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wherein the Lords of her Highness's molt Honourable Privy Council ( all things cons sidered) onght in duty to aflift and countenance me. But how is it possible that I Should perform the Charge which I have undertaken, after so long liberty, and lack of Discipline , if a few Perfons, so meanly qualified ( as most of these Faltious Sectáries are) should be countenanced against the whole State of the Clergy of greatest account both for Learning, Years, Staidness, Wifdom, Religion, and Honesty, and open Breakers and Impugners of the Law, young in Years, proud in Conceipt, contentious in Disposition, pould be maintained again their Governors, seeking to reduce them to Order, and to Obedience Hæc sunt initia Hæreticorum, & ortus, atque conatus Schismaticorum malè cogitantium, ut sibi placeant, ut præpositum superbo cumore contemnant. Sic de Ecclesia re. ceditur, fic Altare profanum foris collocatur, fic contra pacem Christi, & ore, dinationem, atque unitatem Dei rebellatur. The First fruits of Hereticks, and the first Births and Endeavours of Schismaticks are these, to admire them. selves, and in their swelling Pride to con. temn any that are set over them. Thus do men fall from the Church of God; thus


is a foreign unhallowed Altar erected; and thus is Christ's Peace, and God's Ordination and Vnity rebelled against. For mine own part, I neither have done, nor do any thing in these Matters, which I do not think my felf in conscience and duty bound to do, and which her Majesty hath not with earnest Charge committed unto me, and which I am not well able to justify to be most requisite for this Church and State ; whereof, next to her Majesty (though most un. worthy, or at the least most unhappy) the chief care is committed unto me, which I will not by the grace of God neglect, whatfoever come upon me therefore. Neither may I endure their notorious Contempts, unless I will become Æsop's Block, and undo all that which hitherto hath been done. And how then foall I be able to perform my Duty, according to her Majesty's Expectation. It is certain, that if way be given unto them, upon their unjust Surmises and Clamours, it will be the cause of that confusion, which hereafter the State will be sorry for. I neither care for the Honour of this place I hold (which is onus unto me) nor the largeness of the Revenue , neither any worldly thing (I thank God) in respect of doing my Duty; neither, do I fear the displeasure of Man, nor the evil


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Tongue of the uncharitable , who call me Tyrant, Pope, Knave, and lay to my charge things that I never did, nor thought. Scio enim hoc esse opus Diaboli, ut Servos Dei mendaciis laceret, & opinioni. bus fallis, gloriofum nomen infamet, ut qui conscientiæ suæ luce clarescunt, alienis rumoribus sordidentur. For I know that this is the work of that Accufer, the Devil, that he may tear in pieces the Ser. vants of God with Lies, that he may diskonour their glorious Name with falfe Sur. miles, that they, who through the clearness of their own Conscience, are shining bright, might have the filth of other mens Slander's cast upon them. So was Cyprian himself ufed,' and other Godly Bishops, to whom I am not comparable. But that which most of all grieveth me, and is to be wondred at, and lamented, is, that some of those which give countenance to these Men, and cry out for a learned Ministry, should watch their opportunity, and be Instruments and means to place most unlearned Men in the chiefest Places and Livings of the Ministry, thereby to make the state of the Bishops and Clergy contemptible, and I fear saleable. This Hypocrify and dissembling with God and Man (in pretending one thing, and doing another) goeth to my heart, and maketh


me to think that God's Judgments are not far off. The day will come, when all mens hearts shall be opened. In the mean time I will depend upon him, who never faileth those that put their trust in him.

Thus far his Letters. After which 57. After this he linked himself in a he is in firict firm league of friendship with Sir Chris, league with Sir Christo- ftopher Hatton, then Vice-Chamberlain pher Hatton to the Queen's Majesty; and by the by means of O Barcof means of Dr. Bancroft (his then Hous

hold Chaplain, and afterwards Lord Archbishop of Canterbury) had him most firm, and ready upon all occasions to impart unto the Queen, as well the Crosses offered him at the Council

Table, as also sundry impediments, whereby he was hindred from the performance of many good Services to

wards her Majesty and the State. He Lord Treasurer had always the Lord Burley (then Burley his firm Friend.

Lord Treasurer of England) his firm
and constant Friend, and one that
would omit no opportunity for his ad
vancement, who prevailed so far, that
when the Earl of Leicester (one of those

honourable Personages afore-mention'd)
The Archbishop was in the Low-Countries, the Arch-
Sworn of the
"Privy Council. bishop, and the Lord Cobham, were first


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sworn Counsellors of State, and Thomas
Lord Buckhurst was sworn the day after,
whereat the Earl was not a little dis.
pleased. The Lord Buckhurst was join. Lord Buck
ed in like affection to the Archbishop as hurst his
the other two were, and continued af-

ter he came to be Lord Treasurer, his
faithful and loving Friend to the time of
his death.

58. When the Archbishop was thus established in friendship with these No. ble Personages, as aforesaid, their Favours, and his Place, wrought him free He has free access to the Queen, and gracious ac- access to the ceptance of his Motions in the Church's Queen. behalf. His Courses then at the Council- His Oppositions board were not so much crossed nor abated, impeached as heretofore; but by reason of his daily attendance and access, he then oftentimes gave impediment to the Sir Thomas Earl's Designments in Clergy Causes.


Zord Chancela 59. About this time Sir Thomas lor, died, Bromely (the then Lord Chancellor ) April 12.

1587. died; whereupon it pleased her Majesty the Queen disa to discover her gracious Inclination to posed to make have made the Archbishop Lord Chan- Lord Chancela

the Archbishop cellor of Eneland. But he excusing lor. himself in many respects, that he was He excuses

himself, and grown into years, and had the burthen recommende of all. Ecclefiaftical Businesses laid upon Sir Christo

his pher Hatton.

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