THE GLORY OF Chelsey Colledge REVIVED.

Wherein is declared;

  • I. Its Original, Progress, and Design, for preserving and establishing the Church of Christ in purity, for maintaining and defending the Protestant Religion against Jesuits, Papists, and all Popish Principles and Arguments.
  • II. How this design was by the Renown­ed King James, and the three Estates of his first Parliament, highly applauded; As also by the most Illustrious Prince Henry, and King Charles the First of ever blessed Memory, with the Right Reverend the Bishops, &c.
  • III. By what means this excellent work of such incomparable use and publick concern­ment hath been impeded and obstructed.

By JOHN DARLEY, B. D. and of Northill in the County of Cornwall Rector.

Now the Prophetess dwelt in Jerusalem in the Colledge. 2. Chron. 34. 22.
But when divers were hardned and believed not, but spake evil of that way, He departed from them and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the School of one Tyrannus. Acts 19. 9.

LONDON, Printed for J. Bourn at the South entrance of the Royal Exchange, 1662.

[...]dell of Chelsey COLLEDGE as it was intended to be built.
‘Truth shall bud out of the earth and righteousnes break downe from heaven. Ps: 81. 11.
This stately structure, Royall in designe
Yea more, for mighty reasons, most Divine
(Wch Sov'raign's Senat's, Synods, wisedome too,
Did vote promote and fort, the Kingdome woo)
Els not malign'd soe, Had it its end?
Vowes Heresyes to choake, Truth to defend:
Bee-hive, a Trojan horse, you may it call
Heav'ns fire, to Church & State for happy wall.
Hells hate, Romes horror, of our poyson'd tymes
The best of Antidotes, to purge the crymes
Shal't sinke? O shame! may't shine yet to God's glory
And sound the Parliaments aeternall story.

TO THE MOST SACRED MAJESTY, CHARLES II. OF Great Britanny, France & Ireland KING, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH.

Most Dread Sovereign, and ever Blessed of the Lord,

MAY it suffice to shew and say unto Your most High and Sacred Majesty, That the Design of Chelsey College (which I now, in the demonstration of it, pru­dently and most humbly dedicate unto Your Majesty) was first of all by Your Royal Grand-Father King James graciously and greatly ap­plauded, whose most excellent Sagacity ha­ving understood the wisdom of God in it, gave thereunto, with his Parliament, it's Feat and glorious Form. Afterwards it was no less ap­proved off by Your Royal Father of ever bles­sed Memory; by Him it was abundantly Commended, who with great zeal comman­ded [Page] his late Archbishop Laud to promote to the utmost this admired Design, and speedily to put it into all good posture and Accommo­dation. And therefore this Plot is of most pretious Concernment in all sorts of due Re­verences, for the great and incomparable well­fare of the Church of Christ: For so it was in the real and tender account of those Noble Sons of Honour and true prudency of the first Par­liament of Your Royal Grand-father: which is therefore above all recommended to Your Gracious Majesty, whom the most High and Holy One hath so Miraculously Preserved, so wonderfully and blessedly Restored, to be in many things and waies the Repairer of decayed Persons and Places. And especially, because the Case and Dignity of Chelsey College had a known and very large interest in the pious af­fections of Your famous and Glorious Uncle, Prince Henry, which he set his heart upon, to get immortal Honour by his most endeared fa­vour and Princely respects thereunto, studying with all his power and prudence to advance this College to be the Pillar, yea, the standing and living Monument of his flourishing Fame and deserved Glory. But the Lord made and [Page] found him fully ripe for his Celestial Throne; that he might make Your Blessed Father (the Mirrour of Princes) most fit to sway the Scepter of these Kingdoms, whose Princely Affections and Commands were full of integrity for the Compleating of this Seat and Nurse of Lear­ning and Truth. Now, if Your Majesty shall be pleased in regard of this, with the aforesaid re­spects, to espouse this College, and to meditate the perfecting of it, for the most Blessed im­ployment thereof; oh then, how shall the Hearts and Tongues of all Good men (whose eyes behold You as most Happy, propense, and Pretious) blesse Your Sacred Self, and multi­ply their delight and most holy Prayers in and for You, that from the first entring upon Your temporal, You readily Contemplate to make this Your eternal Praise and Dignity? The ra­ther let Your most Admired Majesty humbly be beseeched to set Your Kingly Countenance on this Design of so much weight and worth, for that the King of Kings hath in his amazing and astonishing way of never-to-be-forgotten Mercy, now at length, like Noah's Dove, re­turned You without Gall (in all gracious Cle­mency) with an Olive hopefull branch of [Page] long-desired and blessed Peace into the Ark of our most happy Church and State; where, let the High and Lofty One ever delight in and over Your Majesty to doe You good, with the Richest and Choicest Blessings of this and the next life poured out both into and upon Your gracious Heart and Head. And the Lord grant that You may be Crowned with the Glory of a long, prosperous, and uninterrupted Reign over us, That holy Truth and Peace being perfected, You may so have the Heavenly and eternal Kingdom begun in You,

which is The utmost flame of the zeal of the most holy and hearty Prayer of
the humblest of Your Majesties liege Subjects, JOHN DARLEY.

THE EPISTLE TO THE READER.

IF thou shalt wonder that a Man so near his grave, and withall so far from Chelsey, should la­bour to revive and give a Resurrection to a De­sign so long buried in its dust; let me then assure thee, it is not from any hope or desire of self-prefer­ment in this world, being daily about to strike saile, and run my aged, weak, and infirm vessel into the harbour of Common (but sure) Rest. Nor is it from any Corrupt Principle of vain-Glory and ap­plause. That were to leave my spirit in the greatest darkness, by sinning against the clear Light of Know­ledge taught in the Princely Preacher, Prov. 25. 27. For Men to search their own Glory, is no Glory. But forasmuch as some broken thoughts upon this Subject had for sundry years last past lyen by me, which were perused by some of my Judicious Friends and Faithfull fellow-Labourers in the Gospel, after a review, they exhorted me to print my Schedules and papers in these Halcyon-times (and to trust the Lord with Issues, who can make this good work so Joyfully begun, yet to flourish for Sion's higher Rise, and Babylon's deeper Ruine.) Which I have done, not [Page] so much in full hope of effecting what I would, as be­ing unwilling to refuse them, and desirous of making tryall: for I had rather (as Peter du Moulin once said) that Godly and Learned men should find in me want of Prudence, then accuse me of Negligence. Besides, some Worthies having gone before me in this way, I was thereby further perswaded to cast my Mite into their treasury, that they might be thank­fully remembred by me, and diligently followed by others. Again, that which did set a little sharper Edge on my willingness herein was, that I might take an occasion to clear the innocency of Dr Feately, (the late Provost of Chelsey College, and one that is ho­noured in his dust for his known Vertues, eminent Pi­ety, abundant Learning, and Labours) somewhat blotted by Dr Fuller's pen, proceeding rather (in my Judgment of Charity) from an Error in his Judg­ment, then Will. But that which principally moved me was, a clear perswasion of heart, how much the perfecting and compleating of this College would con­tribute Glory to God, Honour to the true Religion, encouragement to Learning and Learned men in every Age; what invincible help and assistance it might afford our Gracious King and his Royal Successors against the many subtil and unwearied Adversaries of Christ's Kingdom, Gospel, Faith, Doctrine, and holy [Page] Discipline; lastly, what chearfull and beautifull light of divine and heavenly knowledge, what soul-reviving and refreshing satisfaction the Lords People in these three Nations (yea, in all the world) continually in every Age and Condition might receive from the Stu­dies, Disputations, and Writings of such eminently­qualified Persons, as ought to have been chosen in­to the Orthodox Society and Learned Fellowship of this College, so richly provided for, and happily ac­commodated with encouragements of every kind. Pro­lixity must be avoided: I therefore reine in, im­ploring the choicest Blessings of Heaven upon my Dear Sovereign, his Royal Relations, and Great Councel, that the work of Righteousness may be Peace, and the effect of Righteousness Quietness and Assurance in our Land. Now the Great Counsel­lor give thee (Good Reader) peace, and under­standing in all things, and that by all Means.

Which is the Prayer of
the un­worthiest of those that serve thee in the Faith, JOHN DARLEY.

Erratum.

Pag. 7. lin. 3. (for, read (but.

THE GLORY OF CHELSEY COLLEGE REVIVED.

I Shall not by any needless flourish of my own words begin this Treatise of CHELSEY Col­lege, but First, deliver the disert words of the Act of Parliament made in the seventh year of King James of Blessed Memory in the behalf of the same College; as also a Declaration published by Authority in the year 1616. concerning the Reasons that moved his Majesty and the State to erect the same (God assisting me) as I find it dili­gently Collected and extracted to my hand by the Author of the most Remarkable Monuments of London and the Precincts thereof: Then, Secondly, give you Bishop Hall's Judgement and Recommendation, with Dr. Fuller his more special report of it; as also Mr. Baxter's Instigation for it, and Grounds of the Necessity of prudent provision of Able and adequate Men for the work: And so I shall in the Conclusion adde something concerning Dr. Sutcliffe his being the first Mover (under God) to advance the design in this beginning of the Embryo that it now appears in. Thirdly, I shall intimate the Obstructions and [Page 2] Impediments of it: Fourthly, adjoin some prevalent Motives for the Renewing, or rather the reviving of the Design to it's original intended perfection: Fifthly, stop the mouth of the chiefer Objections against it: Sixthly, propose the means (though in these hard and Exhausted times) to compleat it: Lastly, conclude with prayer for Grace, Grace unto it.

First, The Abstract of the Act runs thus:

Whereas his Majesty, of his Royal and zealous Care for the defence of true Religion now established within this Realm of Eng­land, and for the Refuting of Errors and Heresies repugnant to the same, hath been graciously pleased by his Letters Patents un­der the Great Seal of England, to found a College in Chelsey near London, and therein to place certain Learned Divines, and to incorporate the same by the Name of the Provost and Fellows of the College of King James in Chelsey, of the foundation of the same James King of England; and hath of his most gracious Goodness and Bounty not only endowed the same with certain Lands, Privileges and Immunities, but hath also, for their further Main­tenance and sustentation, given unto them a Capacity and Ability to receive and take from his Majesty, or any of his Loving Sub­jects, any Lands, Tenements, Hereditaments, Gifts, Benefits and Profits whatsoever, not exceeding in the whole the yearly value of three thousand pounds, as in and by the said Letters Pa­tents doth more at large appear: And whereas also it is manifest and evident, that the bringing in of such streams of Running wa­ter to the City of London is very convenient, necessary and profi­table, as well for the private use of such as shall rent the same, for the help of cleansing the said City in the time of sickness, and preserving the same against all suddain Adventures of fire, &c. whereby they had the free Grant of and for draining the field and Marishes between the Bridge called Lock-bridge in or near the parish of Hackney in the County of Middlesex, and the Bridge called Bow-bridge at Straford-Bow, in the parish of Stepney in the said County, &c.

