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desired by the council board, but what was rejected. It is a sign of a stubborn ill temper. I have the power of collating or suspending any minister in my government by their majesties' letters patent; and, whilst I stay in this government, I will take care that neither heresy, schism, or rebellion, be preached among you, nor vice and profanity encouraged. You seem to take the whole power into your hands, and set up for every thing. The stubborn temper of the house was immova- 1695. April 12. ble; and, two years afterwards, that the act might not be construed too narrowly, it was declared that the vestrymen and church-wardens of the church established in New York might call a dissenting Protestant minister. Not a tenth part of the population of that day adhered to the Episcopal Church; the public spirit demanded toleration; and if, on the one hand, the English Church succeeded in engrossing the provision made by the Chap. XIX.} ministry acts, on the other, the dissenters wer