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FROM

ABOUT A. D. 250 TO THE PRESENT TIME

IN CONTINUATION OF THE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND EARLIEST HISTORY OF THIS SYSTEM OF CHURCH POLITY CON

TAINED IN "A VIEW OF CONGREGATIONALISM"

BY

GEORGE PUNCHARD

SECOND EDITION

REWRITTEN AND GREATLY ENLARGED

VOL. III.

NEW YORK

PUBLISHED BY HURD AND HOUGHTON

459 BROOME STREET

1867

C8118.41.5

1868. Sefet. 16
Gift of
the Publishers.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867, by
GEORGE PUNCHARD,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

RIVERSIDE, CAMBRIDGE:

STEREOTYPED AND PRINTED BY

H. O. HOUGHTON AND COMPANY.

CONTENTS OF VOLUME III.

Separate churches early organized, 1. The movement in and

around Bury, 1576-Robert Browne, 2. Of an ancient and

wealthy family, 3. Early indications of his career, 5. At

twenty-one a puritan leader - Summoned before the ecclesias-

tical commissioners in London, 1571-2, p. 6. At Bury in 1581,

troubling bishop Freke, 7. Arrested and imprisoned — Lord

Burleigh, his kinsman, interposes, 8. Browne's respectable

"backers" at Bury, 10. Aims at "setting up a new dis-

cipline - Gathering churches, with Robert Harrison as an

assistant, 12. Compelled to leave the country, and goes to Mid-

dleburgh, Zealand — Organizes a Congregational church, and

publishes "A Book, which showeth the Life and Manners of

all True Christians," 13. Extracts showing Browne's Con-

gregational views, 14. His Treatise on Reformation"

Leaves Middleburgh for Scotland, 17. Makes a great stir in

Edinburgh Called before the church authorities, 18. Denies

their right to adjudicate, and appeals to the civil authorities,

by whom he is allowed to go unpunished, 19. Returns to

England - Arraigned before Archbishop Whitgift - Lord Bur-

leigh's interference Letters to Browne's father, 20. Cited

before Lindsell, bishop of Peterboro', and excommunicated —

Gives up his Separatism and becomes rector of an episcopal

church, 23. Browne's character, 26. His miserable end, 27.

Fuller's estimate of Browne - Probably never changed his

views - Masters', Bridwell's, and Baylie's account of him, 28.

The mystery of Browne's career, and of Burleigh's protection

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Of most of the sufferers for nonconformity, between 1583 and
1593, little is known. Rev. John Greenwood, domestic chap-
lain to Lord Rich, 47. Arrested and thrown into prison -
Examination before the high commissioners, 48. Refuses to
swear "upon a book". - Confession of his faith Congrega-
tional views, 49. Remanded to prison - Henry Barrowe, a
gentleman of good family and wealthy, a courtier - Charac-
ter, 50. His remarkable conversion, 53. Through John Green-
wood, his friend, brought into connection with the Congrega-

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