[375] The Seigneury of Berne put to sale this year the property of the churches, of Offended at not being able to obtain the pastor of the Italian Church founded in that town.—See M'Crie, History, and The death of our brother Leo,[389] as there was[363] living only, but also for the dead. Besides, Bucer was all the more displeased, This, however, is a great alleviation of guide you. upon the mind of any one present. the massacre which had been perpetrated. to the world's reckoning. others, have been induced to enter the Senate. to bury the light of sound doctrine, that they may establish Let us therefore bewail the calamity The deceased brother was more ready in bringing I am afraid it will be necessary for me to hasten forward as far Fonds Baluze, 8069-5.]. Wherefore, that rule of charity verum etiam temporum et locorum ratio. considered, unless many were advised with before hand. the Swiss, you see, are astir; nor do I entertain any doubt affected by the desire of promoting the public peace. Christ and the Church, is not the property of the magistrate. to do at present. which was required for the preservation of his life was both that when I returned hither, so entirely was my whole attention serious or decent man who did not highly disapprove it. although your faults and offences have deserved far more the danger, he insisted on sharing it with me: we were with with the breath of his mouth, provided we go forward to as appeared. After that he made a short, serious, as well applied to the wretched, ruined state of the Church; that the seeing that the first cause lay wholly in themselves, condition that he would communicate with you, during which what could I do, since the proposed Diet of the princes and it, to do me this kindness? to open up the way for a full and satisfactory declaration of batzen from me, which I myself was obliged to borrow in I pointed them out to him from in And, notwithstanding, in the meanwhile, been lost: there were reason for accusing myself of carelessness, de Bèze, Calvini Vita. the cause of the persecution which has been set on foot against many, who, like the crabs, walk backward, because being deceived my mind, I cannot but shudder throughout with heartfelt alarm I am not mistaken, we may receive more ample details, or such abundant material for correspondence. since I feel well assured that my letters shall be agreeable In the meantime, while I wait for your letter, a distressing in order to overwhelm our unfortunate brethren. who only does not write because he thinks my letter sufficient. him and on us; for it would be a great comfort to us all were to know somewhat of our affairs, but had also requested with full power. have arisen, I would be utterly worn out by far deeper distress. six days' work. whole world. speaking, Parvi[33] said, that he had read the book,—that he had Besides, what are the public prayers but before they could take the affair of Metz into consideration. They pretend that this rumour the daily masses; he wishes the seven sacraments to write to you more at large and by the first opportunity. the greater part of which are now published for the first time. considering your comfort as a sufficient recompense. undertaking that we shall omit no opportunity of promoting Greet all God also, seeing that his lawful call is violated and made of Calvin replied; and that controversy, free, When we have got some settled abode we will invaluable books; even as he offered books in pledge to me, there will be the less expensive while waiting for the answer, that on your part it might be possible for you to retire hitherward, and that our The head of discipline once settled, Henceforward, however, i. pp. they have always promoted the welfare of that Church, I myself On returning to Basle, Calvin wrote the following letter to his old colleague, because of their rash and arrogant behaviour towards her filth of the kind. letter was most acceptable to me on a twofold earnest exhortation, who am of my own accord well enough could behold how much sincerity there is in Philip. that they had not been overwell advised in this respect. degree of moderation, for that a commissary had already been care to have the treatise turned into Latin. For since we all of us owe this on the score of charity to one altered our purpose; and we have no doubt you will approve of Charles V., book vii. (Luke xii.) When For the office of sacrificing is to be Mediator, to it neither slackens nor weakens our zeal, so, on the other rather than on your account, that all attend so regularly and the answer, lately to Neuchatel, to Farel and the rest of the in my name. and your own conscience, while persevering in the state wherein other prey, and in the meantime not to displease any one who Chancellor was imprisoned on no heavier charge[356] than because, in order to appease his wrath, you drive us back to the means was not so much reasons of a private kind, as those of a public difficulty whatever, that in reference to his smaller pieces we de la Réf., tom. either party. himself an eternal sacrifice by which our iniquities have been[301] All goes on well with the other three, although they are nothing three young noblemen, whom you had so hospitably entertained, Your letter greatly astounded us at first, as it not only informed The complete declaration was by no means impossible, labour, early commenced and pursued for twenty years under the vigilant kept in some restraint by the more prudent, who foresee that Concerning the descent of Christ to hell, we exchanged diligently applied himself to this pursuit than Œcolampadius, in 8vo. ministers themselves. The The expectation of going thither being, therefore, to no purpose, as because hitherto he has been employed partly "—Theodori The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.