Which by reason of the Ample Grant, may seem to be a [Page 3] Royal Privilege indeed; yet by reason of the vast Labour and Cost, not only of digging and trenching, but of buying leave of the owners of the grounds, fields and limitations, may seem (with Reverence be it spoken, and regard had to Clergy­men not versed in such Affairs) not only like that in Holland, but somewhat resembling that of Hercules his Labour of clean­sing Augeas his stable, wherein 3000 Oxen so long were tyed up, by drawing the River Alpheus to run through it. When I consider the many Provisions in that Grant, it appears some­what like the Arduousness of their task and undertaking. Not­withstanding Christian duty ought (especially when back'd with so many advantageous incouragements) to swallow up greater difficulty. It is the most holy exhortation Jude 3. Earnestly to contend for the Faith once delivered to the Saints. And it is the delight of the Holy One, to behold his enabled Servants study­ing and labouring to ridd the Land of the immense Dunghill of Errors and Heresies; which is not for every hand that can make of Scripture fine Posies in Preaching, but are too tender to pluck up or thrust away thorns: this can be done only by men fenced with Iron, and the staffe of a speare, 2 Sam. 23. 6, 7. And this above all is now (if ever) especially to be looked unto, that the Cause of Christ be not betrayed and lost in this Age abounding with so many Anti-Christian deceipts.

A brief declaration of the Reasons that moved his Majesty and the State to erect a College of Divines and other Learned men at Chelsey; together with a Copie of his Majesties Letters in favour of the same, and an Addition of some Motives very forceable to excite the zeal of good Christians to a voluntary and liberal Contribution.

Ʋnderstanding by experience that want of Information hath much hindred mens Devotion in Contributing towards the Ere­ction and Donation of Chelsey College, We have thought it very fit, together with his Majesties Letters, seconded by my Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, to declare the Reasons that caused this work to be undertaken, and to adde such Motives as we have supposed may be most effectual to give satisfaction to his Ma­jesties [Page 4] desire, and perfection to this Honourable Design.

First, It was considered, That the Popes Agents travelled Sea and Land, wrote Books in favour of their Faction, devised Lyes and Slanders to bring Religion and Professors thereof into hatred, and not sparing any standing in their way, by falshood and Treachery oppugned Kings and Princes that could not endure the Popes Tyrannical Government: and to this end, men of ready Wits, good Speech, long Experience and competent Learning, have been maintained in Colleges, furnished with Books, holpen with Counsell and Direction, bound with Laws and Oaths to uphold the Papal Hierarchie and Heresie, and (which moveth most with most men) encouraged with great Promises and large Rewards: Whereunto albeit private men, piously affected, have from time to time opposed themselves; yet because they wanted incourage­ment to undertake so great a labour, Counsels of the Ancients to direct them, Books and Libraries to instruct them, Forms of pro­ceedings to keep them in compass, and Rewards to maintain them, (those excepted that are due for Ecclesiastical Cures) it was further advised, That to make a sufficient defence for the Truth of Religion and Honour of the State, and a strong and continued op­position against the continued Lyes, Slanders, Errors, Heresies, Sects, Idolatries, Blasphemies of our Adversaries, that it was necessary to unite our forces, and to appoint special men that with­out other distraction might attend the Cause of Religion and of the State; being furnished with Directions, Instructions, Counsels, Books, Presses, competent Maintenance, and other necessaries.

This then was the reason why this College by his Majesty and the State was first designed, and a Corporation granted, with large Privileges, viz. That a select number of Divines and others should be gathered together into one body, and united with one form of Laws, and there maintained, who being furnished with Books, and directed by men of experience and action, might alwaies be ready to maintain our Christian Faith, to answer the Adversaries Calumniations as wel against Religion as the State, to defend the Majesty of Kings and Princes against the Ʋsurpation of Popes, the Liberty of Christians against the yoke of Superstition, to supply the defect of Teaching where Appropriations have devoured Mini­stry, by Teaching and Conference to convince the obstinate Pa­pist [Page 5] and Atheist, and by all means to maintain Truth and discover Falshood.

This is the College commended to his Majesty, and intended by the State, and easie to be perfected, if it please all true Chri­stians to further it with their help and favour, according to some proportion of their means.

His Majesties Letters directed to my Lord of Canter­bury follow in these words.

Right trusty and welbeloved Counsellor, We greet you well.

Whereas the Enemies of the Gospel have been forward to write and publish Books for confirming of Erroneous Doctrine and impugning the Truth, and now of late seem more carefull then before to send daily into Our Realms such their Writings, whereby Our loving Subjects, though otherwise wel-disposed, may be seduced, unless some remedie thereof should be provided: We, by the advice of Our Councel, have lately granted a Corporation, and given Our allowance for erecting a College at Chelsey, for learned Divines to be imployed to write (as occasion shall re­quire) for maintaining the Religion professed in Our Kingdoms, and confuting the oppugners thereof. Whereupon Dr Sutcliffe, de­signed Provost of the said College, hath now humbly signified un­to Ʋs, that upon divers promises of help and assistance towards the erecting and indowing the said College, he hath at his own Charge begun and well preceeded in the building, as doth sufficient­ly appear, by a good part thereof already set up in the place ap­pointed for the same.

We therefore, being willing to favour and further such a Work, will and require you to write your Letters to the Bishops of your Province, signifying unto them in Our Name that Our Pleasure is, they deal with the Clergy and others of their Diocese, to give their charitable Benevolence for the perfecting of this good work so well begun.

And for the better performance of Our desire, We have given [Page 6] order to the said Provost and his Associates, to attend you and others unto whom it may appertain, and to certifie Ʋs from time to time of their Proceeding.

These Letters the Lord of Canterbury, Archbishop, sendeth a­broad to the Bishops of his Province, and secondeth them, in these terms.

Now because it is so Religious and Pious a work, conducing both to God's Glory and the saving of many Souls within this Kingdome, I cannot but wish that all devout and well-affected per­sons, should by your self and the Preachers in your Diocese, as well publickly as otherwise, be excited to contribute in some mea­sure to so holy an intendment, now well begun. And although these and the like motions have been frequent in these latter times: yet let not those whom God hath blessed with any wealth be weary of well-doing, that it may not be said, that the Idolatrous and Su­perstitious Papists be more forward to advance their Falshood, then we are to maintain God's Truth. Whatsoever is collected, I pray your Lordship may be carefully brought in to me; partly, that it pass not through any defrauding hand; partly, that His Majesty may be acquainted with what is done in this be­halfe.

Your Lordships very loving Brother, G. Canterb.

The like Letters are written to my Lord Chancellor, and my Lord Maior of London.

So that by this that has been said it must manifestly appear, that Chelsey College has not only King James his Majesties and his first full Parliament's and Convocation's (the intire repre­sentative body, with the Head of Church and State) but that of the prime Powers and Prudencies of both of them, the Archbishops, the Chancellour, and the Lord Maior of London, the acclamation of their Energetical Prudence and Zeale.

By these Letters it may appear that this College is not an idle [Page 7] Project merely of any private man, but a most Pious Work, projected, or rather approved and applauded, by the King and State (for Dr Sutcliffe must have the eternal Honour, in that his most pious and sedulous wisdome moved the first stone, as from God, about it;) and that all that profess Religion, and de­sire the continuance and advancement thereof, yea, all that ho­nour his Majesty, and wish the prosperity of the State, and de­sire the increase of Learning, have Interest therein, and I hope shall receive comfort, content and good satisfaction by the same, if they put their hands and hearts unto it.

Being then such a work of Piety, for the maintenance of true Religion, who can be accounted truly Pious and Religious, and yet yield no help to advance it? Being a Project to maintain the honour of the State, what good Subject will not contribute to set forward this Project? But to touch only the point of Gods Honour,Prov. 3. 9. let us remember the words of the Wise man, Honour the Lord with thy substance: let us also consider what the Lord himself saith,1 Sam. 2. 30. Them that honour me, I will honour; and they that despise me, shall be despised. Now who can say that he ho­noureth God, that suffereth him by Idolatry, Superstition, Blas­phemy, to be dishonoured, and will give nothing to suppress Baal's Priests, but is content that the Pope be worshipped like the Idol Bel? Can God's Honour stand with the Superstition, Heresie, Idolatry and Blasphemy of Papists, and the Prophane­ness of Atheists? It is not sufficient for true Christians to pro­fess true Religion, but they must with zeal maintain it, and with heart abhor, and with hand suppress Idolatry and Supersti­tion. Who will rise up with me against the wicked? Psal. 94. 16. saith the Pro­phet. And Psal. 139. 21. he saith, he hated those that hated the Lord, with a perfect hatred. The Law Deut. 13. is direct against such as intice us to serve other Gods: our eye may not pitty them, nor may we shew mercy unto them; no although they be our brothers, our wives that lye in our bosoms.

An odious thing also it is either to suffer Truth to be suppres­sed, or Lyes to be received. St. Augustine, in his Epistle ad Casu­lanum, saith, it is a foul Fault to hide Truth, as well as to tell Lyes: Ʋterque reus est, & qui veritatem occultat, & qui mendacium dicit Chrysostome Hom. 25. in Matth. doth charge [Page 8] him to be a traitor to Truth, that dares not boldly utter it, to defend it. Non ille solum est proditor veritatis, qui veritatem transgrediens, pro veritate mendacium loquitur; sed etiam qui non liberè veritatem pronuntiat, quam pronuntiare tenetur, aut non liberè veritatem defendit, quam liberè defendere con­venit.

