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For the CHURCH OF ENGLAND, I am persuaded that the constant Doctrine of

it is so pure and Orthodox, th at whosoever believes it, and lives accord-
ing to it, undoubtedly he shall be saved ; and that there is no Error in it,
which inay warrant any man to disturb the peace, renounce the Oom-
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For JULY 1804.

Religion is not a personal thing, which every man may new model, or alter for

himself, without rebuke from his fellow-Christians, or from the Governors of the Church, It is the joint patrimony of the whole community, and every man more or less, is accountable to his neighbour for any waste made in it. It is the common concern, and every one in his station and degree, must give a heiping hand to preserve it in its native purity.





HIS illustrious prelate was born at Reading in Berk

table clothier of that town; and his mother was sister of Sir William Webb, knight, lord mayor of London. After receiving his grammatical education at the free school of his native place, he was sent to St. John's College, Oxford, at the age of sixteen. In 1593 he was elected fellow of that society, and the year following took the degree of B. A. as he did that of M. A. in 1598, in which year he was grammar reader. In 1600 he entered into deacon's orders, and the next year was ordained priest; at which time he read a divinity lecture in his college. It was either in reading this lecture or some other chapel exercise, that he maintained the constant and perpetual Visibility of the Church of Christ, derived from the apostles to the Church of Rome, and continued in that church as well as in those of the east and south till the reformation. This is a position of considerable importance, and cannot be conceded without endangering the cause of episcopacy; yet so bigoted was Dr. Abbot, then vice-chancellor, against the Church of Rome, that he immediately took up a violent prejudice against Mr. Laud, which he maintained to his death. In 1603 he was one Vol. VII. Churchm. Mag. July, 1804.

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of the proctors of the university, and the same year was made chaplain to Charles Blount, Earl of Devonshire ; whom he inconsiderately married in 1603 to Penelope, the divorced wife of Robert Lord Rich, an affair which caused him afterwards great uneasiness, and exposed him to much censure. He took his degree of B. D. in 1604, his exercise on which occasion gave great offence to the Calvinists. The questions he then disputed upon were, 1. The Necessity of Baptism; 2. That there could be no true Church without diocesan bishops. For the last “he was shrewdly ratıled by Dr. Holland,” the divinity professor,

as one that did endeavour to cast a bone of discord betwixt the Church of England and the reformed churches beyond the seas*.” But every true churchman, we are contident, will rather admire his honest boldness in maintaining this apostolical principle, which is the corner-stone of our ecclesiastical constitution, at a time when the Calvinists were too generally apt to yield that important point out of complaisance to their foreign brethren. Mr. Laud saw then that the prevalence of Calvinism was injurious to the interests of the Church, by making men indifferent to her polity; and so early did he set himself to oppose the novelties of Geneva, and to assert the plain principles of primitive Christianity. Not long after, he gave still greater offence to the party, in a sermon preached before the university; for which he was severely questioned by Dr. Airay, then vice-chancellor, who charged the sermon with containing several popish passages : “ The good man,", as Dr. Heylyn expresses it,

taking all things to be matter of popery which were not held forth unto him in Calvin's Institutes, conceiving that there was as much idolatry in bowing at the name of Jesus, as in worshipping the brazen serpent." But Mr. Laud so fully vindicated himself, that he was not obliged to make any recantation, as Wood acknowTedges in a particular account of the affair. Notwithstanding this, Dr. Abbot, already mentioned, took advantage of this sermon to renew his persecution of Laud, and he did it so effectually, that “it was almost made heresy (as he himself told Dr. Heylyn) for any one to be seen in his company, and a misprision of heresy to give him a civil salutation in the streets."

Thie first preferment he had was the vicarage of Stan

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ford in Northamptonshire, into which he was inducted November 13, 1607; and in the following year he obtained the advowson of North Kilworth in Leicestershire. About the same time he took his degree of D.D. At the recommendation of Dr. Buckeridge, he was made chaplain to Richard Neile, Bishop of Rochester; and that he might be near his patron, he exchanged North Kilworth for the rectory of West Tilbury, in Essex, into which he was inducted October 28, 1609. The Bishop gave him shortly after, the living of Cuckstone in Kent; upon which he resigned his fellowship, and went to reside at that place; but the unhealthiness of the air obliged him to exchange that living for Norton in the same county, though it was of less value. On the promotion of Dr. Buckeridge, president of St. John's College, to the see of Rochester, Dr. Laud was proposed for his successor. This so irritated Dr. Abbot, now Archbishop of Canterbury, that he sent a letter to the Lord Chancellor Ellesmere, charging Laud “ with being at least a papist in his heart, and cordially addicted unto popery, that he kept company with none but professed and suspected papists; and that if he were suffered to have any place of government in the ministry, it would undoubtedly turn to the great detriment of religion and dishonour of his lordship.”

We are not inclined to speak unfavourably of that prela e, but certainly no liberal person can offer any excuse for conduet so extremely uncharitable as this. Because Dr. Laud did not hold the same sentiments as Calvin's or Augustin's followers, about free-will, predestination, &c. the conclusion was, that he must be a papist! The archbishop's letter, however, had so much weight with the chancellor, that he laid the complaints before the King, which had like to have destroyed the Doctor's credit, interest, and advancement at once, had not Bishop Neile, fortunately, interposed to efface those evil impressions, and to refute those calumnies. May 10, 1611, he was elected president of his college by a majority of fellows, though he was then sick in London, and unable either to make interest in person, or by writing to his friends. Some of his competitors having appealed to King James, his Majesty not only confirmed his election, August 29th following, but as a farther token of his favour, caused him to be sworn one of his chaplains in ordinary: In 1614, Bishop Neile, lately translated to



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