Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 A conference appointed [...]ncerning r [...]ligion.The last of March the parlement yet continuing, was a conference begun at Westminster concern|ing certeine articles of religion betwixt the bishops and other of the clergie on the one part, and certeine learned preachers of whome some had beene in digni|tie in the church of England before that time on the other part. The declaration of the procéeding wherin, and the cause of the breaking vp of the same confe|rence by default and contempt of certeine bishops, parties of the said conference was published in a lit|tle treatise, and imprinted by Richard Iug and Iohn Cawood, printers to the quéenes maiestie, as here followeth. The quéenes most excellent maiestie, hauing heard of diuersitie of opinions in certeine matters of religion amongst sundrie of hir louing subiects, and being verie desirous to haue the same reduced to some godlie & christian concord, thought it best by the aduise of the lords, and other of hir pri|uie councell, as well for the satisfaction of persons doubtfull, as also for the knowlege of the verie truth in certeine matter of difference, to haue a cõuenient chosen number of the best learned of either part,The best lear|ned of ech side to be chosen [...] [...]h [...]s con| [...]erence. & to confer togither their opinions and reasons, and ther|by to come to some good and charitable agreement.
Compare 1577 edition: 1 And herevpon by hir maiesties commandement certeine of hir priuie councell declared this purpose to the archbishop of Yorke (being also one of the same priuie councell) & required him that he would impart the same to some of the bishops, and to make choise of eight, nine, or ten of them: and that there should be the like number named of the other part: and further also declared to him (as then was suppo|sed) what the matters should be. And as for the time, it was thought meet to be as soone as possible might be agreed vpon.The persons [...] & the [...]. And then after certeine daies past, it was signified by the said archbishop, that there was appointed by such of the bishops, to whome he had imparted this matter, eight persons, that is to saie, foure bishops, and foure doctors, who were content at the quéenes maiesties commandement to shew their opinions; and (as he termed it) render account of their faith in those matters which were mentioned, and that speciallie in writing, al|though he said they thought the same so determined, as there was no cause to dispute vpon them.
Compare 1577 edition: 1 It was herevpon fullie resolued by the quéenes maiestie, with the aduise aforesaid,Order taken for qu [...]e [...] con|ference, and regard had of the bishops according to their dignitie. that according to their desire, it should be in writing on both parts; for auoiding of much altercation in words; and that the said bishops should, bicause they were in authori|tie and degree superiors, first declare their minds and opinions in the matter, with their reasons in wri|ting: and the other number being also eight men of good degrée in schooles, and some hauing béene in dig|nitie in the church of England, if they had anie thing to saie to the contrarie, should the same daie declare their opinions in like manner. And so ech of them should deliuer their writings to the other, to be con|sidered what were to be improoued therein, and the same to declare againe in writing at some other conuenient daie, and the like order to be kept in all the rest of the matters. All this was fullie agreed vp|on with the archbishop of Yorke, and also signified to both parties. And immediatlie herevpon, diuerse of the nobilitie and states of the realme, vnderstan|ding that such a meeting and conference should be, and that in certeine matters, wherevpon (the court of parlement consequentlie following) some lawes might be grounded: they made earnest meanes to hir maiestie, that the parties of this conference might put and read their assertions in the English toong, and that in the presence of them of the nobili|tie, and others of the parlement house, for the better satisfaction and inabling of their owne iudgements, to treat and conclude of such lawes as might depend herevpon.