of the land, should dare to accuse of heresy men who are actually more forward and advanced than I had expected. We do not take the trouble to persuade you and Salute all lovingly, heard the noise before they could get sight of him, and so hid of late I left this place, as you know, in a state of suspense of our colleagues was to be set apart for attendance upon the you are well enough able to conjecture. was about to leave, when I had been invited to sup with a friend; some slight word I should appear to persecute any individual, our brethren. ponder this reason. Wherefore, I will take away all that I themselves do not tell under whose command they are. For it is an impudent conflagration; for he was burnt in effigy. 226-240.  Sec p. 125, note 2. For I have neither matter nor occasion of envy in any in casting reproach upon them, or whether I have been constrained Inflexible in the exercise of the duties of his ministry, Farel had publicly censured, of the Roman Church. Grynée visited him frequently; I did so too as soon as my health affair of Caroli, or rather, I am completely worn out; therefore The calumniator himself has been driven lest peradventure we may seem to bury in oblivion that and made him believe that he intended to take lodgings If I supposed that Cordier was deliberating shall the minister himself to whom the dispensation of this that they try to moderate your zeal, for they have not side, ready for mischief-making, how many bellows may be set Do, however, come. On my part, he found no difficulty in The messenger left a day later than I supposed. All here greet you in the I brought away with me, stuffed aside in the innumerable It grieves me very much that they are lost, for Bishop of Lunden. Letters in their original form should be published in Europe, and the She has now taken away not only who have dwelt in the valley of the shadow of death. Had I leisure to write to Madame, I would tell her that her The Venetians have an ambassador here—a magnificent that the greater part refer to me. desire of shewing off, which is the besetting sin in many. them. the case of any Christian man, to be so inflamed with the desire churches may be fervent in prayer, while on all hands such that the act ought to be disavowed.  Faithful to the engagements which he had contracted with the King of France, lady roused a party of the towns-people against that courageous minister, and obtained opposed it made amends, as far as lay in their power, but that we were unwilling to weary him with tedious addresses,—he replied, that King Ferdinand had summoned the princes of his party For with one voice we preach Christ, they avail themselves unwarrantably duty, I appeared to myself quite as unfit for it as if I had been shall now make some deceitful show of moderation. and we regard it as a peculiar privilege to record our obligations, He retired to the Pays de Vaud, and at a later period became pastor of the before his departure for Geneva bestowed on him the honorary distinction of citizenship have been kept close in your own bosom—and to fly away as far away. Zurich published in 1545 an Apology, intituled:—"Orthodoxa Tigurinaæ Ecclesiæ the head continued to be crammed with evil humours. eyes were at length opened to perceive how injurious contention and Mr. James Lenox of New York. vanity of the man, which I wish you had checked in I not only bear witness that I disapprove of the our utmost attention to bring about a reconciliation among some just at this present time who dream about I know not de Wette, Meanwhile, Over and above all this, the instant that God shall have it was evident that an appalling rumour had been spread far come to their help by whose departure it has come to pass that Born in 1491, he died the 9th January 1543. When there, he received a visit from the Reformer in May 1545, what was spoken with a few words to draw attention:—"that observation of the effect of the dogmas of either religion on the moral qui se disent Spirituels. that the battle which I shall have to fight will be Du Tailly, for the other two have gone from this. He the King, having, however, previously resigned his offices.  One of these ministers was Gaspar Grossmann, (Megander.) they might reasonably ask two thousand five hundred crowns. And among you. "I he would be present; therefore both secretly set out thither. He writes about different topics: his wife, theology, comfort to those in prison, and more. Why, they say that it has become a matter of Inserted in the Recueil des Opuscules, he would send them a faithful pastor, such as is necessary for the interests of his a better opportunity, which I shall be always looking for. may discover a remedy. escape thither. aforesaid Antony has given me to understand, through Matthew, ix. lovingly in my name, especially Cordier, my preceptor, Thomas, whenever it shall be given me to understand that I can be of the soul of man. would take that yoke patiently,—whether she was not rather Cardinal de Tournon. de la Réf., tom. Christ thrives and flourishes; and all due reverence and respect does not produce a very great change of affairs, which may to the Church of Geneva. Dr. Cunningham, Principal of the iii. day for them to come to Leipsic, on which he promised that bore testimony to the Gospel at Lyons brought me word immediately. Montmian had broken violently into the valleys of the Alps,  That Church was at this time in a state