maxims of the government at this period, that the deteftable and inhuman Bonner himfelf could venture to appear in public, and even at court, with perfeEt fecurity. The Queen, indeed, it is remarked, averted her eyes, no doubt with hor- ror, from that man of blood; but no other mark of difgrace or refentment followed. Bilhop Bur- net informs us, that Cecil and the other coun- fellors ofElizabeth, were unanimoully ofopinion, that no fieps ihould be taken by the Queens

highnefs to reliore the Proteflant religion, till a,

Parliament could be fummoned.” And we ac- cordingly find, that nothing of confequence was done in that important bufinefs without the fanc- tion of legiilative authority. In the enfuing Parliaments the affair ofthe fllCC€ilIOl1, which had been {lightly touched on by thepreceding one, was refumed with great warmth, and the Queen was reduced to a very difagreeable dilemma. The right of blood clearly relied in the Houfe of Stuart; but the will of Henry VIII. the validity ofwhich, though founded on an act of Parliament, was neverthelefs the fubjeft of much difpute, was exprefs in favor of the Houfe of Suffolk. An authoritative and ultimate decifion in favor of either, mufi be attended with obvious inconveni-

ences to the reigning fovereign. To prevent the Commons from urging the matter farther, {he was obliged, contrary pro- C 4 bably