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Fashion Police at the Synod of Dort

George Abbot, the Archbishop of Canterbury, writing to Sir Dudley Carleton regarding the British delegates to the Synod of Dort, states:

We understand here that Mr Balcanquall doth not go here in his apparrell like a grave divine, but in his double double ruffes and his cloake lined thorough with velvett. I heare that it is not well taken where he is, and I am certaine that if his Majesty did take notice thereof he would be very much offended. It were good that some insinuation were fairely made unto him that this may be redressed and the scandall removed.1

Carleton replies:

Our English Divines have from the first time of Mr Ballcanqualls arrivall their [sic] admitted him to their consultations; and now they joine likewise in suffrage, and in the distribution of the diverse parts of the business; as those who all make but one colledge. I do not finde by what I heare from Dort, or that I observed here that Mr Balcanquall doth give any just subject for the report which is raysed of his undecencie of apparell; but that on the contrary in all respects he gives much satisfaction. 2

  1. Anthony Milton, The British Delegation and the Synod of Dort, 183.
  2. Ibid. 186.

By Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the Rector of Christ Church Anglican in South Bend, Indiana. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a founding member of the Davenant Institute.