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394 Russel Lord William, his Speech and Execution 418 His Character


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282 Slingsby Sir Henry, his Speech and Execution 217 His Character

218 Soutre William, his Character

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with in the State Tryals being for Heresy (a Crime on which such Punishments were heretofore inflicted, that

' we still retain the Dread of them) I 081 shall briefly shew how the Law formerly stood in

relation to this Crime, and give a Precedent or -487,6 two of the Process which iflued against such Of

fenders after they were delivered over to the SeIcular Arm, in order to their Execution. 1920. By the ancient Common Law Borning was the

Punishment for Heresy, but the Party accused was first to be try'd and convicted thereof by the

Archbishop and the rest of the Clergy of his ProI vince allembled in Convocation. After Conviction to the Offender was delivered over into Lay-Hands,

and the Sheriff of the County, by Virtue of the Writ de Hæretico comburendo, was to cause him to be burnt. Brit. lib. 1. 6. 17. Bro. Abr. tit. Heresy. Fitz, Naibr. p. 667.

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The first Statute I find, in relation to Heresy, is the 5th of Ri. II. cap. 5. whereby it is enacted That the Sheriffs, and other Civil Officers fhould apprehend and imprison Persons suspected of Heresy, in order to their being try'd by the Laws of Holy Church: And it being found inconvenient to summon the Convocation for the Tryal of every Offender, a Statute was made the ad of Hen. IV. cap. 15. impowering every Diocesan to imprison Persons suspected of Herefy in their refpe&tive Dioceses, and try them (so that such Diocesan proceeded judicially and openly against such Persons.) And where any Person was convicted, he might be imprison'd at the Discretion of the Ordinary : Or, if the Party refus’d to abjure his Errors, or having abjured them, relaps'd, he was to be left to the Secular Arm; and the Sheriff (whom the Ordinary might call to be present at the Tryal) was to cause the Party to be burnt in some high (or open) Place. .

The Lord Chief Justice Brook (tit. Heresy) says, That, upon this Statute, it was resolv’d, That if a Person was convicted of Heresy in the Presence of the Sheriff, the Ordinary might commit him to the same Sheriff, and he was to cause him to be burnt without the Writ de Hæretico comburendo ; but if the Sheriff was absent, or if the Heretick was to be burnt in another County, in either of these cases, the Writ de Hæretico comburende must be first obtained, before the Sheriff could burn him. ...

I find Dr. Burnet, in his History of the Reformation, and after him Mr. Collier, in his Ecclefiastical History, wondring why the Writ de Haretico comburendo was issued for the burning of Sawtre, when by the last mention'd A& the Sheriff was empower'd to execute Persons convicted of Herefy without that Writ: But the Won


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der ceases, if we confider that the Sheriff could
not proceed to execute the Offender by his own
Authority, unless he was present at the Convic-
tion ; and thọ the Diocesan might call the She-
riff to attend the Tryal, yet he might too: con-
vict the Offender in his Absence. And further,
Sawtre was convi&ted by the Convocation; and
it may be difficult to give one Instance where the
Convocation callid the Sheriff to assist at the

Tryal of an Heretick; and if they had, such a
Convi&ion was not within the Letter of the Act:

Therefore, upon this Convi&ion, the Sheriff was under a Necessity of waiting for the Writ de Hæretico comburendo, before he could execute him..

By the ad of Hen. V. c. 7. all Civil Officers were to be sworn to assist the Ordinaries in extirpating Heresies; and one convict of Heresy was to forfeit his Goods, and Chattels, and Fee

simple Lands.
. By the 25th of Hen. VIII. cap. 14. the Act of
the 2d of Hen. IV. is in part repeal'd; and it is
thereby provided, That no Person shall be exe-
cuted as an Heretick, without the Writ de Hæretico
comburendo first obtain'd.

By the įst of Eliz, cap. 1. the abovefaid Sta-
tutes, as well as that other Statute of the ist and
2d of Phil. and Mar, cap. 6. against Hereticks, are
. And by the 29th of Car. II. cap. 9. the Writ de
Hæretico comburendo, with all Proceedings thereon,
and all capital Punishments in Pursuance of any Ec-
clesiastical Censures, are from thenceforth utterly
abolished.. "
- So that at this Day a Person convicted of He-
refy can only be excommunicated by the Eçcle-
fiaftical Courts, and come under such. Pains and
Disabilities as Persons standing excommunicated
for any other Offence are liable to. . ..



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