Some suppose that Christianity and Popery may stand toge­ther, and themselves as Newters stand between both, or as Me­diators would reconcile both. But can Christ be reconciled to Antichrist? There is no Concord between Christ and Belial (saith the Apostle) 2 Cor. 6. 15, 16. Upon which place Dr. Featly's Paraphrase is here fitly to be inserted. ‘Mark the Apostles Gradation (saith he) What fellowship hath Righteousness with unrighteousness? what Communion hath Light with da [...]kness? and lastly, what Concord hath Christ with Belial? No more agreement may we have, who are temples of the Living God, with Idols. There is great opposition between Righteousness and unrighteousness, greater between Light and darkness, greatest of all between Christ and Belial. Righteousness and unrighteousness, the one being a Vertue and the other a Vice, are opposed contrarily; but Light and darkness privatively, which is a greater opposition: but Christ and Belial contradictorily, which is the greatest of all. Righ­teousness and unrighteousness so opposite, as that they cannot subsist in the same Soul; Light and darkness so opposite, as that they cannot subsist in the same room; Christ and Belial so opposite, as that they cannot subsist in the same heaven. Righ [...]eousness fighteth with unrighteousness wheresoever it meeteth with it, Gal. 5. 17. But Light doth more, it present­ly banisheth darkness. But Christ doth yet more, he utterly confoundeth Belial. So true Religion not only fighteth with all Heresie and Superstition wheresoever it meeteth with it, but banisheth it, and in the end confoundeth it.’ Dr. Featly Vertum. Rom. p. 156. No Toleration then of false and true Reli­gion together (no more then truce of the Dogg and the Hyaena, Ecclus. 13. 18.) No halting, no halfing between God and Baal, no sodering of Religion; no pulling of Rome to Protestancy, no more then the Fisher's pulling the Rock to his Boate, who [Page 9] the more he pulls, the more he brings his Boate to the Rock. The Bishop of the Church of Pergamus was reproved for suffe­ring them that taught the doctrine of Balaam, and the Bishop of Thyatira for permitting Jezabel to teach and to deceive the people. And shall the Church of England any longer suffer the Romish Balaamites, the false Priests of Baal (maintained by the Romish Jezabel and her Consorts) to seduce God's people? The false Priests of Bel used all Arts and cunning practices to deceive, and now will not suffer any Religion but that of their God Bel, the Pope. And shall not true Christians use equal di­ligence to maintain holy Truth, most pure Protestant, holy and saving Truth, and suppress Popery, and all other Idolatrous and false Religions? Ingemui (fateor) (saith Hierome) minus nobis inesse voluntatis ad propugnandum veritatem, quàm inest illis cupiditas ad inculcandum mendacium. I sighed (saith he) seeing less desire in us to defend Truth, then in our Adversaries to maintain Lies. Are not here motives of moment enough to be mighty with any that have any true tender Conscience, more then to perswade them, even to make them zealous after the Work? Yet there is added more yet moving ones, as followeth.

The College being erected then for the maintenance of Truth and God's true Service, and for a resolute opposition against Er­rors and false worship of God, it cannot but please God and content godly men, if it be help'd onward. The same also will be a means to increase Learning, and prevent the dangers of pla­ces haunted with the spirits of Antichrist, the Jesuits and Mass-Priests; and therefore cannot chuse but be well accepted of all that either desire a learned Ministry, or love Learning. Finally, seeing the Church hath received no greater dishonour by any then by insufficient and unlearned Church-men; I hope this may be a means to recover some part of their lost Honour.

Wherefore, whether we regard the Service of God, or the Honour we owe unto the King, or the love we bear unto our Country and State, and above all, that which omnes omnium complectitur charitates, the Piety to our Church, let us not shew our selves sparing and backward in yielding our aid to set for­ward a Work so religious and profitable for the Church, so ho­nourable for the State, so necessary in regard of our Adversa­ries [Page 10] Malice, and the defects and discouragement of our own Forces. Other Collections have been either for private per­sons, or Strangers, or places remote, or matters concerning some particular occasions: This concerns a general good, and toucheth every man both in Honour and Conscience. Hereto­fore we have endeavoured to maintain Religion, and favour others abroad: let us not therefore now neglect our selves, and our own honour and profit and necessary service at home. Neither let any man think it strange, that a work of such great­ness should be advanced by this weak means; or that a Project so necessary should proceed so slowly. Almighty God, albe­it sufficient, yet would have his own Tabernacle built by the voluntary Offerings of his own people. Speak (saith he to Moses Exod. 25. 1, 2, &c.) to the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering of every man, whose heart giveth it freely: and Exod. 36. 3. there it followeth, they brought still unto Mo­ses free gifts every morning, and they ceased not till they were stayed from offering. King Solomon likewise was greatly hol­pen in the building of the Temple by the contribution of his Subjects, as appeareth by the words of Scripture, 1 Chron. 29. 6, 7. Further, by voluntary Offerings and Contributions the Temple was repaired by Joash, 2 Kings 12. and by Josiah 2 Chron. 34. And this has been the use and practice of ancient times, in building and endowing most famous Churches, Colle­ges, Schools, and other monuments of Religion and Learn­ing, both in our own and other Countries. Our Adversaries by this course have had means to build many Monasteries, Colle­ges and Schools, for their Jesuits and Friers, as propugnacles of Superstition, Heresie and Idolatry, and Antichrist his Tyran­ny, to uphold and make good their own Corruptions in Religi­on, and Usurpations upon the Magistrates Government, and every Christian mans Liberty. And this have they done not only in Europe, but also in the Indies; and not only one in eve­ry Kingdom, but in some States divers, and almost in every City one. And shall not our flourishing Kingdom build and en­dow one College for the maintenance of God's true Service, and the Honour of the whole State? It were a dishonour to our Na­tion, and the whole Church and State, to think the contrary.

[Page 11] The work hath (we confess) hitherto proceeded slowly; and no marvell, seeing great works are not easily atchieved. Noa [...]'s Arke, God's Tabernacle and Temple, and famous Schools and Colleges, albeit founded by Kings and great men, were long in building: and do we wonder that this College is not yet finished? Further, it pleased God to deprive us of Prince Henry, our principal hope, and the chief Author of this Designe. Lastly, who knoweth whether God hath appointed these weak Means to set forward a great Work, that his Power in our Weakness might have the whole Glory?

Let us therefore (good Brethren and Country-men, yea Christians) hearken willingly to his Majesties motion, and rea­dily follow his Example: Let it appear by our Bounty, how blessedly zealous we are to maintain the everlasting Truth, and to root out Error and Idolatry: Let us by effects declare how studious we are to doe good works, and to advance God's and our Churches honour. They that have much may give of their abundance; the rest, according to the measure of their means: God as well accepteth of the widows mite and poor mans good will, as of the rich mans treasure.

If we honour God with our substance, he will honour us, and increase our substance: if we build an house for the main­tenance of his Truth, that it may continue in our Posterity, God will build us an house, restore it to us, and double it to our Po­sterity. Abraham by offering his sonne to God, was made a Father to many Sons, yea and of many Nations. And Solo­mon, that shewed his Royal magnificence in building God a Temple, in Honour and Riches passed all other Kings, 1 Kings 3. 13. How can we excuse our selves at the last day, if we now deny God a small Offering, who daily offereth unto us many Graces, and giveth to us all good things that we possess? Psal. 68. 9, 10. Yea, our souls are a sacrifice due unto him, 1 Cor. 6. 20. and Rom. 12. 1. And then much more our external things. And therefore no Christian may deny to him an offering out of his wordly goods, if God's service (for God's members and Church) require it. That in 1 Thes. 5. 23. and, indeed, whatsoever it is that we have, more or less, is God's; and what­soever we give, we give unto God but of his own, which he [Page 12] hath first given unto us, 1 Chron. 29. 14. For all that is in heaven and earth is his. For the Lords is the Kingdome, and he is to be exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of him, and he reigneth over all, and in his hand is power and might, and in his hand it is to make great and to give strength unto all, 1 Chron. 29. 11, 12.

As for those that draw back in this his Service, and refuse to concur in promoting God's Honour, let them marke the words of our Saviour, Matth. 12. 30. He that is not with me is against me: and the Curse of the Angel on the people of Meroz, Curse ye Meroz (saith the Angel) for they came not up to help the Lord.

But we hope we shall not need many more words, to move them that are (already) so well perswaded, nor perswade men that in Religion and Devotion are so forward, who know and take to heart that severe increpation of the Prophet Esay 32, 6, 7, 8. against the evil-eyed, hard-hearted, fast-handed Churle, and vile man; but withall, that the liberal deviseth liberal things, and by liberal things (especially in this kind) he shall stand: for he sowes unto the spirit Gal. 6. 8. to reap life everlasting.

It is the duty of good Christians to advance God's Honour, and repress Superstition, Heresie, Idolatry, Blasphemy. It is the office of good Subjects to defend the Honour of the State against the Sycophancies of English Fugitives, and the secret pra­ctices of foreign Enemies their adherents. The Adversaries using all their skill, and joyning their forces against Religion and the State; it behoveth us likewise to unite our forces, and to joyn in Confultation how to resist them. This Common business requireth Common help; the practice of our Adversaries pro­vokes us to use speed; and there is too much precious time alrea­dy let run in waste, almost, if not altogether, or more then full forty years, from the first Commencement. And since the Work has been let lye absolutely dormant, if not dead, what tares of Heresies of all sorts has the Vigilant and indefati­gable envious man sown and fomented, as in the field of the sluggard? so as there is nothing appearing but Camelions of monstrous uncouth Errors.

The Quality of the work, being for the defence of true [Page 13] [pure] Religion, and the State, will move any (whose heart is not hardned and leavened in errors) chearfully to give: For whosoever shall give, shall receive of God a full reward in this Life, and when they dye, their works shall follow them; and then whatsoever they have sown in righteousness on earth, that shall they reap in heaven in mercy; whatsoever they contri­buted to God's work on earth, they shall be rewarded in heaven, measure heaped together and running over into their bosomes.

Wherefore recommending the College of Chelsey to every Religious Christians devout thoughts, we cease further to press them, but only desire them, in the words of St Paul, respective­ly to the excellency of this good deed, in advancing and laying out themselves, to advance this College; Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are honest, and lovely, and of good report; If there be any vertue, any praise, think upon these things, Phil. 4. 8.

Lastly, for satisfaction of those that desire to know why this College is erected at Chelsey, and not in one of the Universities, this we thought fit to add; That this place was thought fittest to receive directions from our Superiours, to consult with men of best experience, to obtain intelligence from foreigne parts, to print books and to disperse them, and lastly, to obtain the favour of the State and City. Farther, hereby as all emulation may be avoided, so the help of both the Universities may as well be had by intercourse, as if the College stood in either of the Universities. Thus all things now stand, God bless the pro­ceeding of this College, &c. and give Grace, Grace unto it.

Thus have you (by the Author of the remarkable Monu­ments of, and in, and about London) a just and full Narrative of Chelsey College in the Constitution, Cause moving and pro­moving, sovereign care and sollicitation, the use and ends of it, with some fair and forward Provision for it, and great and gra­cious motives of perswasion to stir up mens hearts to contribute, and that not in a sparing but liberal way, unto it, and not to let the Gates sink in the foundation of it, Lament. 2. 9. The Affair, not only auspicated by King James his wisdome, but for­warded by his zealous care in writing unto and calling upon the Archbishop, and in his writing to the Bishops, and the Chan­cellor [Page 14] of England, and the Lord Mayor of London; as also the Pithananches of vulgar prudence, either from the grave Archbishop himself, or some one of the Reverend Fellows, as I gather from the latter words of his goads, of his wise words, where he saith, that the reason of this College it's fitness to be more respectively at Chelsey, is because of receiving directions from our Superiours. In which exhortation, even in the whole carriage of it, I appeale unto the Godliest Judgements, whether he has not spoken as with the tongue not only of men, but as of an Angel of God; so that now, nihil supra.

