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ABOUT A. D. 250 TO THE PRESENT TIME
IN CONTINUATION OF THE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND EARLIEST
HISTORY OF THIS SYSTEM OF CHURCH POLITY CON-
REWRITTEN AND GREATLY ENLARGED
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CONTENTS OF VOLUME III.
Separate churches early organized, 1. The movement in and
around Bury, 1576- Robert Browne, 2. Of an ancient and
wealthy family, 3. Early indications of his career, 5. At
twenty-one a puritan leader - Summoned before the ecclesias-
tical commissioners in London, 1571-2, p. 6. At Bury in 1581,
troubling bishop Freke, 7. Arrested and imprisoned - Lord
Burleigh, his kinsman, interposes, 8. Browne's respectable
"backers at Bury, 10. Aims at "setting up a new dis-
cipline" Gathering churches, with Robert Harrison as an
assistant, 12. Compelled to leave the country, and goes to Mid-
dleburgh, Zealand — Organizes a Congregational church, and
publishes "A Book, which showeth the Life and Manners of
all True Christians," 13. Extracts showing Browne's Con-
gregational views, 14. His "Treatise on Reformation"
Leaves Middleburgh for Scotland, 17. Makes a great stir in
Edinburgh. Called before the church authorities, 18. Denies
their right to adjudicate, and appeals to the civil authorities,
by whom he is allowed to go unpunished, 19. Returns to
England - Arraigned before Archbishop Whitgift — Lord Bur-
leigh's interference - Letters to Browne's father, 20. Cited
before Lindsell, bishop of Peterboro', and excommunicated —
Gives up his Separatism and becomes rector of an episcopal
church, 23. Browne's character, 26. His miserable end, 27.
Fuller's estimate of Browne Probably never changed his
views - Masters', Bridwell's, and Baylie's account of him, 28.
The mystery of Browne's career, and of Burleigh's protection
Rev. John Copping, Rev. Elias Thacker, and Thomas Gibson,
after long imprisonment, the protomartyrs of the Brownists,
37. Other sufferers - Lord Rich, his uncle Richard, Rev.
Robert Wright, and " one Dix," 39. A Congregational church
in Lord Rich's house- - The parties imprisoned, 40. Cruel
persecution of the Separatists by Whitgift and Aylmer- Rev.
Giles Wigginton's opinion of Whitgift, 42. Bishop Aylmer's
character first a puritan, afterwards a cruel persecutor, and a
crawling sycophant, 43. Accused of habitual profaneness, Sab-
bath breaking, an ungoverned temper, covetousness, meanness
and unrelenting cruelty, 44, note. Multitudes of serious clergy-
men of the church of England silenced for slight neglects of
JOHN GREENWOOD AND HENRY BARROWE, CONGREGATIONAL
MARTYRS. THEIR PROTRACTED IMPRISONMENT, REPEATED
EXAMINATIONS AND SEVERE SUFFERINGS. THEIR EXECU-
Of most of the sufferers for nonconformity, between 1583 and