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It seemes moreover that at their monthly receiving the Sacrament (which this defendant Deacon performeth and consecrateth the bread and wine) their servants when they received, were attended by their Master and Mistris, and not suffered to lay or take away their owne trenchers as it is reported.
They also take upon them to be Phisitians and Chirurgions in ministring Physicke and Chirurgery for the sick and sore, and pretend to be very charitable to the poore; but as it is verily thought in a meritorious way,
They also take upon them to be Catechisers and to task many poore people with Catechisticall questions; Which when they come and can make answere thereunto, they are warded with money and their dinners, * and . Pag. 9. so they pretend they feed the poores bodies and soules, But their Catechisme or Catechisticall questions (some say) are strange ones and ' for different from our Orthodox Catechismes. *Your may take notice that since the observation of the premisses, th' old Matron of the place is dead.
And now beloved and Christian Reader, you have had an ingenuous Relation of this late -erected religious House for the service of God (as the Founders would have it: termed and
held.) But certes we may wonder at nothing more' that in a settled Church-government our Bishops who are accounted Governours of the Church will permit any such erection or Foundation, so neerly complying .with Popery, and that by a fond and fantasticall Family of Farrars, the principall Priest a poly-pragmaticall Fellow, haying been at Rome, and there (as it is credibly reported) he was conformable to all the abominable Ceremonies and Services of the Church of Rome. Now forsooth, in outward shew, hee would pretend that hee and the rest disclaime the Pope and Poperie, but by and you shall see him and his Companions crouching, cringing, and prostrating to the ground to the Altar-like poore Communion-Table, or the rich gilded candlesticks, and waxe Tapers and other knacks thereon standing ; And for another shew. that they would not bee accounted Popish, they have gotten the Booke of Martyrs in the Chappell; but few or none are suffered to read therein, but onely it is there (I say) kept for a shew; and besides their lip-labour of trolling out the - Letanie foure times a day, they have promiscuous private Prayers all the night long by nightly turnes, just like as the English Nunnes at Saint Omers and other Popish places: which private Prayers are (as it
seemes) taken out of John Cozens his Cozening Devotions, (as they are rightly discovered to be * Pag. 10. by Orthodox men) and extracted out of divers Popish Prayer-Bookes. This Fryer-like Familie and as they are not unfitly termed Arminian Nunnery have divers other Commick and Mimmick actions of will-worship to the great dis, honour of Almighty God, who will be served in spirit and truth, and he will once say unto them as hee did by the Prophet Isaiah, to the superstitious and ceremonious Jewes, Who hath required this at your hands ? &c.
Surely we may marvell that the present Pri- w. Cant. mate of all England and Metropolitane being the principal Governour of the Church, under his sacred Majestie, and as hee professeth such an Anti-Papist and enemy to superstition and Idolatry, should permit this Innovation, and connive at such canting betwixt the barke and the tree in matter of Religion : But by what hath beene related of these Peoples practises, we see that position made good, That Arminianisme is a bridge to Popery, the bridge was 'not not onely made (a great part of the Clergie of this · Land being downright Arminians) but some have past over it; 'witnesse Preist Shelford, Preist Cozens, and this Familie in this Booke treated on with divers others, and had not God of his
great mercy undermin’d the chiefe Arches of that bridge, causing them to fall in the River of confusion; wee have cause to think that the greater part of this Land would also have followed the rest; but now God hath hindred it, not only by breaking the bridge in the just downfall of many of the chiefe of the Arminian Faction, but also by setting up that strong, high, and thick wall of the late Parlamentary nationall Protestation; for which (as also for all his mercies at all times, especially for this years wonders) his name be for ever praised (say I) and let all Protestants say, Amen.
Num. XI. Vide Præf. s. XII. Dr. Wallis's Account of some Passages of his own
Life. E Coll. Smithianis penes Editorem, Vol. 22. p.
Smith, Dr. in Divinity, late Fellow of
In compliance with what you have oft desired of me, I send you these Memorials of my Life.
"This Superscription is writhis amanuensis, only here and ten by Dr. Wallis's own hand; there Dr. Wallis hath corrected but the Letter is of the hand of it himself.
My Father was John Wallis; a grave and Reverend Divine: Son of Robert and Ellen Wallis, of Thingdon (or, as it is usually pronounced,
Fyenden) in the County of Northampton: Born 1. in January 1567, and there baptised the 18th. of
that Month. He was educated in Trinity Col- lege in Cambridge: where he took the De
grees of Batchelor and Master of Arts: and (about the same time) entred into Holy Orders; in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Toward the end of Qu. Elizabeth's Reign; he was made Minister of Ashford; a great MarketTown in Kent. Where he continued the remainder of his Life, in great esteem and reputation, not only in that Town and Parish, but with the Clergy, Gentry and Nobility round about.
He was a Pious, Prudent, Learned and Orthodox Divine; an Eminent and Diligent Preacher; and with his prudent carriage, kept that great Town in very good Order; and promoted Piety to a great Degree.
Beside his constant preaching twice on the Lord's-day, and other occasional Sermons, and his Catecbising and otherwise Instructing the younger sort; he did (with some of the most eminent Neighbour-Ministers) maintain a Weekday Lecture, on Saturday, their Market-day. Which was much frequented (beside a nume-.