1678 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Zouche

Izaak Walton, Life of Robert Sanderson (1678; 1865) 337-38.



And being possessed of this mistaken hope, that the Parliament were not yet grown so merciless as not to allow manifest reason for their not submitting to the enjoined Oaths, the University [Oxford] appointed twenty delegates to meet, consider, and draw up a Manifesto to the Parliament, why they could not take those oaths but by violation of their consciences: and of these delegates Dr. Sheldon, — late Archbishop of Canterbury, — Dr. Hammond, — Dr. Sanderson, — Dr. Morley, — now Bishop of Winchester, — and that most honest and as judicious Civil Lawyer, Dr. Zouch, were a part; the rest I cannot now name: but the whole number of the delegates requested Dr. Zouch to draw up the Law part, and give it to Dr. Sanderson: and he was requested to methodise and add what referred to reason and conscience, and put it into form. He yielded to their desire and did so. And then, after they had been read in a full Convocation, and allowed of, they were printed in Latin, that the President's proceedings and the University's sufferings might be manifested to all nations: and the imposers of these oaths might repent, or answer them: but they were past the first; and for the latter, I might swear they neither can, nor ever will. And these Reasons were turned into English by Dr. Sanderson, that those of these three kingdoms might be the better judge of the loyal party's sufferings.