And yet to him let me joyn or adde another Angel of our Church, Doctor Joseph Hall, sometimes our Diocesane Bishop of Exceter, afterwards of Norwich, who, upon this Commen­cing of Chelsey College, may well come after and second the business, as Nathan after Bathsheba; who in his Peace-maker (wherein he most truly saith, one of the principal means of Peace-making in the Church and State for ever is, by ab­solute silencing of Schismaticks and Heresies) is pleased in his prudence to shew and say, and set down at full his Judgement of this Chelsey College, suppositively, if promoted and perfe­cted, and so according to the end prosecuted and adorned, as to be the undoubted and blessed means both to purifie Truth, and to set up Peace for ever; not Peace alone without Truth, nor Truth alone without Peace, but both Peace and Truth toge­ther, as the two Chapiters upon Solomon's two pillars with their carved works, called Jachim and Boaz, that Establish­ment, and this Strength, 1 Kings 7. 21. For the most reverend Bishop and Father in God, (as I must ever in honour mention him) in that precious piece of his Peace-maker, (for which he must of future Generations be blessed) O that he had not had the fate of Cassandra, to prophesie truth, but not to be belie­ved and obeyed! For upon rich grounds, his divinely-illumina­ted heart, foreseeing the Calamities which turbulent spirits in malecontents would bring by storm, through Civil Warrs and intestine Contentions, bethought himself (as a true Prome­theus) of this Remedy, shewed to K. James and to his Parlia­ment, (whilst God's Good Spirit was with them and in them, and before he suffered the Evil spirit, the foul and Rebellious [Page 15] spirit, to possess the hearts of Belials, to open the postern to act his horrid deeds of darkness.) He foreseeing (I say) yea presuming, that if the design of Chelsey College had been ad­vanced into a forwardness, and faithfully effected, so as to have made choice of and placed these 20 Colleagues, with two Histo­rians, sworn to defend the publick professed Truth of our Church, according to the Articles, they might have effected so much by their wisdome, as with a Caduceus to have stilled the furious spirits of very many bad ones, and so charmed them to have worshipped the blessed Peace of God, and so prevented a world of Blood, Mischief and Confusion and Misery, and still pestilent Conspiracies, to souls as well as bodies on all sides, that we might have enjoyed to this day the blessed of the Lord, and so only have fed and feasted with the banquet of the Peace of the kingdom of God in our Consciences, and they have had all their Donatives and Honours blessed unto them: The Bishop representeth his Judgement (respectively about Chelsey College) thus.

It is Great pitty (saith he) that the late Chelseyan Pro­ject was suffered so foully to fall to the ground; whereof had not the Judicious King seen that great use might have been made of it, he had not condescended to so gracious Privileges as his Majesty was pleased to inrich it withall.

The wise and Learned Prince well observed how great an advantage our Adversaries have of us in this kind, who come with conjoined forces (on every side being ready to be in­gruent upon us with preparations, as flood-gates set open and inlarged) whilst we stand upon single resistance. And there­fore, without a marvellous providence of Almighty God, we might have verified the old word, Dum singuli pugnant, universi vincuntur. Blessed be God, the world hath had ample proof of single (yet singularly) learned Champions, and seen and heard such learned Advocates to plead for the Protestant Profession, such Stephens, such Jewells, such Mor­tons, such Fields, Whites, Abbotts, Reynolds, Featlyes; who (that is Featly especially) alone, as in single duell, incountred abroad in France, Dr Bagshaw and Smith, and at home in Eng­land, alone also sustained and incountred Fisher, Sweete, Eagle­stone, [Page 16] Everard, Muskett, and ever came off from all intami­natis honoribus: as also University Professors, Peter Martyr, Holland, Prideaux, Whitakers, Collins; so as one has been able, in Spiritual Polemicks, to resist a thousand.

But if these heads and hands have been so powerfull, what would they have done if united together? Ne Hercules contra eorum Duos. Certainly none of these upstarts, perni­cious, prodigious late Heresies, would have stood before them, [For the Associating Divines of the Province of Lon­don, in their testimony to the Truth of Jesus, in detecting and detesting the Errors and Heresies, have given them their deadly wound] nor have breathed so long under their hands, to have brought such Disturbances [yea such Distractions, Schisms, Factions, Divisions, as of late we have seen to have crept in, with their infestings amongst us, and to be lamented, if not possible by single hands to be amoliated, making our present England an African Scene of new Heretical swarming Monsters, threatning an hellish Chaos of Libertinisme, Licentiousness, &c. But yet (if Chelsey College find favour) I hope that Rome's word of hope, for all their insulting, may never be found to be verified upon us: I will set (and men shall see it) the Egy­ptians against the Egyptians; that is (say they) the Protestants against the Protestants, the Lutherans against the Calvinists; as Bishop Morton reports it, and Breerly has seemed to have done it; as Bishop Morton (I say) in his Catholick Appeale to Breerly the Priest in his Protestants Plea.]

But if we may not be so happy to see such a sure establish­ed Preservation of holy Truth and Peace, Zach. 8. 16, 19. (as our Palladium, or holy Arke, which will keep us safe unto Salvation, so long as we keep it) it will be requisite yet, that order be taken, that none may be allowed to enter into the lists to maintain the Combat with Heretical seducers, but those who (upon egregious experiment) are approved Champions. For certainly there cannot be a greater advantage to prevalen­cy of Error, then a weak oppugnation. I remember St Au­stine professes in his Manicheism, this was it that heartned him, that he met with feeble Opponents, and such as his nim­ble wit was able easily to overturn. When therefore any [Page 17] overbold Champion shall step forth, and cast down his Gaunt­let in defiance of Truth, it is fit that he be incountred with an Assailant that hath brawn in his Arms and marrow in his bones; [and holy spirit in his head and heart] not with some weak and wearyish Combatant, whose heart may be, as his hand is, feeble, and so may rather betray the better Cause with an imprudent and impotent managing.

Now this strong plea for Chelsey College thus far having so much Sanctuary-weight in it and witness for it, I need not adde any graine more to it, for it will hold certainly currant in the ballance of sanctified Judgment, so that it will be vanity to draw a line after Protogenes. But yet further, for the esta­blishing your Judgments and the attracting of your Affections, in the third place (for A threefold cord is not easily broken; and, Ʋnder the mouth of three witnesses shall every word be esta­blished, 2 Cor. 13. 1.) let me produce the venerable Relation and Judgement of one who may be well called a Chrysostome, and so be joyned with a Bishop, that is, Dr Thomas Fuller, out of his Church-History.

This College was intended (saith he) for a spiritual Gari­son [of Stationary Church-Champions] with a Magazine of books to that purpose [as a well-furnished Armory] where learned Divines should study, and write in maintenance of all Controversies against the Papists [the grand Wolves, and also against the subserving Heresies of the little Foxes.] In­deed the Romanists in this may rise up and condemn those of the Protestant Profession: for as Solomon used not his Milita­ry men for any servile work in building the Temple, whereof the text assigneth the reason, For they were men of war: so the Romish Church does not burden their Professors with Preaching, or any Parochial incumbrances, but reserves them only for Polemical exercises and studies; whereas in Eng­land the same man Reads, Preaches, Catechises, Disputes, delivers Sacraments, &c. so that were it not for God's mar­vellous blessings on our studies, and the infinite odds of truth on our side, it were (in humane probability) impossible that we should hold up the bucklers against them.

And further, this College was further intended to be Acted [Page 18] with 20 choicer School-divines, and to have amongst them two able and prudent Historians, to be maintained in this College, faithfully and learnedly to record and publish all memorable passages in Church and Commonwealth.

And further, this College or Corporation was to consist of such a competent and steady number of Divines, as I said be­fore, at least 20. And let us hear Dr Fuller's going on still, to furnish us with the first List of first Heroes who engaged themselves to be on the Frontiers, our Scipioes & Fulminae belli.

  • 1. Matthew Sutcliffe, Deane of Exceter, Provost, and Pro­moter of this College, a man worthy to be Captain, because a Champion, whose skill as well as zeal, whose Art as well as heart, adorned him with Prudence as well as spirit.
  • 2. John Overall Deane of Pauls.
  • 3. Thomas Morton Deane of Winchester.
  • 4. Richard Field Deane of Gloucester.
  • 5. Robert Abbott.
  • 6. John Spencer.
  • 7. Miles Smith.
  • 8. William Covett.
  • 9. John Howson.
  • 10. John Layfield.
  • 11. Benjamin Carrier.
  • 12. Martin Fotherby.
  • 13. John Boys.
  • 14. Richard Brett.
  • 15. Peter Lilly.
  • 16. Francis Burley.
    • Doctors of Divinity.
  • 17. William Hellier Archdeacon of Barnstable.
  • 18. John White Fellow of Manchester College.
  • 19. William Cambden Clarenceaux
  • 20. John Haywood Doctor of Law
    • Historians.

Loe here (saith Dr Fuller) none who were actual Bi­shops were capable of places in this College, and when some of these were advanced to Bishopricks [as Deane Morton and Doctor Abbott] and others translated to heaven, King James, by his new Letters patents 1622. November 2 substi­tuted [Page 19] others in their places.

And yet since such Rapine, and Sacrilegious sale of Bishops Revenues has of late been made, so as that they are rather Titular then Real Bishops; this College (if Bishops in true Christian high magnanimity will submit their necks to this yoak of Christ, and what can be more honoura­ble? may best fit and be ordained for such a Patriarchy of Bishops, as a Jericho, till their beards be grown, and their gar­ments be repaired. For Jericho was not only the City of Palm­trees, but the City, and the great School, yea the College, of, and for Prophets; whereof the two great Prophets (that were in their time called the Chariots and horse men of Israel) were the heads, having younger Prophets under them, 2 Kings 4. 38. O that by their superintending in this School, they might shew against Baal's Prophets the spirit of Eliah and Elisha doubled upon them! In which College of Iericho Elisha succeed­ed Eliah, as Father of the sonnes of the Prophets; healing both their City fountain, and their College common Pot of infe­cted pottage, and multiplying the loaves of barley. So these Prophets are fittest to heal the Pot of Protestants, which is so poisoned with the Coloquintida of the Popish wild gourds of Traditions, Falshoods, and corrupting of Scriptures, that there may be no more evil in them, 2 Kings 4. 41.

Now to these, for the building of their College and their Mansion (as Dr Fuller saith) K. James gave all the Timber requisite thereunto, which was to be fetched out of Windsor Forrest. And that long range which alone is extant, scarce finished at this day, yet thus the College made, not of free­stone, but of free timber, cost (O the dearness of College and Church work!) full three thousand pounds. But (alas!) what is this piece? not an eighth part to a double Quadrant, besides wings on each side, as it was intended. If the Ancient Fathers, which remembred the magnificence of Solomon's, wept at the meanness of the second Temple; such must needs be sad who consider the disproportion betwixt what was per­formed, and what was projected in and about this College [as in the Synopsis of the Model in the Frontispice may be obser­ved. Save that (I confess) the destruction of beautifull buildings once really extant, leaves greater impressions in [Page 20] mens mindes, then the miscarriages of only intentional stru­ctures, and the faint Ideas of such future things as are serious­ly propounded, but fail to be effected.

