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BOOK trial by disputation. And in the end they concluded, (viz.
Watson and Fecknam,] that all disputation in matters of Anno 1580. faith was unprofitable: alleging examples of the disputa
tions in the convocation-house in the beginning of the queen's reign; and the conference at Westminster in the presence of almost all the learned and wise of the land.
And thus Dr. Fulke was fain to justify himself by giving this just relation of this intended conference, which was declined, and of the account of it in print. And thus falsely also another popish writer represented this conference: as, “ That Fulke only looked into Wisbech castle ; and printed
a pamphlet in his own praise : and that he attempted the
“ matter without authority.” Conferences But as for Fecknam, there were this year (in which he between the
came to Wisbech) several conferences held with him by the bishop of Ely and bishop of Ely, in the presence of Dr. Perne, the dean, and Fecknam.
divers of his chaplains, and other learned men: wherein he confessed in his conscience his allowance of divers things used and practised in the present reformed church: as of the common service to be good in the mother tongue, and
such as was understood of the common people. And so he 642 acknowledged that of St. Paul, 1 Cor. xiv. was to be taken.
Also, that he found no fault with any thing set forth in the Book of Common Prayer now used in the church of England. But his desire was, to have all the rest of the old service that was taken away, to be restored; as the prayers to saints, and for the dead, &c. and that then he would willingly come to church. Also, that he very well allowed of the oath for the queen's supremacy, as it was interpreted in her majesty's Injunctions, and that he was ready to take that oath whensoever it should be offered. But that he would not come to the service of our church, though he thought it in his conscience lawful, because he is not of our church for lack of unity; some being protestants, some puritans, some of the family of love ; and because it was not set forth by authority of a general council. And lastly, that he would not conform himself to our religion, because he could see nothing sought for, but the spoil of the church. I
refer the reader to the Appendix, for this popish abbot's char.
XXII. whole confession, taken out of the original paper, subscribed by himself; and signed by the bishop of Ely and some of Anno 1580.
No. XXIX. his chaplains; and endorsed thus by the lord Burghley's hand, Feckenham's Confession.
I add this further concerning that learned professor, Dr. Fulk's Fulk, that he made this year a challenge openly in print to challenge all learned papists, in his book called The Retentive ; in pists. answer to Bristow's Motives. And three years after, in his Confutation of sundry cavils, &c. he repeated it with these words: “ If
you be so sharp-set upon disputations, as you “ pretend, why doth never a papist of you all answer my
challenge, made openly in print almost three years ago, set “ before my Retentive? Wherein you may express what you “ have in maintenance of your opinion, without suit, without “ danger; and to the best and surest trial of the truth."
A great many of these English factors for the pope were Names of about this time discovered by one of themselves; and the the pope's several places abroad where they resided. This man's name abroad diswas Anthony Monday, sometime of the English college at A. Monday. Rome: one of these thus discovered by him was Woodward, at Amiens; who persuaded this A. Monday, and one Thomas Newel, rambling thither, to go to Rheims, and take orders. He was at length the pope's scholar at Rome: but afterwards came into England, and turned protestant; and wrote a book concerning them and their way of living, called, The English Roman life. Therein he also nameth Dr. The English
RomanLife. Bristow at Doway; Dr. Allen at Rheims, afterward made a cardinal; Dr. Lewis at Rome, archdeacon of Cambray; Dr. Morris, rector of the English college or hospital in Rome; Mr. Deacon at Lyons; at whose house certain treasonable words were spoke by Henry Orton, one of them that were condemned afterwards in England, but not executed, but then lying in the Tower: at Milain, at cardinal Borrhomeo's palace
, Dr. Robert Griffin, confessor to the said cardinal: Steukly
, and three more popish gentlemen at Rome, in great credit with the pope; the first appointed with an army to invade England, but slain in the battle of the king of Portugal.
BOOK This put a stop to that invasion. These three other gêntle
men came from the north parts of England, (as Dr. Griffin Anno 1580. told Monday and his fellow, dining with him on a Christmas
day,) and were to go forward with Steukly in the enterprise, and to have the pope's army committed to their conduct;
and so to overrun England at their pleasure. And then they 643 would make (as Dr. Griffin proceeded in his narration) kings,
and dukes, and earls at their pleasure; every one, according as they thought well of. And that they got letters from Dr. Saunders, Dr. Allen, Dr. Bristow, and others; who thought very
well of their intent. And therefore forwarded them in their letters, so much as they might, to Dr. Lewis, Dr. Morris, Dr. Moorton, and other doctors and gentlemen at Rome. They followed the suit to the pope's holiness; informing, how they had already won such a number of English to join with them, when the matter came to pass, that, granting them his holiness's army, they should presently overrun all England, and yield it wholly into his hand. But the pope, when he had scanned this business; well noting the simple and arrogant behaviour of the men, as this writer relates, and their unlikelihood of performing these things; they were denied their request, and sent away without recompense. Not but that the pope was well enough disposed to invade England, but was more inclinable to send his forces to the
Spaniard for that end, as we heard before. The raillery Queen Elizabeth, as the same writer further informs, was af Rpriest thus reproached by an English priest at Rome: “ That against the “ proud, usurping Jezebel; whom God reserveth to make
“ her a public spectacle to the whole world, for keeping that “ good queen of Scots from her lawful rule. But I hope “ ere long the dogs shall tear her flesh; and those that be “ her props and upholders.” These words that priest spake in the English college to A. Monday, when he came there first.
