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BOOK nuò subivit, non hospes apud hospitem tuta, licèt prius_ quam in Angliam ingressa esset, &c.
Verè fortis mulier, et digna, quæ à subditis hæreticis tot
modis oppressa, Catholicis demum populis præsit.
gliam misit, ut certis illustribus et Catholicis viris, authori-
Qua denuntiatione multi nobiles viri adducti sunt, ut non solum sibi ipsis consulere, verum etiam de fratribus, ab hæreticorum tyrannide liberandis, cogitare, auderent. Ac sperabant illi quidem, Catholicos omnes tam pio instituto summis viribus affuturos esse. Verùm etsi aliter quàm illi expectabant res evenit, &c. tamen illorum nobilium laudanda consilia erant, quæ certo suoque felici successu mini
mè caruerunt. Pag. 736.
Nulla vi res æquè aut fidem Catholicam promovere, aut
Nulla vi res æquè aut fidem Ca prætensæ Reginæ causam lædere potuerit. In historia Feltoni.
Sectarii hoc totum de ipsa Regina Elizabetha, quæ radix peccati fuisse videbatur, dictum interpretantes, ab illo die
novam criminationis materiam, &c. In historia Storæi. Pag. 787. Intellexit se probè scire, prætensam Angliæ Reginam,
per declaratoriam summi Pontificis sententiam, ob hæresim manifestam omni in re regni dominique privatam esse: ac propterea, magistratum nullum ab illa creatum, eique adhærentem, a se agnosci posse, ne fortè ipse etiam eodem anathemate innodaretur. ·
Veriti, ne gravius aliquid in profanum illum et secularem Reginæ primatum dicturus, (Storæus) aut manifestius verum primatum Romanæ Ecclesiæ confirmaturus esset, abduci currum jusserint. In historia Storæi.
IV. The English Romanists in Bruxelles to Philip, King of
Spain; that he would procure of the Pope, that Saunders might be made a Cardinal.
INTER alia multa, Princeps invictissime, quæ patriam mss. penes nostram, tot annis ab hæreticis oppressam, adhuc in pristi-me. nam Catholicæ fidei libertatem vindicare non permittunt, hoc unum est, non habere nos nostræ nationis hominem alicujus authoritatis et nominis, qui eam causam apud suam Sanctitatem solicitare possit. Jam enim experientia edocti sumus, in aula Pontificis, ut in reliquis omnibus, res parvi alioqui momenti, ab illustrioribus profectæ, gratius accipi, et libentius audiri, quam quæ majoris sunt ponderis, sed authores habent obscuros eos quidem et ignobiles. Cui malo cum per nos remedium inveniri non possit, audacter ad tuam Majestatem confugimus, humiliter ab ea supplicantes literas commendatitias ad suam Sanctitatem, pro Nicolao Sandero Anglo Sacræ Theologiæ Professore, jam in aula versante, ut ad Cardinalatus dignitatem promoveatur. Quod ut libentius sua Sanctitas concedat, beneficii ecclesiastici pensione a tua Majestate Sandero assignatâ, invitari debet. Sic enim habebis, Rex Catholice, qui et Angliæ 1 19 negotia diligenter procuret, et collegio Cardinalium splendorem, ob ejus prudentiam singularem, et doctrinam incredibilem, adferet. Illud interim ut taceam, hoc beneficio numerum Romæ tibi servientium, non uno, sed pluribus auctiorem et cumulatiorem effecturum. Vale, Princeps invictissime. Datum Bruxellis, 4. idus Novembris.
rebell: written in the year 1580.
shipful gentilmen of Irland, N. Sander, D. of Divinity, wisheth all felicitie. PARDON me, I beseeche you, if lipon just cawse I use MSS. peties
BOOK the same words to your Honors and Worships, which S.
