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royal family.... made by competent authority.... alteration
in one of the Epistles. ... no ground of accusation against
abp. Laud. ... the change of minister” into “ priest”....
not made by the archbishop.... his speech in the Star-
chamber. . . . how far these charges were revived at his trial.

The time of the rebellion.... committee appointed by the house

of lords. . . . entered actively upon their duties. ... motives

that actuated them. ... the changes they agreed upon....

effect of their concessions. ... ordinances proscribing the

Common Prayer Book. ... their natural results.... aided by

collateral circumstances.... strong principles of Church-

ascendancy.... the King's declaration.... an exclusive desire

for a strong government. ... boldness of the dissenters....

their unreasonable demands. ... the King's refusal. ... proceed-

ings of the episcopal clergy.... anxiety of the King's ministers

respecting them.... the advice they gave as to the Dissenters

... restoration of the Liturgy.... critical circumstances of

the times. ... the King's method of proceeding....a confer-

ence resolved upon....good policy of the court.... conciliating

demeanour of the King.... the Dissenters invited to make over-

tures. ... they deliver in proposals. ... the groundless nature of

their basis. ... the answer of the bishops.... influence of ex-

traneous circumstances. ... the King's ample concessions...

his private reasons.... success of his stratagem.... satisfaction

of the Dissenters....commission for the revision of the Liturgy

.... the instructions provided.... proper interpretation of them

proper course of proceeding.... Dissenters required to

tender their exceptions.... the policy of such a method....

uncompromising principle of the Dissenters.... their list of ex-

ceptions and new Liturgy.... their high tone of language. .

the bishops determine to act as judges. ... their answers.

the rejoinder of the Dissenters.... its peremptory nature....

ten days only remaining.... a personal debate.... its natural
consequences.... bishop Cosin's proposal. ... disputation on
one single topic.... general reflections as to toleration.

CHAPTER VII.

Documents connected with the conference at the Savoy.

I. Proceedings of the Committee of Divines appointed by the

House of Lords in 1641. Baxter's Life by Sylvester, B. I. P.
2. p. 369.. .. II. The first Address and Proposals of the Mi-
nisters to King Charles II. Baxter's Life by Sylvester, B. I. P.
2. p. 232.... III. His Majesty's Declaration to all his loving
Subjects, bearing date October 25, 1660. Wilkins' Conc. vol.
iv. p. 560.... IV. His Majesty's Letters Patents for a Com-
mission of Divines, bearing date March 25, 1661. Wilkins'
Conc, vol. iv. p. 572.. . V. The Exceptions against the Book
of Common Prayer, presented by the Ministers May 4, 1661.
Baxter's Life by Sylvester, B. I. P. 2. p. 316.... VI. The
Answer of the Bishops to the Exceptions of the Ministers.
From the account of the proceedings of the Savoy Commis-
sioners, published in 1661.... VII. The Disputation in which
the episcopal Divines were opponents and the Ministers re-
spondents. From an account printed in 1662.

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CHAPTER VIII.

The revision of the Liturgy in the reign of Charles II.

The King's intention to summon a convocation.... reasons for his

change of plan.... convocation finally summoned. ...its pro-
ceedings.... it receives the thanks of the house of lords....
excitement of the house of commons.... their resolute mea-
sures. ... more considerate proceedings of the lords.... they
pass the bill of uniformity. . .. jealousy and suspicion felt by

the commons. . . . strong provisions added by them to the bill

... somewhat mitigated by the lords. ... the bill receives the
royal assent. ... alterations made in the Liturgy.... amounting
to about 600.... no changes made to gratify the Dissenters....
some changes made that were known to be galling to them
.... the apparent design was to restrain and exclude them....
and they themselves so interpreted it. ... the fear that was
felt of Laudian sentiments....grounds for that fear. ... Mr.
Sancroft's book.... produced in the convocation.... employed
in the revision of the Liturgy. ... the great use that was made
of it.... its leaning towards the Laudian theology.

CHAPTER IX.

The attempt made to revise the Liturgy in the reign of

William and Mary.

Defection from the side of the Dissenters.... Dr. Tillotson....

still continued to promote a comprehension.... progress of
that cause

the time of Charles II.... banishment of lord
Clarendon.... the cabal. ... the cause supported by bishops
and peers.... always disappointed. ... Dr. Tillotson pronounces
it hopeless.... the King's secret designs.... their constant
and powerful influence. ... the court and the Dissenters in al-
liance.... they continually thwart each other. ... reasons for
the quiescence of the episcopal clergy.... King James II.....
new posture of affairs. ... affinities between Churchmen and Dis-
senters. ... claims of the Church. ... acknowledged by the Dis-
senters.... merits on their part.... anger of the King....
many circumstances favourable to a coalition.... disposition of
the bishops.... archbishop Sancroft. . .. aids the prevailing
sentiment.... what were probably his own convictions....
letter of the bishop of Ely.... moderation of King William
.... his caution as to the encouragement of the Dissenters....
bills of comprehension and toleration ... the latter bill passed
.... the former laid aside by the commons.... who resolve to
petition for a convocation. ... the lords join in the address....
the King advised by Dr. Tillotson to consent. ... a commission
of bishops and other divines. ... concessions expected from
them..., much in advance of public opinion. ... letter of Dr.
Comber.... bishop Patrick. ... his line of conduct. ... pro-
ceedings of the commission. ... their report never made public

... question of reordination.... collateral circumstances....
violences in Scotland. ... the toleration recently obtained....
the non-jurors.... danger of making any changes in the Li-
turgy.. the feeling of the convocation. ... election of prolo-
cutor.... objections of the lower house to the address of the
bishops. . . . convocation prorogued.

No attempt at a revision since the time of King William....

. ap-
plications made to the bishops for that purpose.... is any new
attempt necessary?.... or desirable ?.... admitted that the Li-
turgy is capable of improvement. ... such an attempt not ne-
cessary.... except on one supposition. ... a case irrelevant and
unprofitable to discuss. . . . is the attempt desirable ?.... prac-
tical difficulties. ... supposed case of such an experiment....
favourable occasions at the restoration and the revolution....
danger of opening the question. ... opposite objectors would
rush in.... probable consequences to the Non-conformists....
illustrated from the time of Charles II.

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