Page:A New Survey of the West Indies or The English American his Travel by Sea and Land.djvu/25

This page needs to be proofread.
Chap. II.
9
of the West-Indies.

his Fortunes, so might they one by one, and so at length the Riches of Venice might become a Treasure only for Jesuites to maintain the Pride and Pomp of their Glorious Fabricks. And though those Vowed Servants to the Pope obtained his Excommunication against the whole Estate of Venice upon non-complying with the aforesaid Will and Testament yet such was the Preaching of all other Priests and Orders against them, that they caused the State to flight the Excommunication, and in lieu of making them Heirs of the deceased Senator's Estate, they shamefully Banished them out of Venice. Thus also have the Priests and Fryers of Biscaya in Spain prevailed against the admitting of Jesuites into San-Sebaftian though by the favour of some they have in several occasions obtained an house and ere&ed a Bell to Ring and summon in the people to their pretended Church and College. Nay the very house wherein their Patron Ignatius Lohla lived, have they often seriously offered to buy for a College; yet such hath been the opposition of the Priests and Fryers of that Country, that they have dashed to nought their often iterated endeavours to purchase that which they esteem their chiefest Relick. But to come nearer to our own Country, what a combustion did this strife between Jesuites and other Priests of England cause among our Papists ten years ago, when the Pope sending into England Doctor Smith pretended Bishop of Chalcedon to be the Metropolitan head over all the Clergy and other Orders, how then was it to see the pride of the Jesuits as inconsistent with any one that might oversway them, or gain more credit then themselves? who never left persecuting the Bishop, till by the Popes Letters they had Banished him out of England. Which curtesie, the Secular Priests gaining yet a head over them with Title of Archdeacon, Doctor Champney, have ever since sought to repay home, by endeavouring always to cast them out of England, as pernicious to the State of this Kingdom, more then Fryers or any other sort of Priests j Which they have sufficiently made known by discovering their Covetousness in encroaching upon many Routes and Farms, enriching themselves, as

namely