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It may seem strange that any of the works of Thomas Cartwright, the distinguished leader of the Elizabethan Puri­ tans, should have failed to reach print during his life-time, or soon afterwards. Standard-bearer of the PresbyteroPuritans against Whitgift, first in Cambridge and then on the wider field, he was held to have vanquished his adversary, powerful as that adversary had become in Church and State : indeed, Whitgift was often taunted1 with having failed to answer Cartwright’s Rest of the second replie (1577). He had, however, resources other than arguments, and he did not hesitate to use them, as the Puritan leader had already reason to know.