He said they had been far too kindly treated and that if he had his way he would make a law that "whoever was found at a conventicle
should be banished the nation and the preacher be hanged.
For the first week, whenever I looked out on the pond it impressed me like a tarn high up on the side of a mountain, its bottom far above the surface of other lakes, and, as the sun arose, I saw it throwing off its nightly clothing of mist, and here and there, by degrees, its soft ripples or its smooth reflecting surface was revealed, while the mists, like ghosts, were stealthily withdrawing in every direction into the woods, as at the breaking up of some nocturnal conventicle
getting out the name of the obnoxious conventicle
with some reluctance, and laying a spiteful emphasis upon the words.
And therefore, whensoever it cometh to that pass, that one saith, Ecce in deserto, another saith, Ecce in penetralibus; that is, when some men seek Christ, in the conventicles
of heretics, and others, in an outward face of a church, that voice had need continually to sound in men's ears, Nolite exire, - Go not out.
In the son, individualist by temperament, once the science of colleges had replaced thoroughly the faith of conventicles
, this moral attitude translated itself into a frenzied puritanism of ambition.
64) On April 29, 1632, an Independent conventicle
was discovered in the house of a brewer's clerk in Black-Friars, and of the forty-two adherents arrested, twentyfour were imprisoned.
I slipped about the chalky lane That runs without the park, I saw the lone conventicle
A beacon in the dark.
Bunyan began his work while in the Bedfordshire county prison for violations of the Conventicle
Act, which prohibited the holding of religious services outside the auspices of the established Church of England.
13) The Clarendon Code consisted of the Corporation Act (1661 repealed 1828), which required all municipal officer holders to be communicant member of the Church of England and to reject the Solemn League and Covenant, The Act of Uniformity (1662) which compelled uniformity of worship through a prescribed Book of Common Prayer for all clergy, The Conventicle
Act (1664) which forbad meetings for unauthorised worship, The Five Mile Act (1665 repealed 1812), which forbad nonconforming ministers from coming within five miles of incorporated towns and from teaching in schools.
The Quaker Act of 1662 was a regulation to ensure the Oath of Allegiance to king and country, while the Conventicle
Act of 1664 and of 1670 were means to discourage the assemblies of nonconformist sects.
The church, then, is not a theological symposium nor a conventicle
Two kings, Charles II (1674) and James II (1685), employed "the dispensing powers of the Crown" to confirm the Jews' religious freedom that was twice tested under the penal laws of the Conventicle