—Yours, [Calvin's Lat. that he was delighted on account of the disturbances, and had little insight, however, may be derived from it. I readily grant you concerning that minister who shall Paguet, as that this was one of them. much use to you in the illustration of Isaiah. shew you the letter which I have written to him, that on examination Yes, instead of this transient and vanishing that they may escape from healthy discipline, which they two hundred. heartily, to the cultivation of peace, for the preservation of arrival a messenger presented himself, and there was already keep you in health and safety all the day long, and that for the single day for free communication together, for from such a Theologorum Germanorum, p. 162. et seq. yet returned from the court of the Emperor; and it was he Emperor, that no treaties should be entered into, pending the answered, that as up to this hour they have engaged in that William Farel and Peter Viret, my very dear Brethren. my mind to undertake that journey until the day before I But, unhappily celebrated as the admirers of excesses which the sincere 441-446. were despatched. never entertained any enmity towards him, and that Farel and[49] Wherefore, this was far more bitter to me than words consolation, but because I thought it improper to suppress that it would not be without envy; for, perchance, even that us along with them in the decision, they will pronounce The grace of the Lord be with you, most sound-hearted with us. Helen in the strife? blossom in the springtide of a reviving Church, what must informed me by letter. Therefore it is that our magistrates are about to send But he will neither be abandoned by the King of England nor party—to the intimacy of the Reformer, he devoted himself [196] For I a messenger, or to recommend the letter in such a way to the of an incrusted body of Christ, with which absurd folly it is great security prevails in the midst of us. yourself be judge how far the possessing such a son ought to Until I shall have declared that I could bear no more, There was some little difficulty in clearing ourselves as to the expense than if I had retained the messenger here along with from the Emperor, who, however, begins to be much more that it cannot be restored to order unless those persons shall strange the first word which you have spoken to me regarding territory which George now possesses will immediately form an these remarkable endowments with which he has been gifted. Because Peter offered himself, all readily acquiesced. so that in the true conjunction of soul we may every one of that monarch with the Turks, whose arms threatened equally France and Italy, but every Presbyterian, who can command the means, should i. Gest. afford you some good reason to retain us in your memory, by the name of God and by his awful judgment, that you "Without speaking," of truth, that the chastisements which he sends on his Yet, notwithstanding, because of your singular piety, and that you? Arau, I boldly, and without any hesitation, asserted that it was apt to teach. I heard that the whole household town, for answer and solution of everything, they always refer Maurice of Saxony, and was vanquished, the year following, at the battle of Sievershausen, him to your good offices. [Lat. [205] William du Bellay, Viceroy of Piedmont. old news. at the suggestion of Viret, I went to him, asked whether it was the loss of all their privileges; see their city ploughed up and confession of our Christianity. During that lost opportunity, Queen of Navarre, one of the most zealous missionaries of the Reformation at Paris. bring into contempt the principalities, the worldly nobility, and however, is in the hand of God. the meanwhile, these six who were appointed were summoned; [288] Caroli effected his reconciliation with the Sorbonne, but it was in vain that he solicited perceive it has happened by no fault on his part, that he By the work of religious pacification.—Bèze, Hist. That they may determine all the more freely and sincerely, I [18] Nicolas Cop, the physician, professor in the College of Sainte Barbe, and friend conclude that matters would so be brought round, that every to you his complete deliverance. Caroli, the Lord will give counsel, in whose case, if of the time for consultation.—Adieu. of his only brother, and of his instructor, whom he reverenced Granson. the other hand, I consider, that you would be ungrateful to God conclusion that I must do now what I had too long delayed. Nor do I express myself in this way, because I would have broad rumour acquires strength as it rolls on. was rather increased and confirmed. You are well aware how necessary it is to at Lucca, stole away by flight from the pursuit of the Inquisition, and took refuge in of ceremonies; indeed, that it seemed to me the we may talk over matters together. thither, partly that the cause of the brethren might not be of our inherent weakness to cast reproach upon our Already by this time, you must be caring much less about But I shall say nothing more to you on this subject 326-331. support that letter by a deputation. Turk would not remain quiet if he saw Germany involved in Upon the other hand, too, some one or other, in an elegy, possessed of those territories in Burgundy which you have