Concerning such as came to Rome, to the English college pope is to, there, thus the priest abovesaid told A. M. “ Such as come by those “ to this holy place must faithfully bend his life and con
“ versation to honour and reverence our provident and holy
that come to Rome.
“ father the pope, in all things that shall like him to com- CHAP. “ mand; to hold and confess him the universal supreme “ head of Christ's church; and embrace his decrees as the Anno 1580. “ only ordinance and will of God. For he is the
For he is the person of “ God on earth; and he cannot err, because the Spirit of “ divine grace guideth him continually. He hath authority “over all kings and princes, to erect and suppress whom he
pleaseth; (and that shall England well know, ere long.) “ To honour and obey him; to be a true and faithful sub“ject of his church; and to live and die in his cause: this “ought to be the intent of all that come hither.” So fast were they to be held in the pope's fetters, that expected maintenance here from him in his college.
And so far was the plot against England at this time ad- Many apvanced, and with such confidence of success, that they had Rome to be already doomed a great many of the queen's chief ministers, destroyed and other zealous protestants, both of the laity and clergy. there carryFor the aforesaid priest, in the garden with A. M. pulled ing on. a paper out of his pocket, saying, “ I have a bedroll of them “ here; who little know what is providing for them; and I “ hope shall not know it, till it fall upon them.” Then he read their names unto him; [we are left to conjecture who they were: very probably these were some; the lord treasurer, the earl of Leicester, secretary Walsingham, Mildmay, &c.] and opening the paper further, at the end were more names; as of magistrates, and others belonging to the city of London. Among whom was Mr. Recorder, [Fleetwood,] Noel, dean of St. Paul's, Mr. Fox, Mr. Crowley, and sundry others. And he well remembered, that no one was named, but he had the order of his death appointed; either by burning, hanging, or quartering, and the like. But the 644 realm was aware of these designs, how private soever the enemies practised: and the favourable providence of God disappointed them.
Canıpion One of these taken up was Campion the Jesuit, one of confesses
persons that the chiefest and busiest in perverting the queen's subjects; entertained and had no small success therein; being a person zealous for his
MSS. Burg. II.
BOOK the cause, and of some learning. Among the papers I have
conversed with, I find one containing his confession of the Anno 1580. persons with whom he was entertained. But first he under
went the rack in the Tower, before he could be brought to do it, but favourably. He confessed he was in the houses of the lord Vaux, sir Thomas Tressham, sir William Catesby, knights, in the summer, 1580. These persons being informed of Campion's confession, and required in her majesty's behalf, by her majesty's commandment, to answer unto the lord treasurer, the lord chamberlain, and the earl of Leicester, upon their oaths, whether, to their knowledge, he had been at any of their houses sithence June, 1580, (when Cam
pion came over,) refused so to do. And the lord Vaux refused All within to answer thereunto upon his honour. [aNotwithstanding, crotchets they were severally informed, that Campion had confessed is written the same. Whereof the direct confessions were read to them. with the lord trea- And after their refusal to purge themselves by their oaths,
they were afterwards charged in her majesty's name, upon their allegiance, peremptorily refused to answer.] All this that followeth in the said paper bath Campion's name in the margin, as matter confessed by him.
Henry Perpoint, esq. Jervyse Perpoint, his brother. That he was there at the last Christmas, and tarried there until the Tuesday after Twelfth-day. Brought thither by Jervyse Perpoint. Confessed by both the Perpoints. He said masses, and confessed Jervyse every week.
Henry Secheverel, esq. That he was there about the Wednesday after Twelfth-day last. Tarried there one night
. Confessed by Mr. Secheverell. And that he said one mass Langford, esq.
That he was there two nights, about Thursday and Friday after Twelfth-day last. Confessed. And that he there said two masses. Jervyse Perpoint confesseth it also.
The lady Fuljanes. That he was there one night, about Saturday after Twelfth-day last. Jervyse Perpoint [confesseth] that they stayed there two nights; and said two masses.