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We call scarcely believe our eyes when WC finch that such crimes as the following wcrc amongst the contingencies of a Jesuit’s conscience. ’ consideration of the children of perfection-Christian perfection--the Companions of -but the sacred name must not be written : it must be forgotten in such a contemplationa 1 Dec. Gong. V. XL 3 Pope Sixtus V. ” “ Company of dcsus! ” he exclaimed, stroking his huge white beard, “What SOI? of men are these f&hors that we must not name them vvithout uncovering our heads ?

He king is made to answer objections not raised. by Dole, they roused an agitation by seditious declamations. The king was apprised of this and was requested to interfere, but without effect apparently. Cardinal D’Ossat w&5 informed of the fact. This ambassador had urged the recall of the Jesuits at the pop& request, in his letter of iMarch S,, 1598, to Villerop. It was nothing less than what Bacon calls a hail-storm of arguments-all political, of course-in favour of the expedient patronage of the Jesuits : but in 1603, the gear in question, he wrote as follows : LLAs to the declamations said to have taken place at the Jesuits’ college at Dole, I am very much astonished, and know not what to think of the matter.

2 Writing to Beaumont, ambassador in England in 1603, Henry says : “What has him&red me from treaeing the Jesuits with severity, is chiefly that they are a body and an order at prcseut powerful in Christendom, being compzed of many persons of intellect and Io:trning who have obtained great credit In persecuting and driving them to despair and power amongst the Catholics. of preservation in my kingdom, I should Lve directly leagued against myseIf many superstitious diacontcnted minds, a great number of Catholics, and have given them some pretext for rallyin g together, and for executing new projects 48 HISTORY OF THE JESUITS.

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