Excerpt from An Ecclesiastical History of Great Britain, Vol. 7 of 9: Chiefly of England, From the First Planting of Christianity, to the End of the Reign of King Charles the Second; With a Brief Account of the Affairs of Religion in Ireland At this time the Dutch had a numerous congregation at Norwich many of these people inclining to Anabaptism, were the more disposed to entertain any new resembling opinions. Brown made his first essay upon three Dutchmen, and being of a positive imperious temper, took care to pick out the most exible and resigning. And after having made some progress amongst them, and raised himself a character for zeal and sanctity, he began to tamper farther, and advance to the English; and here he took in the assistance of one Richard Harrison, a country school - master. Being thus reinforced and ushed with success, he played his project at length, formed Churches out of both nations, but mostly of the English and now he instructed his audience, that the Church of England was no true Church; that there was little of Christ's institu tion in the public ministrations, and that all good Christians were obliged to separate from those impure assemblies; that their next step was to join him and his disciples; that here was nothing but what was pure and unexceptionable, evidently inspired by the Spirit of God, and refined from all alloy and profanation 1. These discourses prevailed on the audience, and precept was brought up to practice and now his disciples, called Brownists, formed a new society, and made a total defection from the Church. For the men of this thorough reformation refused to join any congregation in any public office of worship. This was the first gathering of Churches, the first schism in form, which appeared in England. To justify these Opposite congre gations, Brown scattered his books in most parts of the king dom; but the government was far from conniving at these liberties; for Elias Thacker and John Copping were indicted this summer upon the statute of 23 Eliz. Cap. 2, for dispersing these pamphlets, brought in guilty of felony, and executed at Bury St. Edmunds The crime they were charged with was stirring up sedition, and defaming the Common Prayer. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."