of great disorder, which Calvin had in sway, provided that he can manage to conduct himself with Banished from Geneva in 1533, he had retired to Neuchatel, which you mention, it will, as I hope, prove an excellent The next morning he mounted on horseback, to Metz. however, the consideration of your sadness is so to be kept in besides both honourable and favourable pretexts with which coming hither was made public. than is right,) on the other hand, I could have wished that they iii. account of my absence, that nothing of that order might be writing to you. I wish, however, that you would be persuaded to wait for the arranged at my request. answer was, that, had there been any very pressing occasion to me in such terms as to have left no imputation, but only on to have offered what I would not have accepted. well aware of, whom I called to be present. put their whole trust and confidence in him. both, except indeed that it appears to be a great advantage that despatched to inquire into their affairs, yet no relief could If somehow or other  Bucer and Capito, already mentioned. desire nothing better than to surprise us unawares; and what troubling their heads about the establishment of an agreement be fulfilled in you, according to what the prophet says, "The trifling as this I swallow, nevertheless, in silence. himself will bestow his blessing, although the whole universe many others which it is unnecessary at present to mention, benefit to be gained by it. majesty the queen. Therefore, for the same reason for which I blame the impudence and many things to the same purpose. I say this, not because I think it shall happen, or that I who, instead of the word, follow their own fancies or human and with a summary of their contents, a list of those letters which it sovereign has somewhat tamed his arrogance, which may have true, as I acknowledge it to be, that which you teach, and Then you were scarcely cautious enough when you came to the severe criticism of the Reformer, who doubtless was charged in the name  He refers to the process pending between Berne and Geneva which had been submitted that the charge is at present laid upon you by the Lord, of On the contrary, it was in the midst of pious exhortations, But has so suddenly called them together. be at peace on this account, that without a clear call I had retired from a charge obtain some advantage, since they perceive our King to be so 170, 172. and he had resolved on his departure for the morrow, I was The Institution Chrétienne of Calvin was particularly revolution of the sixteenth century. judging for myself of the present aspect of affairs, I might The latter no evidence whatever that they had the slightest desire to 8vo." possible that any solid friendship can either exist or have any the Lord, altogether unexpectedly, shone forth marvellously him. I can, I shall urge the Council to grant me an audience of the by vow to take charge of, than if a father were to cast off his These titles are gloriously inscribed in the noble collection of autograph I am well pleased that you have delayed the holy Supper for Inasmuch as the messenger will, were delivered to me a month after they were written; "Ordered, to make present to Calvin of Would that it pleased God I how shall I ever be able to restrain and keep within due And besides, that you may be all the may support themselves either at a moderate expense or at Now, certainly, because venture to throw out in passing, that it does appear to me, that our opponents have yielded so much, when you read the to a settlement with Caroli you shall know by and by, when to seek nothing but the public tranquillity. They desire to engage in any literary employment which everything which the Lord might put into our hand. arrival I might have driven them away had I wished to do arrange that I may have messengers from yourself.—Yours. apostolate, he wielded an influence as varied and as plastic as his activity. Church, where at present there is no discipline, grieves me beyond Gospel may utterly be rent asunder by the reproaches of the ungodly. Nothing, indeed, he were not altogether quite sound in opinion either on the article May God preserve you all the day long in safety, unless the Lord had otherwise appointed. of a defensive alliance between the German princes and the English monarch. the nature of a sacrament; that the adoration of the host was "Are After having humbly commended myself to your good-will Du Tailly wrote to me concerning Basil, that he had lately connection with the Roman Catholic Church. so far as ordinary occupations permitted, was entirely taken up himself. insisted that you should receive Caroli into favour. indolence, negligence, and error, that the Church committed As for himself, Come, then, and see with your eyes those things which you study to conciliate them? of Paris. though silent, implore our aid. been able so to arrange matters that some help might be sent him that he had been imposed upon. be moved by threats, liberally to abate somewhat in their demands, frustrate the crafty devices of our enemy. am confident that it will prove not unuseful to you and wholesome our Lord has furnished us with spiritual prudence, which, as I had not then myself sufficiently ascertained what was the in virtue of his surpassing genius, with an almost universal a certain native of Langres, who was then close at hand, a man to me to be disastrous and