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Religious Life in England from the Death of Elizabeth to the Death
James .I. loses his love of Presbytery—The Puritan petition-Action of the Universi-
ties-Conference at Hampton Court--Effect of the king's policy on the Pu-
Ground taken by the Bishops in 1660.
Unfair and discourteous proceeding of the bishops—Their Answer to the terms of
conformity named by the ministers, and Baxter's Rejoinder—The prelates and
Usher's Reduction-Baxter's remonstrance—The Liturgy and ceremonies
Concessions from the King-Declaration from Worcester House.
The King becomes a church reformer-New Declaration-How received by the
ministers—The Meeting at Worcester House-Difficulty as to the word
consent,' and as to toleration–The Revised Declaration—The offer of the
bishoprics- The London Ministers thank the King for the Declaration—The
Declaration a failure—Popular feeling-Scandals among the clergy · Page 245
Case of the Nonconformists in the Conference at the Savoy in 1661.
Preliminaries to the conference- The Commission—The prelates take the same
course as in 1660-Baxter dissents from his brethren-His exceptions to the
Book of Common Prayer—The joint 'Exceptions' from the ministers--The
Nonconformists on ancient liturgies—Exceptio to vestments, the intoning
of the Lessons, as to pastoral discipline, preaching, kneeling at communion,
baptism, the catechism, confirmation, visitation of the sick, the burial service-
Summary--Baxter's liturgy–The Petition for Peace'
Parliament and the Act of Uniformity.
The ecclesiastical question in the Convention Parliament–The Convention Parliament
and the King's Declaration—Venner's insurrection, and its uses to the Govern-
ment–The election for the City of London ; defeat of the Government-
Meeting of the pensionary parliament—The bishops restored to their seats in
parliament-Action of parliament in respect of the Liturgy—The session of 1662
-The King's new policy-The Act of Uniformity-Summary Page 316
The Independents in relation to the Act of Uniformity.
The 'moderate' Independents—Humble petition and advice from the parlia-
ment to Cromwell, 1657–Meeting of the Independents at the Savoy, 1658–
Their opinion on the duty of the magistrate with respect to religion-Their
liberality-Milton and the Independents—The consistent Independents-Milton
on the civil power in ecclesiastical causes—The Independents and Presbyterians
-Odium on the former under the Restoration, and why-Ejected Independents
Publication of the revised liturgy—The main terms of conformity were known before
-Provision against hasty ejectment-Interval after the passing of the Act-
Bad Treatment and a Good Confession.
Charles is not satisfied—Another Declaration, how a failure-Repudiated by Par-
liament-Spies and informers still — The Conventicle Act—The Five-mile Act
-The Nonconformists and the sufferers from the plague-Sufferings of the
Nonconformists – Instances from the persecution-Nonconformists' testimony.