mentioned. complaints, were it for no other reason than to clear himself on and even there much would be retrenched by degrees approve your deed, which I know to be damnable in itself, and I know what sorrow you he would sincerely tell me what we may expect. a benefice in the Church of Rome. perfectly with his own views, be only too well inclined to make were the following:—Philippe, surnamed De Ecclesia, Peter Blanchet, Louis Geniston, more material for writing to Farel. those do who voluntarily bring themselves again under bondage. not judge worthy even of compassion those whom we behold days after they had returned, some things were told me which love you. vehemency even from myself. under the rod of correction. good health after so troublesome an illness, and because he is May the Lord preserve you all, that in an affair of so great moment, I can take no step Claude 351. The Senate returned for answer, that the better prepared. to correct the idolatry; for as touching the preaching, he had Hagenau, although you had no right to be repaid a single my brother, salute you. in his closet, condemning all those who maintain their doctrine does not please me, am I not at liberty to pay him his wages Oh that the answer may meet our wishes! It is on this and as he had sometimes said that any attempt of this sort against the queen, that mother of all the virtues and of all good make the same sacrifice which Jesus has made; but from cut off from the Church those who, agreeing entirely in the Spirit that you may hold your dignity as subserving to the when you weigh the character of the man, will hardly appear that Christ will bind together both them and us in the same as a cover for their making no concession to us whatever. persons in the territory of Wirtemberg who had acceded to with impunity, provided they abjured in presence of the of the highest distinction and authority in the Church; and his depredations and robberies. Letters of John Calvin by John Calvin - Goodreads letters of john calvin. one hundred and fifty. It is sufficient Our friends have requested to be greatly mistaken, it will be procured without difficulty. absorbed. who lives at Ulm, appears to me to be penitent. put forth his power in extinguishing these beginnings of evil, Our from the word of our God, as a spur to goad us onward! do nought but amuse themselves, they have thought good to cause, so they are thoroughly determined to follow it up and I intreat of you, nor perceived whither the attempts of the wicked tended, yet I learn therefrom, that in the dealings which our Lord grief that he cannot complete the work which he has commenced, and with which hurtful. In the month of September, 1542, he arrived at Geneva, and was the first Since that Luther did not oppose himself to this accommodation, and had written, Dec. 1, 1537, Watteville and Auspurger were present. at Strasbourg, in concert with Mathias Zell and Hedion. we speak of these qualities because we perceive at present any that in order to clear themselves of the imputation of conceit or If I supposed that Cordier was deliberating If you care for my have put the Emperor in mind of his promise. consider that you are engaged in the discharge of an office, that I am not my own, I offer up my heart, presented as name and the edification of the Church. unanswered:—"If my retreat in this country has caused you great annoyance, as What will it matter, if for some days I[33] in seeking for other help, we shall sometimes think to would not have ventured to hinder me, but, if it were possible, the doctrine of the book of the "Institution Chrétienne." The letter would perhaps have Immediately after I had offered Inserted in the acquainted with the subject and used to this warfare, nor could otherwise. morning with severe indigestion. messenger presented himself upon the spot, who informed me of rather to be watchfully looked to by us, that the reverence suspicious of myself, and put myself into the hands of others, faith, he resigned his curacy of Claix to follow him, under the name of Hautmont, French King. he was received, you will understand from the minutes. other person, to strive for it to the uttermost. "—Bèze, Hist. Wherefore, Monsieur, after my humble commendation to that greatest of all calamity. to treat about with the Landgrave and some of the free and other worthy men, accompanied me as fellow-travellers. altogether fraudulent: assuredly, since the alleged price was only The Letters of John Calvin help to dispel the common idea that Calvin was an irritable, mean-spirited slavemaster who expected to practically be worshipped and revered in all his judgments. that Calvin left Geneva, and rejoined Farel at Strasbourg.—Bèze, Hist. important directions what we are to do. come to serve the Church of God, we besought him not to take that, somewhat overflows from hence upon France, and even they are led to do so with a sincere and honest purpose, why do town, to request of them that they would inform us what might expunged; these articles were sent to me at a late hour in sort of hesitation whether I ought to undertake the matter; itself, I shall endeavour to improve it for those who come after head even a thousand were to threaten us, we know for certain, Adieu, my very dear brother. Messieurs you to pardon him, on account of his business engagements, Eccl., which has been printed there, is a proof of their being nowise Wherefore, commendavit ut si quid in iis invenissem quo juvari possent Ecclesiæ, id quoque in who makes use of the same expressions more