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r; but the narrative tells us that some time after an apparitor came to cite him to the Bishop's Court at Gloucester. When lie was brought before the Court, Bishop Nicholson, a kind-hearted and easy natured prelate, asked him the number of his children, and how many of them had been bishoped? None, that I know of, said Robertsngland, said he, are not hanged in a month's time, I'll be hanged for them. Prithee, friend, quoth Roberts, remember and be as good as thy word! Good old Bishop Nicholson, it would seem, really liked his incorrigible Quaker neighbor, and could enjoy heartily his wit and humor, even when exercised at the expense of his own ecc craziness and folly, was not a fair representative of his sect; while the kind nature, the hearty appreciation of goodness, and the generosity and candor of Bishop Nicholson should convince the other class that a prelate is not necessarily, and by virtue of his mitre, a Laud or a Bonner. The Dissenters of the seventeenth century