely, who is the guide of my wity and my life,
nity:-Therefore did those Covenanters rejoice, approve, and applaud Mr. Brightman, for discovering and foretelling the Bithops' downfal ; so that they both railed at them, and at the same time rejoiced to buy good pennyworths of all their land, which their friends of the House of Commons did afford both to themselves and then, as a reward for their zeal and diligent assistance to pull them down y .
And the Bishops' power being now vacated, the common people were made so happy, as that every parish might chóofe their own minister, and tell him when he did and when he did not preach true doctrine; and by this, and the like means, several churches had several teachers, that prayed" and preached for and against one another; and engaged their hearers to contend furiously for truths which they understood noi; some of which I shall mention in what will follow2.
I have heard of two men that in their discourse undertook to give a character of a third person; and one concluded he was a very honest man, for he was beholden to him; and the other that he was not, for he was not beholden to him. And fomething like this was in the designs both of the Covenanters and Independents, the last of which were now grown both as numerous and as powerful as the former: for though they differed much in many principles, and preached against each other, one