William Stafford's Compendious or briefe examination of certayne ordinary complaints of diuers of our countrymen in these our dayes, A.D. 1581; ... "A briefe conceipt of English pollicy.")
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1876 Excerpt: ...time bene seene, of such sort as it is too lamentable to bee remembred. what losse of Christian men, what diminithing of the Christian fayth, what continuall warres hath the Faction of the Arrians bene the occafion of? did it not seperate and scuer at length all AJia and Affricke from the Christian fayth? Is not the Religion, or rather the wicked supersticion, of the Turke grassed ouer this Arrian Sect? did it not take his foundation thereof? As there is no dyuision more daungerous then that The only way which groweth of matters in Religion, so it were most expedient and is to have a necessary to bee quikely remedied, which cannot bee done by any Council.) other way then by a free and generall counsel, that hath bene alwayes from the time of the Apostles, who first tooke that remedy (euen to their dayes) the onely way to quiet and appease all controuerfies in religion. And no doubt the holy Ghost, asTiis promise is, SHAK.SPERE'8 ENGLAND: STAFFORD. 7 wilbe presente iu euery such assembly that is gathered together by no force or labor of any afsection. But now wee will fay, thoughe wee would tor our partes let a fide parciality, and be indifferent and vse no cohercion to get numbers & voyces that shoulde fauour our partes, who can promise that the Byshoppe of Rome and other Prelates would doe Me fame? Surely, if yee did fay so, yee fayd a great matter, for they be men, & much more subiect to affection then yee be. But I shalbe bolde after my manner to tell my minde herein, aswell as in other thinges. I take all these matters that be now a dayes in controuerfie to be of one of these fortes: that is, either touching the profits and emolumentes of the Prelates & Mynisters!of the church, or touching pointes of religion. As touching those articles that...
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