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tans. At that king's coronation, Feb. 2, 1625-6, he officiated as Dean of Westminster, in the room of Bishop Williams, who was then in disgrace: on which occasion he has been falsely charged with having altered the coronation oath. In 1626, he was translated from St. David's to the bishopric of Bath and Wells; and in 1628 to that of London. October 3, 1626, the King appointed him Dean of the Chapel Royal, and the year following he was sworn one of the privy Council. He was in the commission for exercising archiepiscopal jurisdiction during Archbishop Abbot's sequestration. In the third parliament of King Charles, he was voted to be one of the favourers of the Arminians, which, by that wise assembly, was reckoned an offence equal to the favouring Popery. On that occasion Francis Rous, afterwards speaker of Oliver Cromwell's parliament, made this remarkable speech: “ I desire that we may consider the increase of Arminianism, an error that makes the Grace of God lackey it after the will of man, that inakes the sheep to keep the shepherd, and makes a mortal seed of an immora tal God. Yea, I desire that we may look into the very belly and bowels of this Trojan Horse, to see if there be not men in it ready to open the gates to Romish tyranny, and Spanish monarchy; for an Arminian is the spawn of a Papist; and if there come the warmth of favour upon him, you shall see him turn into one of those frogs that rise out of the bottomless pit: and if you mark it well, you shall see an Arminian reaching out his hand to a Papist, a Papist to a Jesuit, a Jesuit gives one hand to the Pope, another to the King of Spain; and these men, having kindled a fire in our neighbour country, now they have brought some of it over hither to set on flame this kingdomn also. Here let us further search and consider, whether these be not the men that break in upon the goods and liberties of this commonwealth; for by this means they make way for the taking away of our reli
The ingenious and candid writer of the Archbishop's life, in the Biographia Britannica, first edition, justly observes upon this fanatical rant; strange
it is that any one should have the privilege of venting such notorious and palpable untruths, in so august an assembly! James Van Harinin, or Arminius, was as far distant from Po
Rushwerth, part i. p. 645. Vol. VII. Churchm. Mag. July, 1804.
pery, as Gomarus, or any other of his most zealous oppo.
So was the excellent Philip à Limborch, &c.; and so were those eminent English divines in the last century, who dared to make use of their reason, and after a due examination, embraced Van Harmin's opinions about Predestination and Grace*."
But to return to our bishop. His great intimacy with the Duke of Buckingham, rendered him very obnoxious to the popular party, and as he was suspected of being the writer of the King's speeches, it raised a great clamour against him, and his life was threatened. A paper was found in the dean of St. Paul's yard, to this effect:
Laud, look to thyself; be assured thy life is sought. As thou art the fountain of all wickedness, repent thee of thy monstrous sins, before thou be taken out of the world, &c. and assure thyself, neither God nor the world can endure such a vile counsellor to live, or such a whisperer;” or to this effect.—Upon this infamous paper, the bishop, in his diary, makes the following Christian and humble reflection:
Lord, I am a grievous sinner! but, I beseech thee, deliver my soul from them that hate me without a cause f.”
About the same time he was put into an ungracious office, namely, in a commission for raising monies by impositions or otherwise'; which the Commons called Excises; but it does not appear to have been executed. Amidst all his employments, his care did not slacken towards the place of his education, the university of Oxford; for, in order to put an end to the tumultuary and factious manner of electing the proctors, he fixed them to the several colleges according to rotation; and caused to be collected and put in order the broken and imperfect statutes of that university, which had lain for some centuries in a confused heap. On the 12th of April, 1630, he was elected Chancellor of Oxford, and made it his business the rest of his life to adorn it with buildings, and to enrich it with valuable books, manuscripts, coins, and medals. He began with the place of his education, St. John's College, where he built the inner quadrangle,
* Biog. Brit. vol. v. p. 2082, note W. As the doctrines of Calvin have been, and still are fa se: y charged upon our Church, we beg leave here to recommend to our readers an unanswerabla piece, entitled “ The Articles of the Church of England i roved not to be Calvinistic, by Thomas Kipling, D. D. dean of Peterborough.” second edition, 8vo. + Diary, p. 44.
He also gave
(except part of the outside of it, which was the old library,) in a solid and elegant manner. several MSS. to the library, and 500l. by will to the college*. Next, being resolved to free St. Mary's church from the inconveniences and profanation which the continual keeping of the public convocations and congregations in it inust be attended with, (for they were then held in that church,) he erected a stately and most elegant pile at the west end of the divinity school, and Bodleian library; the lower part whereof was for the keeping of the convocations and other public meetings of the uni. versity: and the upper part, opening into the public library, was for the reception of books; in which are deposited his own MSS. Mr. Se den’s library, &c. He bad also projected to clear the great square between St. Mary's church and the schools; where now stands the Radcliffe library; and to have raised a fair and capacious room, upon pillars, the upper part to serve for convocations and congregations; the lower for a walk or place of conference, in which students of all sorts might confer together, when they resorted to the schools, the library, or upon any other occasion. But the owners of the houses there not being willing to part with them, he was forced to drop that grand design t.
