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hat reason, asked the Bishop, do you give for this? A very good one, said the Quaker: most of my children were born in Oliver's days, when Bishops were out of fashion. The Bishop and the Court laughed at this sally, and proceeded to question hie would make out his case, he should speed the better for it. Let me ask thee, said Roberts, where thy religion was in Oliver's days, when thy Common-Prayer Book was as little regarded as an old almanac, and your priests, with a few honest exceptions, turned with the tide, and if Oliver had put mass in their mouths would have conformed to it for the sake of their bellies. What would you have us do? asked the Bishop. Would you have had Oliver cut our throats? No, said Roberts; but whatort of religion was that which you were afraid to venture your throats for? The Bishop interrupted him to say, that in Oliver's days he had never owned any other religion than his own, although he did not dare to openly maintain it as he then did.