But this College when once the Act was made for it, in pur­suance thereof, His Majesty Incorporated the said Foundati­on, by the name of King James his College in Chelsey; and bestowed upon the same by Letters Patents, the Reversion of good Land in Chelsey, (then in possession of Charles Earl of Nottingham, the lease thereof not expiring till thirty years hence:)

and also his Majesty was pleased further to grant his Letters Patents for a general Collection all over England and Wales, of the free benevolence of the willing people, and the Bishops were carefully to urge it: so that to go on with, much monies were gathered; but (saies Dr Fuller) it was kept in some pockets, and withall wisheth (as well he might) that those pockets which yielded not the monies to the right use, might rot, and be broken baggs.

Something I have said before of King James his Commen­dation, and confessing Dr Sutcliffe his diligence in soliciting a­bout the College work, to put this fair project into a full and faithfull effect, who (that is, Dr Sutcliffe) also bequeathed a good part of his own revenues unto it. And thus may I echo out the work unto the world, in the Angelical trumpet of Dr Fuller, whose expressions sweeter then hony, or any mu­sick, thus proclaim and warble it forth.

Next King James, let me place Dr Matthew Sutcliffe, Deane of Exceter; who, though no Prince by birth, seems little less by his bounty to this College. But as a subject (A­raunah) gave things as a King to God's service; such was the Royal Liberality of Dr Sutcliffe, bestowing on this College

The Farms of
Kingstone
The Farms of
Hazzard
The Farms of
Appleton
The Farms of
Kemerland
in the parish of
Staverton
in the parish of
Harberton
in the parish of
Churchston
in the parish of
Stoke-Rivers

All in the County of Devon, and put together richly worth 300li per annum.

Besides these, by his Will dated November 1. 1628. he bequeathed unto Dr John Prideaux and Dr Clifford, (the Feof­sees in trust to settle the same on the College) the benefit [Page 21] of an extent on a Statute of 4000li acknowledged by Sr Lewis Steukley. To all which, as a precious Signet, he gave his Library too, and that no mean one: as also Arch­bishop Bancroft promised his; but neither Archbishop Abbott nor Archbishop Laud did part with it. A bountifull benefacti­on, and the greater, because the Doctor had a daughter, and she children of her own. And although this endowment would scarce make the Pot of the sons of the Prophets to seeth; yet what Feasts would it have made in his private family, if continued therein? Seeing therefore so publick a mind in so private a man, the more the pitty that the good Doctor was deserted, Ʋriah-like, ingaged in the front, to fight these battels alone against an Army of Difficulties; which he incountred [or rather took truce with] in this de­sign, whilst such men as were to be the wings retreated from him, not seasonably succouring and seconding him in this Action, to face the Enemy; which Dr Sutcliffe, the first mover of the first fundamental stone of this business, and (as far as in him lay) the Promoter of Chelsey College, was in readi­ness to doe.

It may well therefore be said of him, as Paul said of Ti­mothy, There was no man like-minded, who did naturally care for the College, or for the Cause of Christ and of his Church, as Dr Sutcliffe did, in that vigorousness of spirit, and energy of zeale, and that erogation of large and wise charity, to his power. For all men seek, and hugge their own Ape-Cubbs, their own things, the Minervals and reaches of their own braines; and not the Man-child of their labouring Mother the Church, which mystically is Christ and his Cause, Rev. 12. 3. the Child of God, whom the dragon waites even in the birth to devour, who yet is to rule all Nations with a rod of Iron, and who is caught up to God, ver. 5. to his Throne.

Now this Chelsey College Project, howsoever maligned and obstructed in the birth thus long and strongly, (as the beginning of the building of the second Temple was for 40 years, from the first year of Cyrus to the second year of Darius, Ezra 4. 24.) yet though it hath by the negligence of our side, and the Policy and malignancy of the other side, been thus treacherously impe­ded [Page 22] and oppugned, we may not think but in it self, and in the approvement and purpose of God, it is most honourable, and to be advanced in the Lords season, and by the men whom he has ordained and sanctified: and why not at this shining instant (by raising up the spirits of the Prophets in the Convocation to speak for it, and by prophesying to promote it?) that the Col­lege Adornation may be as Michael and his Angels fighting with the Dragon and his Angels, til the Dragon not prevailing, his place may be no more found in the Heaven of our Church, but he be utterly for ever cast out of it.

Which Impediments and Obstructions, though they have tended almost unto destruction (as the Enemies applaud and hugge themselves, saying, Have not our foxes, going up with secret and subtile Policies and underminings, broken down their stone wall? Nehem. 4. 3.) yet we must and do say, as the Church in the Prophet Micah's time, yea the College of this our Church may say, Rejoyce not against me, O mine Enemy: though I am let and left to fall, I shall arise; though I sit in si­lence and in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me, &c. Micah 7. 8, 9, 10, 11. And England might goe on and say, in her late long suffering, because of our late long sinning, and our long not perfecting our General Repentance, I will bear the Indig­nation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him; untill he plead my Cause, and execute Judgement for me. He will bring me forth to his light, and I shall behold his Righteousness.

But here is yet the great wonder unto many Godly mens hearts, that such a gracious work, in all likelyhood and great probability, of God, and also according to the most holy way of his Wisdom, so wisely commenced by Dr Sutcliffe, ap­proved and promoted by King James and his Parliament, so far proceeded in and to such a measure, in building and endowing, having by King James his Letters Patents so much and such Con­tributions so far and fairly advanced, should yet at length, after so long expectation, be let fall, and sinke, and dye, and lye in it's foundation: What might be the cause of so great a Cala­mity? to doe, what Ithacus velit, what the Roman Adversary would have to be done, and that without him, yea and for him too.

[Page 23] Let me here give you the Impediments, first in the discerning and discreetness of Dr Fuller, who has gathered and expressed the Obstructions, not only in oppressing the College by Wil­liam Lord Mounson, but even in the suppressing it, unto despe­rateness of never any more emerging or resurrection, in all hu­mane Judgment, unless the Lord, who does great and wonder­full things alone, does give it a joyfull resurrection. And there­fore may you receive them in his own more prudent words.

First, the decay of the College (saith he) is ascribed to the large, loose, and lax nature of it; no one prime person (Sut­cliffe excepted, whose shoulder sunk under the weight there­of) zealously ingaging therein: King James his maintenance making, or amounting but to little more then Countenance of the work. Those children will have but thin chapps and lean cheeks, who have every body (and yet no body) nurses unto them.

Secondly, the Decay of the College is to be ascribed to the original means of the College, principally founded on the fluid and inconstant means (Element unstable as water) the Rent of a new River (when made) which at the best (thus imployed) was beheld but as a religious Monopoly. And seeing that design took no effect (though afterward in another Notion and nature it was perfected) no wonder if the College sank with the means thereof. For this first tender and plot for the College profit was cut off by another allowance of Middleton's plot, of bringing water actually from Ware to Islington, to be conveyed to Pipe through every street in London. And now,

—Quis virtutem amplectitur ipsam,
Praemia si digna justa negentur ei?

Thirdly, some of the greatest Prelates (how much self-ingrossing is there in all men?) though seemingly forward, yet really remiss, in the matter: supposing those Controver­sial Divines would be looked upon as the principal Cham­pions of Religion, or more serviceable in the Church then themselves, and haply might therefore acquire Privileges prejudicial to their Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

[Page 24] Fourthly, the Jealousies of the Universities, beholding this design with suspicious eyes, as which in process of time might prove detrimental unto them too.

Fifthly, the suspicion of some Patriots and Commons in Parliament too, such as carried the keys of Countrey-mens Coffers under their girdles (may I safely report what I heard from no mean mouths) that this College would be too much Courtier▪ and that the Divinity (but especially the History) of it would [...], propend too much in favour of King James, and report all things to the disadvantage of the Sub­ject: wherefore though the said Patriots in Parliament countenanced the Act, (as counting it no Policy publickly to cross the Project of the then King James) yet when retur­ned home, by their suspicious Items and private instructions, they beat off and retarded the peoples Charities thereunto. The same conceived this Foundation superfluous, to keep men to confute Popish Opinions by writings, whilst the maintai­ners of them were every where connived at and countenan­ced, and the penal laws not put in any effectual execution a­gainst them.

Sixthly, its being begun in a bad time, when the world swarmed with a world of prowling Projectors and necessi­tous Courtiers, contriving all waies to get Monies We know, that even honest persons (if strangers and casually coming along in the company of those that are bad) contract a sus­picion of guilt to themselves, in the opinions of those to whom they are unknown. And it was the unhappiness of this innocent College, yea the usefull good design of it, that it ap­peared in a time when so many Monopolies were on foot.

But was not Christ himself prejudiced for being with Publicans? So sad a thing it is, not to discern things that are excellent, and to distinguish the Instruments.

To all this, seventhly, may be added the Papists their conju­ring up again their Project for Toleration (by their great po­tent Patrons, especially Henry Earl of Northampton, so mainly for the bringing of that Trojan Horse) to be intro­duced to be stationary amongst us, partly because Chelsey Col­lege was not advanced, (but rather kept under Hatches, for [Page 25] Non progredi est regredi) and partly because of King James his Age, and Fears, which then were most awakened and revived in him, and inhaunced, and meeting him in every way, Eccles. 12. 5. yea more created; and partly because of the Popish Interest which was got on high, near at him, re-inforcing their Petition for Toleration so far as that (in effect) it was said, The King is not he that can deny you any thing. And this was about the year 1623. immediately after the dismal downfall of the Assembly of Papists and Black-Friers, where almost 300 of them perished suddainly in the Pit. King James was not long after again solicited so strongly as he was on the point of inclining, or (as I may say rather) of seeming to in­cline, (as wise Kings many times, Jehu King of Israel, who succeeded Ahab, and Constantine being President.) Partly therefore to be ridd of tedious importunities, and partly to ex­plore which of his servants in weighty and right Religious af­faire were truly faithfull and constant, he began to seem only (I say) so far to take the Sticklers Reasons into Considera­tion, as to suffer a Proposition at length for a Toleration of Po­pery, (that Religion which yet before he had been so long and strong against, and in his soul abhorrent from) by the Chancellor, on a Sunday, to be made at the Councel-Table.

