‘if any would not be quiet and show their obedience,
they were worthy to be hanged.’
He advocated the high commission and inquisitorial oaths, despotic authority and its instruments.
A few alterations in the book of common prayer were the only reforms which the conference effected.
It was agreed that a time should be set, within which all should conform, or be removed.
The king had insulted the Puritans, with vulgar rudeness and indecorous jests; but his self-complacency was satisfied.
He had talked much Latin; he had spoken a part of the time in the presence of the nobility of Scotland
, willing admirers of his skill in debate and of his marvellous learning; and he was elated by the eulogies of the churchmen.
‘Your majesty speaks by the special assistance of God's spirit,’ said the aged Whitgift
, on his knees, exclaimed, that his heart melted for joy, ‘because God had given England
such a king as, since Christ
's time, has not been;’ and in a foolish letter, James
boasted that ‘he had soundly peppered off the Puritans.’
, the archbishop, a man of great consistency of character, estimable for his learning, respected and beloved by his party, desired not to live till the next parliament should assemble, for the Puritans would have the majority; and grief, it is thought, hastened his death, six weeks after the close of the conference.
In the parliament which assembled in 1604, the party opposed to the church asserted their liberties with such tenacity and vigor that King James began to hate them as embittering royalty itself.
‘I had rather live like a hermit in the forest,’ he writes, ‘than be a king over such a people as the pack of ’