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At the [[Hampton Court Conference]] of 1604, he and [[Richard Bancroft]] implored King James to change nothing in the [[Church of England]].<ref>W. B. Patterson, ''King James VI and I and the Reunion of Christendom'' (1997), p. 104.</ref> He had in fact advised James in 1603 not to hold the Conference, and to leave religious matters to the professionals.<ref>Alan Stewart, ''The Cradle King: A Life of James VI & I'' (2003), p. 191.</ref> The advice might have prevailed, had it not been for [[Patrick Galloway]], Moderator of the Scottish Assembly.<ref>Collinson, p. 451.</ref> Later, in charge of the ''Authorized Version'', he composed the [[front matter]] with Miles Smith, his share being the dedication.<ref>[[Alister McGrath]], ''In The Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible'' (2001), p. 188, p. 210.</ref>
He bought the manor of [[West Mapledurham]], Oxfordshirenear Petersfield, Hampshire, in 1605.<ref name="british-history2">{{cite web|url=|title=Parishes – Buriton &#124; A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 3 (pp. 85–93)||accessdate=12 April 2014}}</ref> Later, in 1613, he acquired the site of [[Durford Abbey]], [[Rogate]], Sussex.<ref name="british-history3">{{cite web|url=|title=Rogate &#124; A History of the County of Sussex: Volume 4 (pp. 21–27)||accessdate=12 April 2014}}</ref>
He was ''ex officio'' Visitor of [[St John's College, Oxford]], and so was called to intervene when in 1611 the election as President of [[William Laud]] was disputed, with a background tension of [[Calvinist]] versus [[Arminian]]. The other candidate was [[John Rawlinson (clergyman)|John Rawlinson]]. Bilson, taken to be on the Calvinist side, found that the election of the high-church Laud had failed to follow the college statutes.<ref>Trevor-Roper, p. 43.</ref> He in the end ruled in favour of Laud, but only after some intrigue: Bilson had difficulty in having his jurisdiction recognised by the group of Laud's activists, led unscrupulously by [[William Juxon]]. Laud's party had complained, to the King, who eventually decided the matter himself, leaving the ''status quo'', and instructed Bilson.<ref>Thomas A. Mason, ''Serving God and Mammon: William Juxon, 1582–1663, Bishop of London, Lord High Treasurer of England, and Archbishop of Canterbury'' (1985), p. 27.</ref><ref>Kenneth Fincham, ''Early Stuart Polity'' p. 188 in ''The History of the University of Oxford'' (1984).</ref>