But God stirred up, and was with the spirit of the Arch­bishop of Canterbury (Dr G. Abbott) our of great dislike, as became him, though with hazard of his high Favour, to speak against the Toleration, and not a little charge the Chancellor for it; and though his Majesty himself came to the Councel-Table that or the next day, expressing some seeming high dis­pleasure, the Archbishop, like a true Father of the Church and Master in the Place, vented his mind upon the Keeper in a sharp reprehension of his Error, that suited his Conscience to the time. But the Proposition the Archbishop absolutely re­fused, and desired the rest of the Lords to second him; of whom there were so many for him as made this Resolution, and so it was laid aside. The King understanding soon what was past at the Councel-Table, came in himself, and expressed some discontent, &c. The Archbishop maintained the fidelity of his Judgement, humbling himself at his Majesties feet, and seeking to qualify [Page 26] him with an Oration. First, he acknowledged the Honours he had received of the King, which he laid down at his Majesties feet, remonstrating the affections he had served him with, &c. The Issue whereof was, that all the Kings great heat of Anger was by meanes thereof allayed and appeased. ‘Ille regit dictis animum, & pectora mulcet.’ And in his inward secret affections he was altogether plea­sed; which the Archbishop afterwards found, in that, after­ward, after the fatal unhappy killing of the Keeper by him in the Lord Zouch his Park, the King was not pleased to hear the Aggravation of the Crime against him, but suffered him to live in place and grace to his last period; having received his faith­full admonition, as the duty of a good Conscience and zeal from a Religious Counsellor, for the King's and Christ's honor, as to this effect.

—Quin aspice quantum
Aggrediare nefas, & dum licet, effuge crimen.

And this, knowing how, and being indeed happily in season ad­monished, Eccles 4. 13. according to the wisdom which cometh down from heaven, being first pure, peaceable, gentle, easie to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, James 3. 17. without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And this fruit of righteous­ness was sown thus, in peace, of him that, according to his Royal Motto (Beati Pacifici) made Peace. He (that is, his Majesty) therefore considered further, preferring the leniment of a good Conscience before all the Sirens Songs of seducing, vel tantillum, from the right way; and concluded as he began, according to Queen Elizabeth's Motto, and his own Resoluti­on and Religion, not only in style Defensor Fidei, but in zealous Vindication, as well in his Apology for the Protestant faith, as in the Oath of Allegiance. And therefore he held out through the good hand of God helping him, without having that blame as the Angel of Thyatira had, I have something against thee, be­cause thou sufferest that woman Jezabel: and so concluded, as the Sun in his setting, as we see, Intaminatis honoribus, & ut esse Phoebi Dulcius lumen solet jamjam cadentis. Chelsey Col­lege [Page 27] Institution was his extream aim, to have had it compleated in his life-time, for after-ages to have the fruit and the fruition of it, and to bless God for his so gracious Indulgence. Hereupon the King considered further (I say) and would be no more at leisure to hear of the Toleration, but rather, as Prov. 25. 23. the North wind driveth away rain; so did the Kings angry Counte­nance the intolerable Solicitors for Toleration.

I might goe on yet further, in shewing not only that Middle­ton's Aquaeduct from Ware to London spoiled the water-Project for Chelsey College; but that the design for repairing of Pauls Church likewise quite eclipsed and damped the building of Chel­sey College: but above all, the untimely death of Prince Henry, as is afore mentioned, who was the stately Elm by which the Vine of Chelsey College did hope to rise and spread; but the Divine hand having cut him off, the poor and weak Vine of this Project fell to crawle on the ground, and to be trod under the feet of wild and impure beasts.

Let us hereupon still hear and heed what Dr Fuller saies, and he is ever most worthy to be heard.

At this time the Col­lege hath but little of the Case, and nothing of the Jewel for which it was intended: Almost rotten before ripe, and rui­nous before it was finished. It stands bleak, (like a lodge in a garden of Cucumbers) having pleasant waters [the River Thames] near it, and store of wholesom aire about it; but very little of the necessary Element of Earth belonging unto it. Yea since I am informed, that sith the College taketh not effect ac­cording to the desire and intent of the first founders, it hath been decreed in Chancery, by the joynt Consent of Dr Daniel Featly, the third Provost of the College [wherein by the way, and favour of Dr Fuller, there is a gross mistake, when he calls Dr Featley the third Provost, for Dr Featley was indeed next to Dr Sutcliffe himself, and but the second Provost, whom indeed the Lord Mounson commenced his suit with for the Land whereon that part of the College is built, to whom Dr Sutcliffe travelled to London, on purpose to seek out Dr Featley, and actually and personally to resign the Provostship unto him, and invest Dr Featley with it, in all the dignity and rights unto it belonging: and therefore no likelyhood of suit with Dr Featley [Page 28] in Chancery, either by Dr Sutcliffe or his heirs, but more likely rather with the third Provost indeed, which was Dr Slater, with whom perhaps the Chancery suit was commenced, and Dr Pri­deaux the surviving Feoffee, intrusted in Dr Sutcliffe's will] that the aforesaid Farms of Kingstone, Hazzard and Apple­ton, should return again to the possession of Mr Halee Esq;, as the Heir General to the said Dr Sutcliffe: on what Consi­deration I leave, and cease to inquire; it is enough to per­swade me, (saith Dr Fuller) it was done in equity, because done by the Lord Coventrie [But I say, if Dr Featley had had any hand in it, then Dr Sutcliffe resigning to him, a condition or word of Caution had been enough, what needed a suit with Dr Featley? More probable rather that the suit was commenced (I say) with and against Dr Slater (or if not with Dr Slater, with Dr Wilkinson, the present (I know not by what means) since Dr Slaters death, self-surping Provost) and that the transaction was from him rather, because the disert mention is of the third Provost, which was not Dr Featley, but Dr Slater; or by Dr Wilkinson, from himself imposed upon Dr Slater.] So that now only the Farm of Kemerland in Devon of Dr Sut­cliffe's donation remains to the College. All that I will adde (saith Dr Fuller) is this: As this College was intended for Controversies, so now there is a Controversie about the Col­lege; costly suits lately being commenced betwixt William Lord Mounson, (who married the widow Dowager of the a­foresaid William Earl of Nottingham) and the present Pro­vost [viz. Dr Samuel Wilkinson] about the Title of the very ground whereon it standeth: and that but for a lease of some few years, the land it self being Crown-land.

To say nothing concerning its Calamity in the extent of late fury, the Abuses, the Abominations in the desolation, it beco­ming as a Cage of (Horresco reputans) unclean birds, a Prosti­bulum for whores, a stable for horses, &c. and not only a place petitioned for to make leather Guns in, but desired also for a Palaestra to manage great horses and practise horsemanship.

Now to all these three great witnesses, in their wisdom ap­proving and improving the design of Chelsey College; Arch­bishop Abbott wisely and sedulously soliciting the Bishops, [Page 29] and perswading the Kingdom with most grave and gracious mo­tives to contribute unto it; Bishop Hall sweetly commending and insinuating the Project to be promoted, that it might not perish; and Dr Fuller amply setting forth the Institution, na­ture, provision, uses, and end of it at full: let me adde but one more, that is Mr Richard Baxter, who is so learnedly verst, especially in the most subdolous devices of the Papists, and ex­presly the Panurgy of Adam Contzen, Jesuit, his directions for preserving and restoring Popery, and changing Religion in a Nation before the people are aware: in the said Adam's Poli­ticks, lib. 2. pag. 16, 17, 18. Who (i. e.) Mr Baxter, in his Ho­ly Common-wealth, or his Political Aphorisms, expresseth his mind thus, (in his additions to his Preface;)

Consider how suitable Popery is with a carnal Inclination: Secondly, what plausible reasons Papists have to delude poor souls with from their pretended Universality, Antiquity, &c. Thirdly, how few of the vulgar are able to defend their faith, or to answer to the two great Sophistical Questions of the Papists; (viz.) Where hath your Church been visible in all Ages? [Only Dr Featley, not only in his Disputation with Fisher, but in his Manuscript dedicated to the Lord Craven, not yet printed, and in his Grand Sacriledge, particularly concerning the taking away the Cup from the Laity, has fully (as much as they demand­ed) answered that other point. For the Nameless Romanist thus contrives and moulds his subtilties, not as Cases of Conscience, to be resolved by some learned Divine, but as it were laying (as Dr Featley resenteth) a snare to intangle the Answerers therein. Let (saith he) those points be propounded one after another, and receive their positive answer under their hands to the first, before they know the second, and so in order to the rest: when that is done, you shall hear further from me. What is this (saies Dr Featley) but in effect to say, draw the Protestant Respondents by degrees, and by little and little, into the snares which I have laid for them, and when they are intangled in them, I will come and take them, and intangle them with their own subscriptions? Which Tract of Dr Featley's, yea the very [...] of it, is in the Right Honourable the Lord Craven's hands, who is extreamly desired that he would be pleased to [Page 30] communicate it for the Churches good, if he have it by him; or else I have a transcript, which I shall crave his leave to put forth.] And how prove you the Scripture to be the Word of God? Though not only the Papists themselves, but especial­ly our Divines, as Whitakers against Stapleton, and in a large Tract besides, yea Arminius himself, Ʋrsinus, and all our Catechetical Divines, especially the Confession of our English Churches faith, against the Popish Traditions and Papal De­cretals, have abundantly proved the sufficiency, perfection and divinity of the Scriptures unto salvation, 2 Tim. 3. 16. that they be the word of God only, and not of man, as spoken and delivered by holy men of God, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, 1 Pet. 1. 21. And therefore we may say, What is the Chaff to the word of God? what are Traditions, Legends of Saints, to the word of God? Jer. 23. 28. Alphon­sus de Villega his more refined Legends of the Saints. Fourth­ly, how will it take with the people, to be told that their forefathers all dyed in the Roman faith? which Reverend Mr Hocker, that wrote the Ecclesiastical Policy in five books, wil abundantly resolve them in. And fifthly, above all, what a multitude of Jesuits and Friers and Priests they can prepare for the work, and pour out upon us at their pleasure, from Flanders, France, and Rome, and other places: and how those sorts of men are purposely trained up for this deceiva­ble and illusive work, and have their common Arguments at their fingers end; which though they are thred-bare and transparent fallacies to the wise, yet to the vulgar, and to our unstudied Gentry, they are as good as if they had never been confuted, or as the best. [I appeal unto that gloriosum Cer­tamen between King Charles the first and the Marquess of Wor­cester at Ragland Castle, who (I say, the Marquess) wanted not his College of Priests and Popish Jesuits: with what hazzard did the Kings Majesty encounter, and escape the most subtile Circumventings of that night in single Combats, having only for his second Dr Bayley, a single Chaplain?] Sixthly, what a world of wealth and secular helps is at their becks, in France, Flanders, Italy, Spaine, and Germany? They have Millions of gold, and Navies and Armies ready to promote [Page 31] their work, which other Sects have none of. [So as that the Jesuitical Collegiated Hives, for them in all Countries, in Italy, France, Spaine, Germany, as one of credible Intelligence has mustred (only the Jesuits) and reported them, smal and great, Tyrones, Veterani, Pupils, Tutors, Pensioners, Governors, main­tained in their Armies and pay, are ten times more then all the Students in both Universities, and in all the Inns of Court in Lon­don too, (viz. 2000000.) Which Computation is taken out of the Muster-book of Harley's Defence Des Jesuits. And there­fore no marvel that these hives every where so swarm, and such multitudes of them are sent to seek their hiving quarters in our England. For they account Scotland as yet too poor for them, or too cold and barren to thrive in, as not having those flores inscripti nomina Regum, for them to suck their hony out of.] Seventhly, what worldly motives have their Priests and Friers to promote their zeal? Their Superiors have such variety of Preferments and ample Treasures to reward them with, and their single life alloweth them so much vacancy from domestick Avocations, and withall, they so much glory in a zeal, in compassing sea and land to make Proselytes, that it is an incredible advantage that they get by their In­dustry, the Envious man by them sowing his tares, whilst o­thers sleep, and are not half so industrious to resist them.