Pawle wrote sometyme to the Galathians; Who hath enchanted you not to obey the truthe ? For if ye be not bewitched, what mean you to fight for heresie against the true faith of Christ, for the Devil against God, for tyrants that robbe you of your goods, lands, lives, and everlasting salvation, against your own brethren, who daylie spend their goods, and shed their blood, to deliver you from these miseries? What meane you, I say, to be at so great charges, to take so great paine, and to put your selves in so horrible daunger of bodie and sowle, for a wicked woman, neither begotten in true wedlock, nor esteeming her Christendom, and therefore deprived by the Vicar of Christ, her and your lawful Judge; forsaken of God, who justifieth the sentence of his Vicar;. forsaken of all Catholike princes, whom she hath injured intolerably; forsaken of divers lords, knights, and gentilmen of England, who ten yeres past toke the sword against her, and yet stand in the same quarrel ? See you not, that she is without a lawful heire of her own bodie, who may either reward her friends, or revenge her enemies ? See you not, that she is such a shameful reproche to the royal Crown, that whoso is in dede a frind to the Crown, shuld so muche the more hasten to dispossesse her of the same? Se you not, that the next Catholike heire to the Crown, (for the Pope wil take order by God's grace, that it shal rest in none other but Catholikes,) must accompt al them for traytors that spend their goods in mainteining an heretike against his true title and right? What wil ye answer to the Pope's Lieutenant, when he, bringing us the Pope's and other Catholike princes ayde, (as shortly he will,) shal charge you with the crime and payne of hereticks, for mainteining an heretical pretensed Queen, against the publike sentence of Christes Vicar? Can she, with her feined supremacie, (which the Devil instituted in Paradise, when he made Eve Adam's maistresse in God's matters,) absolve and acquiett you from the Pope's excommunication and curse ? Shal ye not rather stayne your selves and your noble howses with the suspicion of heresie and treason?
In which case, if the Catholike heire to the royal Crown call BOOK upon the execution of the lawes of the Churche, you shal, for the maintenance of hæresie, loose your goods, your lands, your honors; and undoe your wives, your children, and your howses for ever. God is not mocked. The longer it is before he punish, the more hard and severe shal his punishment be. Do you not see before your eyes, that because King Henrie the Eighth brake the unitie of Christ's Churche, his howse is now cutt off and ended? And think you, that mainteining the heresie which he beganne, you shal not bring your own howses to the like end that his hath ? Mark likewise Sir William Drurie's end, who was the General against the Pope's armie; and think not our part too weake, seing God fighteth for us. And surely, wheras we had once both monie, men, and armour, to beginne this battell withal, God, by most strange means, (which to recite in this place it were to tediouse,) tooke 120 them al from us, and sent us hether in manner naked, to thend it should be evident unto al the world, that this war is not the war of man, (which is alwayes most puissant in the beginning, and moste tymes begunne with greater power then afterward it can maintein,) but the war of God; who of smal beginnings worketh wonderful ends. Whom I beseche to open your eyes, that whiles tyme is, you maye openly confesse and honor him, more then heretikes. Whom hitherto you have worshipped above Goda. The xxi. of Through
which last Febr. 1580.
clause a line
bridge, upon the new statutes made for that University.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you ever, Amen.
THERE are manie cawses that might move me to staye MSS. penes from writinge unto yow, but ther are moe and greater“C.
BOOK which make me attempte it. In the one I see muche pre
sent hurt; the endangeringe some good opinion that hathe byn of me; the displeasure of your Honor, which I cannot easilie bear; the continuance of mine owne estate, with smal hope of more prosperouse dayes; and (which is greatest of all) the contempte of the enemie, which upon suche occasion dothe make gladlie his triumphe. These dangers are verie great to a man that is borne of Adam; but ther are yet greater then these to a man that is borne from above, which by mie silence I might fal into. I feare the breach of mie faithe, which in a good cawse had byn wanting to the Churche of God; the omittinge of mie dutie, which had byn affrayde to tel a man of his sinne; the griefe of conscience, which cannot be cured againe with anie prince's favour; the displeasure of God, which is weightie to crushe in pieces bothe me and yow. Seinge therfore I have suche occasion to write, I do most humblie beseeche your Honor patientlie to reade it. It hathe alreadie greved me enoughe to think upon the occasion ; let not your taking of it be an encrease to me of sorow.
And now that yow may geve some creditt to mie sayinges, I do heer protest unto yow this, and say with the Apostle, Behold, before God I lye not: if to morrow nexte the number of mie dayes were ended, and I showld cease to live in this mortal bodie, yet this daie I would send these letters unto yow; so fullie I am determined in the Lorde to speake onlie the truthe. And as I have sworne this, so God for his mercie sake shal geve me grace, that in no worde I forget howe I have bounde unto yow mie faithe with an holie oathe. And now on the other syde, I require of yow in the name of God, that quicknethe all thinge, and of his sonne Jesus Christ, that shall judge the qwick and the dead, that nether your Honor, nor yet your busines, doe not call yow from wayinge that indifferentlie, which a Minister of Christ hathe written faithfullie. If yow shal refuse to do this, your conscience that would nether be grevyd nor touched, the same beinge burdened and heavie loden,.yow