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votion in Contributing toward the Erection and Dotation of Chelsea College; We
though it very fit, together with his Majesty's Letters, seconded by my Lord
Archbishop of Canterbury, to declare the Reasons that caused this Work to be
undetaken; and to add such Motives, as we have supposed may be most effectual to
give Satisfaction to his Majesty's Desire, and Perfection to this Honourable
First, It was considered, That the Pope's Agents travelled Sea and Land, wrote
in Favour of their Faction; devised Lies and Slanders, to bring Religion and the
Professors thereof into Hatred, and not sparing any standing in their way; by
and Treachery oppugned Kings and Princes, that could not endure the Pope's
Tyrannical Government. And for this End, Men of ready Wits, good Speech, long
Experience, and competent Learning, have been maintained in Colleges, furnished
Books, holpen with Counsel and Directions, bound with Laws and Oaths, to uphold
the Papal Hierarchy and Heresy; and, which moveth much, encouraged with great
Promises, and large Rewards.
The Popish Faction gave occasion to this College.
Whereunto albeit private Men, piously affected, have from Time to Time opposed
themselves; yet because they wanted Encouragement to undertake so great a
Counsel of their Ancients to direct them, Books and Libraries to instruct them,
of proceeding to keep them in Compass, and Rewards to maintain them; those
that are due for Ecclesiastical Cures; It was further advised, That to make a
Defence for the Truth of Religion, and Honour of the State, and a strong and
Opposition against the continued Lies, Slanders, Errors, Heresies, Sects,
and Blasphemies of our Adversaries; it was necessary to unite our Forces, and to
appoint special Men, that without other Distraction might attend the Cause of
and the State, being furnished with Directions, Instructions, Counsel, Books,
competent Maintenance, and other Necessaries.
This then was the Reason why this College, by his Majesty and the State, was
designed, and a Corporation granted with large Privileges; viz. That a select
Divines, and others, should be gathered together into one Body, and united with
Form of Laws, and there maintained. Who being furnished with Books, and
by Men of Experience and Action, might always be ready to maintain our Christian
Faith; to answer the Adversaries Calumniations, as well against Religion, as the
to defend the Majesty of Kings and Princes, against the Usurpation of Popes; the
Liberty of Christians, against the Yoke of Superstition: To supply the Defect of
Teaching, where Appropriations have devoured the Ministry; by Teaching and
Conference, to convince the obstinate Papist and Atheist, and by all lawful
maintain Truth, and discover Falshood.
This is the College commended by his Majesty, and intended by the State; and
be perfected, if it please all true Christians to further it with their Help and
according to some Proportion of their Means.
His Majesty's Letters, directed to my Lord of Canterbury, follow in these Words:
"Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor, We greet you well.
WHEREAS the Enemies of the Gospel have ever been forward to write, and
publish Books for confirming of erroneous Doctrine, and impugning the Truth; and
now of late seem more careful than before, to send daily
into our Realms such their Writings, whereby our Loving Subjects, tho' otherwise
disposed, might be seduced, unless some Remedy thereof should be provided: We,
the Advice of our Council, have lately granted a Corporation, and given our
for Erecting a College at Chelsea, for Learned Divines to be employed to write,
Occasion shall require, for Maintaining the Religion professed in our Kingdoms,
Confuting the Impugners thereof. Whereupon Dr. Sutcliffe, designed Provost of
said College, hath now humbly signified unto Us, That upon divers Promises of
and Assistance towards the Erecting and Endowing the said College, he hath at
Charge begun, and well proceeded in the Building; as doth sufficiently appear,
good Part thereof already set up in the Place appointed for the same. We
being willing to favour and further so Religious a Work, will and require you to
your Letters to the Bishops of your Province, signifying unto them in our Name,
our Pleasure is, they deal with the Clergy, and other of their Diocese, to give
Charitable Benevolence for the perfecting of this good Work, so well begun. And
the better Performance of our Desire, We have given Order to the said Provost,
Associates, to attend you and others, unto whom it may appertain, and to certify
from Time to Time of their Proceeding."
Thetford, the Fifth of May, 1616.
The King to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
To write to the Bishops, to promote this good Work.
These Letters my Lord Archbishop of Canterbury sendeth abroad to the Bishops of
Province, and secondeth them in these Terms:
"Your LORDSHIP's very Loving Brother,
"NOW because it is so Pious and Religious a Work, conducing both to God's
Glory, and the Saving of many a Soul within this Kingdom; I cannot but wish,
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 altho' these and the like Motions have
frequent in these latter Times, yet let not those whom God hath blessed with any
be weary of well doing; that it may not be said, that the idolatrous and
Papists be more forward to advance their Falshoods, than we are to maintain
Truth. Whatsoever is collected, I pray your Lordship may be carefully brought
me; partly that it pass not through any defrauding Hand, and partly that his
be acquainted what is done in this Behalf."
The Archbishop's Letter to the Bishops.
The like Letters are written to my Lord Chancellor, and my Lord Maior of London.
By these Letters it may appear, That this College is not an idle Project of any
Man, but a pious Work projected by the King and State: And that all that profess
Religion, and desire the Continuance and Advancement thereof, yea, all that
Majesty, and wish the Prosperity of the State, and desire the Increase of
Interest therein, and I hope shall receive Contentment and good Satisfaction by
A pious Work protected by the King and State.
Being then 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
Project to maintain the