Eighthly, What abundance have they lately wone in Eng­land? Notwithstanding they have wanted publick liberty, and have only taken secret opportunities to seduce persons, many of the Nobility, Gentry, yea and of the Clergy, as well as of the Common people, and zealous Professors of Religion (lately,) as well as of the profane, have been se­duced by them, and by them Princes in other Countries have been won, and the Protestant Religion cunningly worm'd out. And what a lamentable increase they had made in England before our Wars, by that Countenance and favour which through the Queen was procured them, (though in­comparably short of this absolute Liberty) is sufficiently known.

Ninthly, It is not the least of our danger, that the most of our Ministers are unable to deal with a Cunning Jesuite or [Page 32] Priest. And this is not to be wondred at, considering how ma­ny of them are young men, put in of late in the Necessity of the Churches, (which the world knows who have caused;) and there must be time before young men can grow to matu­rity, and an unfurnished Nation can be provided with able, experienced men. And the Cessation of Popish assaults of late hath disused Ministers from these Disputations. The Reformation had seemed to have brought down Popery so low, that we grew secure, and thought there was no danger of it; and the Papists of late have forborn much to meddle with us barefac'd, and have played their game under the vizor of their Sects. And withall, young Ministers have been so taken up with the greater work of winning Souls from common profaneness, that most have laid by their defensive Arms, and are grown too much unacquainted with Contro­versies. We have so much noted how Controversie in other Countries hath eaten out much of the power of Godliness, that we have fallen by disuse into an unacquaintedness with the means of our necessary defence: and whilst we thought that we might lay by our weapons [as Sampson his Jaw­bone, or David his Goliah's Sword] and build with both hands; we are too much unready to withstand the adversa­ry. Alas! what work would liberty for Jesuits and Friers make in our Congregations in a few months space? I must confess this (though some will think it our dishonour) it is not from any strength in their cause, but from their carnal advantages and our disadvantages [because we are not sto­red with our learned Garison, with the Magazine of Library and maintenance] For it is easier to pull down then to build, and to set a Town on Fire then to re-edife one house, and to wound then to heal. [But as the fountain was hid at the pre­sent from Hagar's eyes; so Mr Baxter for the present did not see, nor think on the adequate remedy of this (viz.) Chelsey College Project and design; this being to this present utterly, to all seeming, as it were dead and buried, without hope of re­covery, and so discovery, unless some Angel awaken and open our eyes to see it.] And then if Popery should come in again [through our giving over our watch and guards, and then [Page 33] doubtless if so, not without seven worse devils of Infection, Rage, Thraldom, Superstition, Tyranny, gross Idolatry, Per­niciousness] what measure Protestants may look for at their hands, we need not go out of England and Ireland for proof.

To use therefore a little more Mr Baxter's words for Chelsey College, which he urgeth indeed for another thing. I leave it therefore to the Judgment of all men that are not asleep in their security, and utterly unacquainted with the advantages and vigilancies of Papists, whether this design of restoring and endowing Chelsey College, according to the first wisdom of it, for the defense of our Church Articles and oppugnation of the Adversaries, be not altogether of Christ, of the Angel of the New Covenant, having discovered it unto our eyes, and caused us to see this fountain, for our selected and choice men to draw water out of the Well of Salvation, Gen. 21. 19. as the strong men of David out of the well of Bethlehem, 2 Sam. 23. 16. with Joy, for the establishing of the hearts of the Saints in the true grace, that they be sound in the faith, and so be able and furnished (when need is) to convince the gainsayers, and that the simple at length may be able to con­found even the Scribes and the wise of the world, who beat their brains with the deceivableness of that unrighteousness, to build, or rather daube up, the Mystery of Iniquity, the decei­vableness of unrighteousness.

Thus have I at large related the nature and Condition of Chelsey College, the nature of the Causes, form, uses, and ends of prudence, for happiness to our Church, if we can receive it, and the condition for the present of it in its impediments and obstructions; so that if it be not now religiously looked unto, it must and will be everlastingly forlorn and lost, and such an opportunity never more can be hoped for. And this I have related as principal and princely Bezaliels have medita­ted and designed it, as a well-drawn and wrought fair piece of Arras, and a Pattern to be made up accordingly, and as it were from God, in the words of Ezekiel, Chap. 40. 4. Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thy heart upon all that I shall shew thee: for to the intent that I might shew them, am I sent unto you.

[Page 34] Wherein you have not only a Synopsis and clear declaration of a Tower of Ophel, a Church Garrison; but also motives pre­gnant and powerfull enough of Archbishop Abbott's, or one of the Fellows, even flexanimous to hearten and help onward the Affair: 1. From the Papists and Jesuits their industry and la­vishing of gold, for defence of their Idolatry and Antichri­stianism; 2ly, From the necessity (as they account it) to uphold the Mystery of Iniquity, and from the necessity for us also to work counter unto them; 3ly, From the danger that our Church and Cause may be in, if we provide not in time; 4ly, From the excellency of being valiant for the Truth; 5ly. From the honour of Christ and his Church, and our King and Country; 6ly, From the reproach which other­wise will redound unto us; 7ly, Besides the suffering of the Abomination of Desolation suddenly to overspread us, and so the adversaries to work their pleasure upon mens souls, and have occasion to upbraid us, saying, Why is there a price in the hand of foolish English- men to get wisdom, and they have no heart to lay it out for wisdom?

So that after all this Remonstrance about the matter, and heads of the motives so faithfully inforced and improved, there needs no more inculcating of them, but only praying to remember and consider what has been so carefully and conscionably urged; and the Lord give us understanding in all things. Only may I humbly crave leave to urge in fine, what we have found, and what was not considered, and what the Spi­rit advertiseth the Church of Philadelphia, Rev. 3. 10. Be­cause thou hast kept the word of my patience (that is, as the Apostle does paraphrase 1 Thes. 1. 3. the work of faith, the la­bour of love, the patience of hope, for all these are joyntly to be ingaged in the work) therefore I will keep thee from the hour of Temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the face of the Earth; that is, to try their Faith, to try their Love, to try their Hope: their Faith, whether it work by Love; their Love, whether it be sin­cere and zealous for the Truth; their Hope, whether it in­dure unto the end in patience, Heb. 6. 10, 11, 12. rejoycing in hope, patient in tribulation: and out of faith, hope and [Page 35] love, laying out themselves for this College, leaving the suc­cess, prospering and blessing to the Lord Christ. And this the ra­ther, if our expectation be according to the fifth-Monarchy mens perswasion, which is not an Heresie, and so not to be con­demned, but to be looked for, but to be endeavoured after, but to be prayed for, that Christ his second coming, in bringing and setting up his Kingdom, may so appear. And, in a sort, is not this hour of temptation come upon us of England? and has it not been even for no less then fourty years almost trying our Faith, whether we will and do [...] for it; our Love and Charity, whether we will contribute any thing liberally to maintain the Champions of our Faith, whether we will cast this sure anchor in the most holy place, Heb. 6. 19.? knowing and believing this most certainly, that, (as Mr Ar­cher expresseth, in his Forerunner of Christ's personal Reign on earth, pag. 50. and 55. and Mr Mede, Rev. 11. 7. his opi­nion is) that Popery shall yet again, for a while, universally prevail in those Countries and Nations out of which it hath been expelled. Mr Chr. Cartwright's Preface to the Gloriosum Certamen. And therefore ought we not of England to ad­vance this College? thus to prepare to give the head of the Dragon his last deadly wound? that the Prince of Peace may set up his Scepter of peace, and be the Solomon of peace, in governing his Saints in all the blessings of Peace and beauties of holiness? that we may seek, and love to have, and keep the saving Truth in love and peace, Zach. 8. 19. But as one saith, Si nos iri perditum vult Dominus Jesus, h [...]c [...]tamen solamini erit, nos nihil omisisse virtutis ad eluctandum ruinam; as the two Witnesses in sackcloth, or rather as becomes a Couragious souldier stantem in bellow mori, in hope of a most glorious re­surrection; like that which the Roman Florus speaks of the holding out the last siege of Carthage, Ʋt morsus morien­tium sunt maximè mortiferi; sic plus negotii fuit cum semi­ruta quam cum integra Carthagine: or as it is said of Sam­pson, Judg. 16. 30. the dead which he slew at his death were more then they which he slew in his life-time. And then the hope of everlasting rest after all our labours, shall sweeten all our labours, ease our torments, mitigate our sorrows, comfort [Page 36] our hearts that they faile not in their labour, nor faint in their travail, nor sink under their burden, nor fall under their Cros­ses, nor dye for sorrow of their wound; but may say, I have fought the good fight, and finished my course, and kept the faith, 2 Tim. 4. 7, 8. Henceforth the spirit hath said, we shall be pillars (Rev. 3. 12.) in the Temple of our God.