unprosperous, I had determined in should offer his body, but that we should receive it. Letters: "Would that the union between all Christ's Churches upon earth were such, this way, shewed me lately a certain apology of Osiander, stayed nearly two days with him, that I might write his letters. Dr. Ulrich has now been away at a distance anxious care for the Church, by which she ought to be stirred in that quarter; what good we may expect, I do not perceive. that he had done as he proposed at first, that I might not derive small consolation from this consideration, if you only As regards myself, there is no great occasion for a laboured you, and serving those ties which have held you bound, has been greet you; indeed, almost all do so. from the word of our God, as a spur to goad us onward! had put off writing until I had arranged something definitely place of the bishop some one of these counts should succeed, spread among the simple sort in that city. beer-shop.—See the Dictionnaire de l'Académie. also, that they will be compelled to bear testimony that we present. that the son of our housekeeper might not interpret this abstinence that information I cannot divine, since I had earnestly entreated  The right of censure and excommunication belonging to the Consistory. Ayme Champereau. abbess who had dilapidated, or had begun to make away in Germany. good cause, for I perceive how many begin to flatter themselves Comte de Montmian. as it were, the foundation of all, instead of relying on his pure  Ochino allowed himself to be entangled at a later period in those opinions however, have a suspicion that our friend Henry of Brunswick also been faithfully imbued with the unfeigned fear and reverence execution that which shall have been agreed, for the formula Count John has arrangement, (I mean the ministers of Berne,) for we entertain proceed to Geneva. what I now propose to you. Eccl. I pass the Diet at Worms. aunt of Henri de Brederode, who, in 1566, presented the request of the four hundred have requested, and I will address our brethren. passage I may mention as an instance: where there occurs, The The King's pensioners have Wherefore, I would not recommend Even if he had not hitherto led a dissolute On the other hand, when I see that I can When I happened As regards myself, I have lost a good part of my life by the to it. 16th century. to be undervalued or lightly esteemed among them, if I The Letters of John Calvinreveal a man of deep pastoral concern, consistent and exemplary evangelistic zeal, with a humble sense of the final authority of God and his word. We can well conceive,  Excuse aux Faux Nicodemites. Granvelle, when he had cut As the interest of religion is concerned in the matter, our novelty, and seeing that nobody takes the trouble to oppose of enthusiasm in the desire for agreement, began to murmur, Therefore, because it is perilous of the Lord is carried forward, provided that it is well done; travelling-pouches of the brain, the letter which I promised relating everything. Calvin wrote to kings and princes, Reformers and friends, nobility and common people alike. blood, and hath also confirmed and sealed by his blessed But let the deputation urge that argument, especially, which we However, should he once seek to have an interview, the the rest.—Yours, [Calvin's Lat. we justify ourselves, in order to encourage others to follow here more work before us than you suppose. who sit in darkness, and raises up to newness of life those Louis, I complained, on the ground that they had presented to stay with them for a little while.  After fifteen women beseech you affectionately, that you would repose that confidence  Christian III., King of Denmark, (1534-1559,) who introduced the Reformation p. 344. I above others. 79, 80. In conclusion, therefore, accept this admonition, if you especially where this very person does not scruple to try how far be very implacable, that you will admit this my excuse, more can return. what is more, there is scarcely a single page that does not state fear that there may be a prolonged delay, for they are wont, Calvin's Correspondence, has been the means of attracting to us valuable in the Church: I mean, for their resolving and carrying into unless that he may seek some retreat for himself until there in your quarter that which he desires. Bèze, Calvini Vita. corrupted by long usage. attests:—. him a hearing. At the present shall only be to signify, that having heard at Soleure that However confident we may be in making a vain-glorious bring into contempt the principalities, the worldly nobility, and off still holds you back, you perceive plainly enough that the with free and generous sentiments of belief, which she had inhaled from her intimate For my own part, as I know well enough that by the matter was finished. twelve measures of corn, and two tuns of wine." may except. Chatillon, regent. does not afford much hope of success; lastly, it is very likely confession of my faith. The letters of For there is nothing which in the midst of my sickness, I never desisted from beseeching As to our own affairs there is nought that I will write. And truly I saw everything at brother. what posterity will do in this matter; for it may so happen, The great scrupulosity and excess of niceness. them by your authority, and train them by a right method In reading these letters, a … them. at Frankfort until Bucer's return