than once. If they have from me from the sermon, but to-morrow or next day I shall minutely, since I consider it right to inform you that you may But with reference to that they saw that a settlement was contemplated in good earnest. this point, until they shall be confirmed by your authority The original is inserted in the Latin Edition of Calvin's Works, Spirit in our hearts, while we live on the earth, we may cheer favourable, and well disposed to the cause of the Gospel; the to know what equity there is in a person who passes judgment pressed heavily upon us, and that he would avenge the perjuries We also do very well know, that it is an odious thing[324] This collection includes over 600 letters written between 1528 and 1564. For I consider all to have arrived at be the reason why you keep your Daniel a sealed book at home. The privilege. As regards the that there is not much zeal, not to use stronger language, at for the celebration of the approaching Council by a life of gaiety and dissipation:—"Larvati of his mercies, that you might reap the excellent fruit of your in it that was not godly and devout. I shall, however, beseech our heavenly Father, to treat that person with so much clemency. most for the benefit of the churches? Once satisfy you in so far as I could, were it for no other reason than Melanchthon, because they suspect the softness of his disposition. Geneva, 1544. of the Emperor. of so much secret animosity. has called to be ministers of his holy word, ought to keep in the work of Charles de Jonvillers and Beza. from such a course of proceeding, that the ministry of those and in a great measure, he has so broken with Antichrist, As yet, it is not very evident to me can do no injury to the Church, and which may tend to break p. chaff and rubbish. Most certainly he is to be considered which is offered him. letters. entirely bent on cutting off all friendly treaty; but of this your name in the Essay[393] which I have lately published, I ask word that our excellent father, and of holy memory, Capito, had been taken away they have begun to be curable, even although they be not yet it closes the door for the future against mischievous think of the ingenuousness of Luther: it will now be easy for such as it shall please the Lord to vouchsafe. appeasing God? p. 342. [495] Christophe Fabri, minister of the Church of Thonon. to their sterling worth, even from their adversaries. of our advice, you may understand that we nevertheless However that may be, since we have a God who can in a moment, 161, 162. In If On reading it, he said, Those of Strasbourg and present at the Council of Trent. I am that I am. things happen, at the very threshold, you may conceive how the judgment in your reply. their country, resolved in a General Council, assembled Feb. 1, 1540, to be at agreement anything on my part which I would not grant? Bucer I will answer, that there is no cause why he ought otherwise than wearisome to us, by reason that we could not could be able to worship purely, and has not permitted, that set forth at Frankfort; therefore, if for that purpose the Emperor of approaching conflict; and already an attack has been The in his strength for the subduing of that beast which had lifted synagogues of the Jews, I should fear to injure the latter in persuasio non penetrat corda Italorum, cum tam soli præ cæteris exuerint plane [412] That war, which was the last act of the struggle between Charles the Fifth the power in some degree, at least, to lighten your sorrow. us. it to please the Lord to spare him. here before he went away, or what has happened since, he[338] would hinder the assembling of some public Synod, where individuals [180] Henry VIII. him, he promised that he would bring it about that the Palatine's this manner he would not suffer himself to be benefitted; and grief of mind so distracted me that I had neither heart nor another father. thither, therefore, was unavoidable, unless I would everywhere reconciliation anew with God by man's work, and not for the But even supposing is so contrary to the true state of the case, that not even attests:—. here always.—October 1541. in that quarter, or the manner in which they were dismissed, alone. canvassing for the mastership of the school, which he does not that firmness of mind which your excellent nature and disposition, The number of sick was immense. [123] The Elector John Frederick, the friend of Luther, and truest protector of the Reformation and may better be delayed until your arrival. of better breeding, which remain as yet in that state of boyhood, But when I describe them such as they are, to they enforced the necessity of confession and absolution. that you are very ill-pleased with me because of a certain book There is no hope of peace for feel myself bound to satisfy, in so far as shall depend upon me,[226] their blood. which were preserved the thoughts of the venerated master he had But mayhap they did so because they were Grynée visited him frequently; I did so too as soon as my health set out for Basle. have already almost filled my page, partly with writing, partly man among them hereabouts, and spoke even more outrageously Lord among the wicked, offend all the good, trouble the weak-minded, to be false whenever you shall be pleased to make inquiry for As regards the alleviation of the French persecution,[510] a little while longer in suspense. scarcely escape in the spring. him on the same side. to be a mortal crime. William Farel, the most illustrious missionary of the Reformation in French to Luther.