Finally, may I humbly adde a word of the probable means of (as it were) buoying up this Ship of the sunk College, to be rigged and to ride again as a Pretorian ship, in its haven; with respect to his most Gracious Majesty, and the Great Wisdoms of his Councel and Parliament: because it is said expressly, that Kings shall be nursing Fathers and Queens nursing Mothers to the Church, Esay 49. 23. Whatsoever the penury may seem to be in regard of the late great losses and exhaustings, because of the sweeping tempests, that have left (as it were) nothing, or little good; yet is it not the word of the Lord by Haggai, The silver is mine, and the gold is mine (saith the Lord of hosts?) So that if it please Almighty God to stir up, and put into the Kings Majesties heart an he­roick care and resolution to set about the advancing and restoring of this ruinous College, by taking the Course which his Royal Grand-father did, viz. granting forthwith his Letters Patents once again, generally all over England, for a Collection of three years to be made; and that the Archbishops Graces would be earnest with the Bishops of their Dioceses to sollicit their par­ticular Ministers; and that the Peers of the Upper house and the Burgesses of the Commons house would by their Munificence be exemplary Leaders unto the Collective body; more respe­ctively, the new Bishops, revived and restored (as men of God) to their Sees and dignities, to act as Intelligences and Angels of the Churches in their own Spheres, though possible their Sees are much impaired, as having had the Line of Ahab upon them, and Plummet of Samaria: Yet if they shall meditate liberal things, Esay 32. 8. or devise liberal things, and out of their grave and gracious wisdoms prompt and promote unto the Kings Majesty a more probable way of wisdom then at first was projected, and become also not only exhortative but exem­plary, to their power, for so important, godly, and necessary a [Page 37] work, especially the most Reverend Fathers, Canterbury, Win­chester, London, Lincoln, Yorke, Durham, &c. This may doe much, and much contribute towards the speedy adorning and advancement of the College to its due perfection, and placing it in its sphere of activity, yea and to the settling of it, to be­come a pattern and president for Imitation to foreign Pro­testant Churches also in Christendom, not yet in the Popes Ca­ptivity and dungeon of darkness, of his Mystery of Iniquity and deceivableness of unrighteousness. And if the late Arch­bishop Laud could have imagined that such Wolves and Mon­sters of Heresy, upon his being put to death, would have been in such readiness, like Serpents and Toads and venemous creeping, noxious beasts, at the root of the stately Palm-tree of our Church, in readiness, I say, thronging with their Fry, whose word was, Viam inveniam aut faciam, to crawle up even so all over the fruitfull branches of this Palm (for the shepheard being smitten, how would the sheep be scatte­red?) how would he have roused up and awakened himself as the Cock, who with his wings clappeth himself, to have been most vigilant over them? especially when Dr Featley (being assigned the Provost of Chelsey College by Dr Sutcliffe his stu­dious and solicitous obtaining of him, and resigning all his Authority and power unto him) sollicited Bishop Laud (at London House) to favour and further the College, when the Church looked upon him as a son upon his Father and Patriot, because of his fair opportunity, by his high advancement, for the greatest affaires of the Church, which King Charles the First was pleased to grace and intrust him withall. How would he have known and remembred, that it was incumbent upon him to have served [...] as well as [...], and have looked upon Chelsey College as a grand business of Christ's, as well as to be so zealous for the re-edifying of Pauls; and not have daunted Dr Featley's suit with that short hasty word, Cui bono? as Pilate once seemed to have done to Christ, What is Truth? His eye, with his heart, being so immoveably fixed upon the repairing of the dead and decaying walls of Pauls Church, not in the in­terim providently eying and spying the mischiefs, Calamities, Chaos of Heresies, Sects and Schisms, by Satan's Panurgy, and [Page 38] by the madness of the people, to be drawing in upon us, like the Trojan Horse, for want of that publick armature, sword and spear of the spirit, the spiritual sword of God's Word in the mouths of his more select Ministers, those living stones of his spiritual Tower of Armory. Could, I say, his Graces wis­dom (I mean Archbishop Laud's, who was omni laude dignus) have commanded his heart to have beheld and heeded the An­gelical face of Chelsey College Project, as Dr Featley presented it unto him, and on a time did it more fully and freely at Ful­ham, when he was better at leasure; had not the Importunity of Pauls still been too clamorous in his ears, for expediting it, how would he not (doubtless) have blessed Dr Featley, and blessed his Counsell, and blessed God, who filled his heart to lay before him indeed the summum bonum of Chelsey Col­lege, as David did blesse Abigail? So that (as I said) though that Church, that Carnal Church, (carnal, I say, in comparison of this Chelsey College its pure spiritual consideration and intenti­on) the specious repairing whereof could not be without im­mense charge, did much dazle the Archbishops eyes; yet the apprehension and contemplation of future spiritual fruit and ad­vantage from right qualified persons in Chelsey College had it been entertained in his heart, how might it make his Soul now living under the Altar, though the Vasculum of his precious body be layed in the dust, yet (I say) how might it make his Soul say, and sigh, and still wish, Me mortuo, me oc­ciso, seu mactato, floreat Collegium Chelcianum? Much more therefore, how may it move the present Archbishop, Dr Jux­ton, with his Brethren, to say, yea labour and indeavour it, Imo nobis quasi à mortuis resuscitatis, unà nobiscum revire­scat in aternum Collegium Chelcianum? And therefore we will give no sleep to our eyes, nor slumber to our eye-lids, until we have obtained this Chelsey College to be set upon its own Basis, and to be the place for the Lord to dwell amongst us, as between the Cherubims, and for the most honourable and glorious service of his most sanctifying and saving Truth, so to prepare the way of the Lord, and to make his paths straight, that our, Lord and great Master when he cometh may find us thus doing. most diligently with all our best prudence and piety [Page 39] advancing his precious work, for his Glory, and the sovereign soul-good of his people.

And though I prudently confess, and most humbly acknow­ledge, that non est meae tenuitatis dictare viris tantis, & tam rerum sapientiam Divinam pariter ac gloriam spectanti­um perquam sagacissimis: yet may I (with craving of par­don) say, that if the present Archbishop his Grace (as being the last and only man that was, at the dying of King Charles on the Scaffold, privy to the Counsel and bosom of his Maje­sties Royal heart, and to many desires of his not yet uttered) if he shall think good, yea if God command him to acquaint his blessedly-succeeding Majesty (so as it may be no prejudice any way unto him) with a convenient way for settling a de­termined certain revenue on this College, then (I say) the Af­fair may easily, speedily, and happily be promoted, and no pre­judice done to, or complaint made by any man: but rather, by the secret blessing of the Lord in his acceptance, it may be made to emerge in Glory. Yet with all most prudent and pro­vident Caution, that in case the Members thereof so amply pro­vided for, should not answer the trust which they are sworn un­to, and the Articles of Unity, Love and Truth which they are ingaged in, but suffer their fountain to be defiled, and their waters (like those of Jericho) at length to become bitter; that then all Indulgences, Privileges, Provision, return to the King and State. For, O the sacred Covetousness, with the En­vy and hate that Satan may possess the hearts of the Adversaries with, the Ecclesia malignantium, especially against Christ and his Cause, even to corrupt and to cause prevarication in the best and most blessed things, to cause even them to be the more doubly and dreadfully cursed! according to my comparison which I have before hinted of snakes, toads and vipers craw­ling at and corrupting the Royal root of the Palm-tree. But Absit omen!

But I hope the Kings Majesty will see not only great reason for it, but gracious Religion flourishing in it too (which over­balances all carnal respects) and find that God will, as he well can, multiply his seed of Royal Munificence thus sown, an hundred fold into his bosom, and heap upon and load him in [Page 40] lieu thereof with Riches and Honour and Obedience and hearty love of his Subjects, so as to make him the Joy and delight of mankind, and as the man of his right hand, by multiplying still more Riches and Honour upon him, as he did to Jehosaphat the son of Asa, who walked in the first waies of David, and abhorred Baalim. The like his Ma­jesty does, and has resolved to doe; for which God has esta­blished the Kingdom in his hand, by inclining the hearts of Parliaments and Citizens to bring presents unto him in ear­nest thereof. I say, Riches and Honour shall be multipli­ed upon him, for those that honour God, God will ho­nour, especially, that in the midst of their deep poverty me­ditate liberal things, and study to abound unto rich liberali­ty, 2 Cor. 8. 2. Esay 32. 8. and Esay 30. 15. In returning and rest ye shall be saved. But Esay 7. 9. If ye will not believe —but Absit omen!

If then, men being moved by God's spirit shall chearfully and readily lay out themselves for this College, they shall not repent of this good deed, but find profit by it; as the widows oil and flower was multiplied by her contributing to the Pro­phet. And he that ministreth seed to the sower, both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your Righteousness, 2 Cor. 9. 10. Especially if there be withall a chearfulness of heart; as in sowing our seed in hope, how gladly with full hands do we distri­bute it, and what rich return doth the Earth recompense us again withall? As oil therefore which flows of its own ac­cord from the Olives fatness, without pressing, is much more excellent and precious, and for many medicaments more use­full then that which is forced by pressing: so a prompt, vo­luntary and chearfull Contribution, without any importunate begging, is most gratefull to God, and most rich for reward. But for the work faithfully done to the end, O how rich and blessed a reward is there!

The promised and hoped effects from this College when first constituted, formed and manned, having its provision of mainte­nance to sustain it, a Library and revenue for helps to it, let me set forth, First, in Beza's Emblem, and next in Zachary the Prophets.

[Page 41] First, Beza's, which is a vast Circle, made up of intwined Ser­pents, all langued and armed, every way facing the Assailants, about the immense body of a Cerastes, whereof these are, as it were, the life-guard: which Orbe or Circle is the same with one OEcumenical Bishop, an Arch old Serpent, with an ere­cted most formidable Head and neck, bearing a triple Crown upon it, but having an hand above it with an armed sword, to smite at and cut off the head at his time. The Emblem speaketh thus.

Hi Colubris Colubri (Crist as tollente Ceraste)
Contexti pariter, sinuosa volumina quorum
Dextra secat, Gladium Coeli quae vibrat ab Arce,
Quos signant, rogitas? satis & re & nomixe notos:
Quos Satan armavit; Justi quem numinis ira
Terrarum exitio funesto excivit ab Orco.
Ast hominis tandem sortem miseratus acerbam,
Exterto Verbi Christus nunc dissecat Ense.

Which speaks thus;

Cerastes (loe!) that serpent fell and horn'd,
With his proud head in hellish wrath and scorn
Exalted, against Heights to hiss suborn'd,
His immense body how it is adorn'd
With Adders, Snakes, capt, mitred, cowl'd, and bald,
Which so in order have about him crawl'd?
Which Monster yet, an arm with sword from high
At his mad head and Circle does let fly.
If any ask, what means all this? 'tis plain,
That 'tis Hells rabble, which unto mans bane
(God's wrath permitting) Satan does excite,
To bring upon the world an hell-black night.
But mercy moving God to help mans Case,
With his mouths sword he smites the Monsters face.

Zachary's Emblem of the Repairs, Zach. 1. 18, 19.

Loe! whilst that Rome thus sets and sinks in night,
Sion shall rise, Christ's Church shine and be bright.
Four Carpenters in grace the Lord adorns,
Of hellish Heresie to fray the horns.
Which four fierce horns are Heresies and Factions,
Base State-defamings, bitter Church-distractions:
With the sad issue, as the Fiend expects,
To blast our Churches face with his infects.
Whilst Christ Church shines in the perstringing beams,
To cloud Rome's Synagogue in tragick schemes.
And the four Carpenters are Truth, Grace, Love,
With Unity, for blessing from above;
The Cage of unclean birds who may dispell,
Raising a Temple in which Christ may dwell;
Consterning Adversaries perilous,
Because Immanuel, God so with us.
This to effect, God workmen send to doe it;
We'll bless his Name,
Zach. 1. 20 and 4. 7.
and then cry Grace, grace to it.
FINIS.

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