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the imputation of lenity as a false accusation and malignant calumny of some incarnate, never-sleeping devil. It is true that the learned Grindal, who, during the reign of Mary, had lived in exile, and in 1576 was 1576. advanced to the see of Canterbury, was of a mild and gentle nature; and at the head of the English clergy, gave an example of reluctance to persecute. But having incurred the enmity of Elizabeth by his refusal to suppress the liberty of prophesying, he was suspended, and when d 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 and London. 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.
treason in their general court to speak of appeals to the king; Hutchinson, i. 85. Hubbard, 354. and the greatest apprehensions were raised by a requisition which commanded the letters patent of the company to be produced in England. Winthrop, i. 135. 137. Hubbard, 153. Hazard, i. 341, 342. To this requisition the emigrants returned no reply. Still more menacing was the appointment of an arbitrary special commission for the colonies. The Chap X.} 1634 April 10. archbishop of Canterbury and those who were associated with him, received full power over the American plantations, to establish the government and dictate the laws; to regulate the church; to inflict even the heaviest punishments; and to revoke any charter which had been surreptitiously obtained, or which conceded liberties prejudicial to the royal prerogative Hazard, i. 344—347. Hubbard, 264—268. Hutchinson, i. App. No. iv. Winthrop, i. 143. Chalmers mistakes a year. The news of this commission soon