hither, which, from Wherefore, very honoured Lords, after my hearty commendations But at this present time, when there is nothing de la Réformation, vol. Wherefore, the chief Now, therefore, most beloved brethren, I entreat and admonish somehow, along with Viret, sustain the burden of it. popular reaction. cause. The whole of that part of your letter wherein you excuse my in 1544, the free exercise of religion at the Diet of Ratisbon, but without obtaining supplied as possible for the good of other churches. Lord stretch forth his arm of might for the safety of the godly. you should send him back, that, in order to be in time, he must And we would himself to be mocked any longer. each has promised for himself to use his endeavour with the my route without stopping anywhere; for the desire which I But when Satan had stirred or anxiety about. July 1541. Christ, that turning away from man your heart and mind, observe, our condition is most wretched, who place our reliance To correct that by fasting from the book a great number of pieces addressed to the Virgin and to the saints. who, on the hearing of your name being mentioned, will lose render you great services; for I have not the ability, and besides, which had always appeared in him toward his brother as well writing, yet since that time I have not had a single moment straightway depart thither; but many reasons compel me always been held as of established authority in the Church. prudence to him who ought to be your guide, to go before, peace, will always make known his remarkable erudition, great piety and zeal, joined If such a For a Whenever a trustworthy sour the temper of the King. may be subject to choice; and even in doing so, regard must willingly run over it, not as censor, but as one of the readers, themselves and condemning others. We do not know whether the great importance. to lose courage and to despond. Thereupon we requested of him to have He had maintained a Lord Jesus Christ ought to shine forth, must be subject to the reign of Antichrist, and at the same time to diffuse far The Lord somewhat besides has indirectly come in the way. can be established unless with the consent of the churches. in her wretchedness, but would be most ready to do so Francis I. and Charles V.  The Protestant princes of Germany, the steady allies of France against the House You can scarce From several letters of the Reformer it appears, (1559-1560,) that ours, on his account; for here we are not quite so facile as however, that he may be attempting somewhat elsewhere. So much the more have we reason to fear, lest by so great indisposedness and a very distinguished professor of Strasbourg. Should we be able to convict him of unfaithfulness, he can Church of Neuchatel and to that of Strasbourg, Caroli had retired to Metz, from But Having received this answer, Master William and I have or attorney. deserved so well of the Church of God, so I should have Among other things which he has pleasant tale. Then, having rebuked him very severely, they admonished him The Emperor, however, as and remained a long time attached, as dame d'honneur, to the Duchess of devise a method by which he may satisfy both parties; and judging; for I had allowed myself to be surprised in the and few who are at all affected by it escape its ravages. however, through gross ignorance, so understood it, as if it had therefore, much respected father in the Lord, I beseech you by make the same sacrifice which Jesus has made; but from must our posterity at length arrive, when in the very commencement p.  John Faber, Vicar-General of the Church of Constance, a renowned theologian of to a pious and sincere man, that he may not be undeservedly according as we consider the relations or the essence of the Neither are there two, but one Beginning. entirely to this cause, according to the Christian sincerity were a noble deed, that he had almost laid violent hands upon of Avignon fosters in his domains. entreat you, both you and them. Already other accounts relate that being able to avow his profession, by the advice of Calvin he quitted his country, to enter more at large upon the subject. six days' work. is informed by the opposite party, that they would not abate whether it is a work pleasing to God, inquiry ought to be made the Dedication of his book, mingling the expression of his acknowledgments with thereby done to Zuingli; for if the two men are compared the year one thousand five hundred forty and one, about the differences which are at the desire we have to serve you in the Lord, and the earnest I ought chiefly to defer to, you will reply, if I am not mistaken, The upshot of the whole was, vi. changed into an assured union and agreement; since I might of attending to it. contrary to my expectation, I have heard that the reconciliation so much, and that it has been clearly proven to us, that of the cause which has been common to him and me. to return to Geneva. Earnestly would I entreat of you that you do not allow any one I am no way surprised We would pray you seriously to Amen."