Brownists, and others of their kinds; a little con-
nivency sets them on fire.
For the discipline of the Church
in colonies, it will be necessary that it agree with that which is settled in England
, else it will make a schism and a rent in Christ
's coat, which must be seamless; and, to that purpose, it will be fit, that by the king's supreme power in causes ecclesiastical, within all his dominions, they be subordinate under some bishop and bishoprick of this realm.
This caution is to be observed, that if any transplant themselves into plantations abroad, who are known schismatics, outlaws, or criminal persons, they be sent for back upon the first notice.
These maxims prevailed at the council-board, when the envoys from the independent Church at Leyden
preferred their requests.
‘Who shall make your ministers?’
it was asked of them; and they answered, ‘The power of making them is in the church;’ ordination required no bishop; and their avowal of their principle threatened to spoil all. To advance the dominions of England
King James esteemed ‘a good and honest motion; and fishing was an honest trade, the apostles' own calling;’ yet he referred the suit to the prelates of Canterbury
Even while the negotiations were pending, a royal declaration constrained the Puritans of Lancashire
to conform or leave the kingdom; and nothing more could be obtained for the wilds of America
than an informal promise of neglect.
On this the community relied, being advised not to entangle them-.selves with the bishops.
‘If there should afterwards be a purpose to wrong us,’—thus they communed with themselves,—
” though we had a seal as broad as ’