A Way of reconciliation

of a good and
learned man,
Touching the
Trueth, Nature, and Substance
of the Body and Blood of Christ
in the Sacrament.

Translated out of Latin into English by the
Right Honourable Lady Elizabeth Russell, Dowager
to the Right Honourable the Lord John
, Baron, and sonne and heire to
Francis Earle of Bedford.

At London
Printed by R.B.
Anno 1605.


The Author to the Reader.

To seeke the attonement of men is to be commended, and it hath a sure promise of God: Blessed bee the peace-makers. But I feare me, lest in greedily following the same, it happen to me which chanceth to them that part fraies, while they seeke others safetie, they beare the blowes themselves. And I, while I study to make enemies friends, perhaps shall have small thankes of them. Which if it happen, the example of him shal comfort me, which said: If I should please men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Farewell, and indeavour thy selfe to please Christ.


To the right Honourable my most entierly beloved and onely daughter, the Lady Anne Herbert, wife to the Lord Henry Herbert, sonne and heire apparant to Edward the most noble Earle of Worcester.

Most vertuous and woorthilie beloved daughter, Even as from your first birth and cradle I ever was most careful, abo ve any worldly thing, to have you sucke the perfect milke of sincere Religion: So willing to ende as I beganne, I have left to you, as my last Legacie, this Booke. A most precious Jewell to the comfort of your Soule, being the woorke of a most good, A2 learned, A2v learned, and worthy man; Made above fiftie yeeres since in Germanie, After by traveile a French creature, Now naturalized by mee into English like to his learned Author, to whom from my part most Honour and service is due. Surely at the first I meant not to have set it abroad in Print, but my selfe onely to have some certaintie to leane unto, in a matter so full of controversie, and to yeeld a reason of my opinion. But since by my lending the Copie of mine owne hand to a friend, I am bereft thereof by some; And fearing lest after my death it should be Printed according to the humors of other, and wrong of the dead, who in his life approved my Translation with his owne allowance: Therefore dreading, I say, wrong to him above any other respect, I have by Anticipation prevented the worst. I meant this to you, good daughter, for a New-yeeres gift, but altered by griefe for your Brothers broken arme. Farewell my good A3r good sweet Nanne. God blesse thee with the continuance of the comfort of his holy Spirit, that it may ever worke in you, and persevere with you to the ende, and in the ende.

In Annam Filiam.

Ut veniens Annus tibi plurima commodet Anna, Voce pia Mater, supplice mente precor, Ut valeas, paritérque tuo cum Coniuge, Proles, Officijs iunctis, vita serena fluat.

Elizabetha Russella, Dowager.

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A certaine Man wisheth to all Christians the health and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The question of the Supper of Jesus Christ, and Sacrament of Thankesgiving, hath brought foorth to us, above other things, a cruel and pernitious contention. For the other Authors of sects, Anabaptists, and Suencfeldians, be neither learned nor of our family. But this is a civill and domesticall evill, a bloody and deadly wound hidden in our bowels. Surely it is a lamentable and horrible matter, that the thing which was first instituted for the confirmation of mens minds in love, and concord, and fellowship of the body of Christ, which is the Church, is now wrested to variance, and confusion. And if there have bene any good in this broile, it hath bene in the silence and sorrow of good and learned men: of whom aswell the misliking sheweth that there is somewhat in both parts that might be amended, and prayer and earnest desire may percase somewhat obtaine at Gods hand, that contention taken away, the agreement of minds may againe joyne in one. But this booke which is made touchingching A4r ching this question, whose soever it bee, sure it seemeth to be the worke of a good, learned and modest man, and one that hath bene long, much, and well exercised in the Monuments of our Fathers and Elders. Neither doeth it move mee, that he would not be named; for because there is no bitter word in this disputation, and he doth reason of the matter learnedly, well, and truely, neither doth seeme willing to crave thankes at mens hands, nor to have taken this Treatie in hand, either for desire of praise or greedines of Honour, but to be mooved thereunto by the common sorrow and hurt, to make an entry to that thing, the which many men greatly desiring the peace of Christs Church, have wished with earnest and continuall prayers: namely, the remembrance of the Christian peace, and the forgetting of devilish debate.

Bucer, whom I with honour speake of and for remembrance sake, had found and made a way to this concord, and there was great agreement of minds betweene him and Luther: and hee pacified the Churches of the Helvetians, and while hee lived there was peace and quietnesse: but when they were both dead, beholde againe bitter bookes on both sides. And surely they be to be pardoned which write unwillingly: but those which without cause have renued this wound, (if there be any such) these surely seeme to me little to feare what men judge of them, or to esteeme the peace which Christ gave and left unto us. But I returne to this Booke, which pleaseth me best above other in this kinde of argument; not, that I will altogether allow it to the Congregation, but A4v but because it seemeth to come neerest to the taking away of this contention. For which cause he that cannot invent a better, if he be not content with this, and cannot defend his owne, let him take heed that hee doe not that for mans sake, which he ought to leave undone for Christes cause: namely, that he nourish not contention, which is the greatest enemie the Church can have. I see nothing concluded in this disputation, that either is repugnant from the nature of our Religion, or not honourably ynough spoken of this so great & singuler mysterie; both which things if both the parts had retained or followed, we should have had quietnesse long ere this. I blame neither part, I beare good will to both, I love both. And if that were done in writing that is done, and that of many, with good conscience in the leading of our life, and retaining and esteeming the friends on both sides, men should both have written and disputed of this question on both sides, with lesse offence and bitternesse. But now wee write in such sort, as though wee did defend the persons, and not the cause, and apply the trueth of the cause, not to the ordinance of Christ, but to the interpretation of men. Jesus Christ restore to us his peace, which he gave and left unto us when he departed hence, which we have lost by these our contentions: Jesus Christ, I say, whose Victory, Triumph, Honour, Praise, and Glory, be for ever and ever. Amen.

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