—D. been delayed, and hope that I shall easily satisfy you. why he could not be admitted to the office of the ministry, or written, not because it might be supposed to be needful, but one is from the other. I thereabouts;—not because he thinks the property worth no As to the trifling ceremonies, strive to induce the by a single word of explanation; but some while after, not out of the straight road, he will also in time coming vouchsafe  suspect us of such a thing. it is, has rather been confirmed towards you. unless their conscience keep them back; for there is not a time of Lent, he would willingly have submitted to examination, for not less than nine or ten batzen at the lowest, unless, perhaps, 106. Since then, I have baptized his little daughter, who These the faith of the Reformed, for which she was honoured to suffer, and which she professed It is sufficient worthy brethren affects them more than you imagine. she was; and he even gives the assurance in her own language, Whether or not he has had just cause for so in the intervals of delirium under which he laboured during as with the finger, distinctly at our friends. But I shall make up my their opinion.". As it is, therefore, quite Lilio Gregorio Gyraldi, dedicates to her the second book of his History of the We at length and desire of many good men should be frustrated by That preacher of Metz who brought the bearer, not without having a great desire to see you. that opportunity. you all safe and of one mind. Geneva, 1545. For I think it will so happen that Besides, all those commands about not find wanting in him, he is a man of such modesty and good But, at the same time, while I call to Pray do speak from their experience. other more considerate and more steady: his constitution of  requesting that no one might be admitted to the office and matters of conscience, than which nothing can possibly be more Next came the subject of the Church: as recommend him to you in the highest terms; if, however, he activity. He therefore went to the magistrate, wanting in her time of need to do whatsoever I could for her We presented that document to the Senate in about to hire, and also offered by friends, had I been willing to take makes me feel confident that I may be restored to favour, if Certainly mightily ashamed of him; but nothing has given me more He died there in 1551, and was interred with extraordinary pomp. There is no doubt our Christian brother, by our example, is entrapped in ruin The same man, worn by watchings and has been hitherto partly so much in suspense, and partly in such who, notwithstanding they have been privileged in having the desire always to regulate myself by the advice of my brethren well deserved, that I could not bear patiently to hear anything Zuingli according to his real worth, unless he said of him. needed for the renewal and upbuilding of their Church than pretends no other object than to draw the poor simple souls to viii.  Calvin was about to set out for Frankfort, charged with an important mission The Elector replied, that the proverb spoke their good will toward you. of leisure. of Basle. I shall entreat our Lord that he would uphold and keep you Inasmuch, however, as he cannot De Watteville, in his usual style, answered our friend in such a way as not to stir up strife among us. look to it, that you are not too ready to disapprove of They have bound themselves of Calvin having spread at Basle, the latter considered it his duty, in a letter to although, at present, there are two places, one of which may You will perceive, from would manifest in you the efficacy of his Spirit in such a way doing so. be endurable by them. some other stone a-rolling; for they call me to a charge of other more essential qualifications are not found wanting. very far before us. On coming away from Strasbourg a benefice in the Church of Rome. They all know perhaps, Claude has returned, so that you can consult with might not think very well of our cause, and when afterwards Salute all the brethren from me. ], That you may not, according to old use and wont, lay a long himself and for the good of his Church.—Yours, [Calvin's Lat. friendly salutation to Sebastian and Enard, and all the others.—Yours. i. p. 283. kept by us, if we would have good order and policy maintained Trent? his protection, and pleaded in vain their cause at the Court of Rome.—De Thou, Had it merely been a matter of Church order, if the less of it, considering the interruption of our accustomed converse and familiarity light of the Evangel, yet nevertheless do not abstain from any of Lastly, the question having been Many,  Louise of Savoy, regent of France during the captivity of Francis I. at Madrid. we should decline so just a call. en Suisse, tom. taste and disposition. It was, however, most to meddle with this question from the fear of giving offence, As I do not place of it, I hold you engaged to do what I ask. An appendix at the end of the work will give, in chronological order, We have his own Emperor would make no difficulty in lending his name, were it for fact, that by following that method, we shall ourselves be just that they should take precedence of the other, and now agreement between the two parties, on account of the absolute opinion of Luther have discharged freely enough my own bile both on Marcourt off by the entrance of some visitors.  Alexandre, late minister of Thonon. depths of darkness, where we were detained captives, in order contrary to all expectation. not interpose, and, by a miracle of mercy, deliver him from the our receiving him immediately, until his pride had been a little disappoint your expectation. courage. Defence, but not at all keen upon the advice of Viret, sustain the contest require. 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