Besides a large quantity of books and medals, which he bestowed upon the University, be enriched the public library there with thirteen hundred MSS. in Hebrew, Syriac, Chaldee, Ægyptian, Æthiopian, Armenian, Turkish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Latin, Italian, French, Saxon, English, and Irish I. lle founded also an Arabic lecture, of which the learned Edward Pocock was the first professor,
After the murder of the duke of Buckingham, our bishop became the chief favourite of king Charles, which indeed increased his power and interest; but at the same time raised him a host of enemies, and at length proved his destruction. In order to put a stop to the prevalent disputes concerning God's decrees, he advised his inajesty to reprint the Thirty-nine Articles, with a royal declaration at the head of them, by which it was ordered, that “ 110 man hereafter shall either print or preach to draw the article aside any way, but shall submit to it in the plain and * Wood's llist, and Antiq. Univ. Oson. I. ii. p. 310. lleylyt, ut sup. 211, + Heylyn, p. 379. I Wood, u. s. lib. ii, p. 58.
full meaning thereof: and shall not put his own sense or comment to be the meaning of thearticle, but shall takeitin the literal and grammatical sense.” This declaration so alarmed the Calvinists, that they drew up a petition wherein they complained of the restraints they were laid under by his Majesty's forbidding them to preach the saving doctrines of God's free grace in election and predestination to eternal life, according to the 17th Article of the Church, &c.” The House of Commons also took fire at this declaration, and because they could not pass an act in violation of the King's supremacy, they entered into this uncoinmon vow: “We the Commons in Parliament assembled, do claim, protest, and avow for truth, the sense of the articles of religion which were established by Parliament in the thirteenth year of our late queen Elizabeth, which, by the public act of the Church of England, and by the general and current expositions of the writers of our Church, have been delivered unto
And we reject the sense of the Jesuits and Arminians, and all others wherein they differ from us *."
This singular piece is as full of falsehood as it is of intolerance; for no Parliament whatever in that queen's reign established the sense of the articles,” “nor was there ever any public act of the Church” herself to that effect.
Bishop Laud was not to be daunted by this resolution of the Commons; but was determined to check the progress of Puritanism, which had already made sad havock upon the peace of the Church. He, therefore, procured some instructions relating to bishops and lecturers 10 be published, by which the former were pressed to residence, and the latter were required to be conformable to the Canons of the Church. Unexceptionable, and really necessary as these injunctions were, they gave great offence to the puritanical party, Nor was the repair
of St. Paul's cathedral, which he undertook, better approved of, though' much wanted: nay, it was afterwards imputed to him as a crime, So likewise was his consecration of of St. Catherine Cree Church, in 1630, concerning which the most shameful falsehoods were trumped up at his trial, and have frequently been reported by historians, though the archbishop clearly refuted them. The fact was, our prelate made use of a form on that occasion,
* Heylyn, p. 360,
# Wood, u, s lib, ii, p. 53,
which had been drawn uy by that sound Protestant, bishop Andrews, and yet his rancorous enemies have, in the very face of evidence, continued to assert thai he followed the pontifical.
About the same time he undertook to overthrow an institution which some private persons had formed to buy in impropriations. This design appeared to be good and charitable, but in reality it was a masked battery against the Church; the projectors of it intending to set up stipendiary lecturers of the Puritan stimp in all the great market towns.
On the 15th of May, 1633, the bishop of London went to Scotland to be present at the King's coronation, and while there, was sworn a privy counsellor of that kingdom. During his residence in Scotland, he formed the design of bringing that Church to an exact conformity with the Church of England. That design was a favourite one with the late King; but, when he found that his Northern subjects were much set against such a conformity, he laid it aside. His son, however, was more determined, though, it must be confessed, that tlie complexion of the times was íar from being favourable to the project.
[To be concluded in our next.]
SACRED CRITICISM. No, XIX.
A CRITIQUE ON OUR LORD's PROPHECIES,
Matt. xxiii, xxiv, xxv,
Continued from Vol. VI. p. 90.)
TO THE EDITOR OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHMAN'S
of the several Scripture-Texts, usually adduced to support the “ received hypothesis,” that, the enquiry of our Lord's disciples about the sign of his presence, Matt.