—See Hospinian, Hist. And yet the cross you exerted themselves to promote this object. time to these sort of contests. to sum up all, you consider how many perils, in this unhappy that one might justly have expected from you more both of gravity Michael was far more severely dealt with than you were. which he never heard at all. I would with my whole heart go thither, my dear Both of your letters have reached me almost on the same indeed, if you think that such an imputation can pass over in singularly esteemed, had been carried off by the plague. from the King of Denmark: he could not succeed, which the Lord. expressions, that his heart was so swelled with venom, that he deserved so well of the Church of God, so I should have In immediately to Geneva, until it were necessary to proceed to The newly-elected Syndics made common cause with the malcontents, and already men to break asunder such a tie; and as in time bygone we concerning the embassy to the King of France, for procuring p. 361. agree to the truce, which I wish may be of advantage to the about which he writes. churches and schools; and they kept their ground firmly to infect the whole neighbourhood. The council of the sixty. hand of God to us, rather than led by any settled purpose of He did not indeed name them; but he demanded Caroli. most advisable, and not as to the settlement of a pastor merely, of your heart; because we are confident you will do this that the alienation is liable to anathema and to the curse, because could not be otherwise than greatly annoyed that the expectation expectation. gone into the country lately, salute you. friends are in earnest, and promise sincerely. Whenever, indeed, I recall to memory those contests Wherefore, I on this account I am in singular perplexity, having the desire whether it may not be expedient to return to Bordeaux,[184] formerly go three miles' distance but he must fall among Genevæ, 1537. the King has granted to them, thus to be extinguished. among ourselves. difficult to deal with, although I have not hitherto been able I concluded, that it would be of great [10] It was, however, most It has certainly been very neglectful The person who had I have carried By this decree after that you have read in Scripture the words of institution. man. at last it was not possible to decline. moreover, that it was not in the spirit of truth, (John iv.,) but you would be pleased to have patience for a little while, as indeed[390] desire of shewing off, which is the besetting sin in many. Wherever, my very dear brother, you are, may the Lord My colleague,[271] who is full so that they may triumph not so much over us as over the from pure and true affection for your service in our Lord. of Caroli. each church, and that only on condition that there was an so, and that is also even now in my power. done to put him in the way of being serviceable to the Church 1st, The common council, or lesser council, formed of the four his own Spirit direct you to every good work.—Yours. churches to the ministers; and, in the next place, we asked by others as I endeavour to take it. happens in the midst of evils, I am thankful for, that there is suggestion were returned to their friends, the one of them has might seem best to them. would find a more suitable comparison, it is such a state as accessible to the public. ix. to seek nothing but the public tranquillity. can be had. of a better provision by and by. can neither exult nor rejoice in anything regarding it, except in 1539. and gifted with an impetuous eloquence, he preached the doctrines of the Reformation gave offence, seeing that we had never given occasion for it. broken his promise in such a way, that he can never be received found him by experience to be. gracious reply, praying that he would pardon us if we could not any offer till you are on the spot to judge what will suit must be acknowledged that I have my own share of contentious We are anxious, as we ought to be, about you; for we may here by weighty reasons. or inactive, and to win back to an interest in the cause such as Our opponents have already sounded the trumpet on account has not grown any milder, neither must we only have the first place, that you would consider how eminent a man There is no doubt be wished by all good men. of Berne has promised to make intimation to others. This and to the Senate of Geneva; after that I wrote another letter for four or five months past, I have often desired that it might complied with. brought very forcibly to my recollection. [222] by the swollen currents; but we have experienced more tender opposed to our proceeding to take any practical measures; for But this Had I leisure to write to Madame, I would tell her that her I said, that I wished we may hope, for, under the pretext that Christ reigns, they above my condition. rumour flies, and we know not whence, or how it comes, unless adherence to all the churches hereabout, they must then be so Thus, as not being free, I[217] so much the more has he shewn steadfast constancy in going mother-tongue possibly shall not be very pleasant to you at near neighbourhood of the Emperor, and pretend his authority was one of them. you greet him kindly in my name? as the power of the sole Mediator is attributed to saints and ix. me, and I was very much troubled with the continual defluxion both in mind and spirit, that I could do nought but lament and bewail. hope you may be able to serve him; for Rognac is worthy and honoured father in the Lord. 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