|Epistle Dedicatory to the Bishop of London. ||xij
He wrote an Epistle also to the Bishop of London, in the Edition Anno 1618.
was as follows.
To the Honorable and Right Reverend Father in God, JOHN
KING, by God's most
gracious Permission Lord Bishop of London.
A. M. Sendeth his humble and hearty Duty.
THIS Book, Honorable, Learned and most Judicious
Father, reporting the Original, Antiquity, and continued Succession of this
City, both in the elder and more modern Condition; as also what Form of
supported the same; not only by Authority of the Civil and Temporal Magistrate,
also in the first Receit of the Christian Faith, and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
held in the
Church: Methought, both these Occasions, being duly considered with my self,
challenged a double Duty at my Hand by way of Dedication. For being a freeborn
of this Honorable City, even as Master STOWE, the first Collector of these
Labours together, was; and guided by the same Line or Level of common Duty, as
very carefully before observed; the Body Politique, I mean, the Right Honorable
Maior, and the worthy Assistant Senators, his Brethren, deserved to claim no
Interest therein; in being by them thereto directed and commanded, and having
their Servant Six and Twenty Years, in sundry Employments for the City's
In the second Place, tho' rightly deserving to be First, (by reason that God's
ought to be preferred before the World's) discoursing as I have formerly said,
first embracing of Christian Religion, both in this Land and City; and
how it failed or flourished from Time to Time, under the antient Regiment of
Archbishops of London, as appeareth in the following Record: and so proceeding
Melitus and Justus, who were the first Bishops thereof, each after other, at
as the Church of St. Paul, from being the profane Temple of Apollo, (and so
was first founded to be a Cathedral Church in this City of London; and in the
Ethelbert, King of Kent; therein you may be hereafter better informed: All which
Catalogue of those Reverend Fathers and Bishops, how long each Man sat, or
happened to be thence removed, either by Death, or to a higher Degree, is justly
down in the same Register; and humbly given to your great and grave
That if I have therein any Ways failed, by your Advice the same may be reformed.
if any Thing also be mistaken, it may be the more directly ordered; You being
Judge in this Case, to whom I should, in a Matter so important, appeal.
The Times of Pagan Tyranny and Persecution, being duely considered.
Lastly, Concerning a certain Instruction received from your Lordship by a
of much Learning and Respects, for the Times of new building, enlarging and
of many Churches in this City; as also the Houses of dwelling of the learned
them belonging: wherein hath appeared no lack of Love and Bounty of the
in those Parishes; and some of them particular Men, in very godly and liberal
most humble intreat your Honour at this Time therein to pardon and excuse me,
larger Volume may Answer both yours, and all others Expectations in that kind,
many other Matters of great Consequence, not willingly, but constrainedly
As for such Errors, as have escaped in the Impression, many of them, through the
of not being well acquainted with my crabbed Writing, more by mistaking, but
dare presume) by any Willingness in the Printer, to commit in the very least
know that you, Reverend Father, and the Learned, will lovingly correct; the
easily slip over; and the most malicious, (even in their severest Spleen) think
me not so
ignorant, as to write, or the Printer so negligent, wilfully to let pass, albeit
must now stand subject to every Censure.
Your Lordships in all Duty