rive and then discover a treason, and the more odious and hateful the treason were, his service would be the greater and the more acceptable.' Father Grene again, in a letter written in 1666, says that Bishop Usher was divers times heard to say 'that if the papists knew what he knew, the blame of the Gunpowder Treason would not be with them.' "In like manner," adds Father Gerard, citing a book published in 1673, "we find it frequently asserted, on the authority of Lord Cobham and others, that King James himself, when he had time to realise the truth of the matter, was in the habit of speaking of the Fifth of November as 'Cecil's holiday.'"
Lord Cobham (Richard Temple) was created a peer in 1669, so that the story is given on very second-hand evidence indeed. The allegation about Usher, even if true, is not to the point. We are all prepared now to say as much as Usher is represented as saying. The blame of the Gunpowder Treason does not lie on 'the papists.' It lies, at the most, on a small body o
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