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have answered respect of Episcopall jurisdiction; and their graunts to )r« preacher & y* him^ 50 I tell curate runne, To have and to hold quam diil se bene gesserint. The ^^^ ^ J^' place is said to be a good Nursery for Novelists, and the curate and ante Lay Per- Lecturer there were found altogether unconformable, presuming y^ y® sone (tnuche Bishop of Chester had no power over them, w*^^ I wonder that y* Bishop lesse a corpora ^f Chester endured. This curate and Lecturer, being suspended by my ^1 * j,t .. Visitors, submitted themselves to subscribe, and have bound themselves power to place ' ^ ' ^ <St* displace cu- to joyne in the due performance of the whole service according to the rates or bene- Booke of Common Prayer and your Majestie's Declaration and Instruc- ficed Preistes ^ions, and undertaken to certifie their performance thereof; and there- therfore ve mav ^P^^ obteyned license both for serving the cure & for preaching. It bee sure of more niay be that the Haberdashers will reprehend them for so doing, as thenmyprotec- having therein prejudiced their right, W^ if they shall doe, I shall tiontnthis. humbly present the cause to your Majestic, and crave your Majestie's protection, both on y* behalf of )r* Ecclesiasticall jurisdiction and of y* poore men, that they may not suffer at y* Haberdashers' hands by w'*»- drawing their Exhibition for doing their duty. II. Your majestie*s Collegiate church at Manchester, where the Warden and fellowes pretend an exempcion from all Episcopall and Archiepiscopall jurisdiction & subjection to canons, was found to be altogether out of order; where there is neither singing men, nor quiristers, nor organ fitt to be used. The Warden & fellowes altogether out of order, scarsely coming to prayers, but never are, when they come, in Collegiate-Quire habit of surplisse and hoods, but all the service layd upon two poore chaplens. But upon consideracion, all of them (save one Mr. Bourne) reformed themselves, came toy' prayers in their habits, and read the service, w<^** (they say) hath not before ben scene. And Mr. Bourne himself was contented to read prayers w'^out a surplisse, saying he refused not as opposing order, but that he was ashamed now Let him be ^^ P^^ ^n y* surplisse, w<^** in 30 years before of his being fellow there so now except he hath not done. The rest have promised reformacion for y* time to he conforme, come. And Boume stands suspended. I trust your Majestic wilbe gratiously pleased to allow of that course w*^'* is taken for reformacion, and of remitting of the faults past so as due reformacion and amendment may ensue. And that I may hope it may so come to passe I will, together w'** 3^* relaxacion of my inhibitions for my Metropoliticall Visitacion, send to each of my Brethren, y* Bishops