Some four years after White’s death, a collection of papers was published entitled Blacklo’s Cabal, and the continuing recognition of a specifically ‘Blackloist’ group of English Catholics was thereby publicly attested. The letters and documents collected by the Welsh Jesuit Robert Pugh1 related mainly to the years 1645—53 and 1667, but they were published in 1680 as retaliation against John Sergeant’s alleged betrayal of the Jesuits at the time of the Popish Plot. Pugh, and the Jesuit Provincial John Warner who oversaw the publication after Pugh’s own death, obviously intended that the collection should be used as incriminating evidence against White and his followers, since repudiation of the Jesuits, as the price of toleration for other Catholics, had long been a main plank of an overall Blackloist programme. There is evidence also for some of the associated philosophical, political, and theological policies of Blackloism, albeit as a small minority of English Catholic opinion, persisting for years after White’s own death. In fact, when Sergeant in turn died in 1707, Sylvester Jenks was still only half-satisfied: “J[ohn] S[ergeant] is dead. But I had rather write his faction had been dead.”2


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  • Beverley C. Southgate
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  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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