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The

EPISTLE

quertch zeale, brit only to fprinkle it, that itmay hurl)

With~

in compaffe; and not fire that houfewhich is intended hut

towarme.

.

. .

VVe have neither purpofe i)or Commisfion to

ftep,a~ ·

· fide

her~

and complaine ofthe

Times.

.All

times have fom;

what amiffe in them, elfe

Preachm

ihould have;

~he

le{fe

work. And if thefe times have more Jhan

m~IJY others~

which our Forefathers have feen, we muft neecfs beforry

there is fo rriuch

-wor{eforPreachim:

and more,iftheywhich

live by the Gofpell ofpeace, ihouldmak,e

any.

For

afte~

the

building up ofthe

Faithif[hrif/;,

theirchiefe workefhogld

be, to beate down tho!e

flrong Holds,

whichanyfinshave

built up in the hearts ofmen,

to

pollute or defame

[hrij/i.-.

;nThrm.r.

anity.

.And true Preachers indeed are,

~s ~·

Jerome

fpeak~s,'

MaxiU£ Eccleji£,

the Jawbones-ofthe Church, which

by

preaching,beate downe the carnall life ofman. ,Now

a1J

h!l.–

tred, contention, variance, allfedition

and

difobedienJ~to,Law

...

.

~"'· s.ro:

full Authorityis (as'tisreckonedbythe

llpofJ}e) 4r.(Jo'ngtfoe

rPorftes ofthe

jlejh.

.t\.nd therefore fince all

Pr_eachers

are

tile

!a-wes

ofthe c.hurch, and

~he

fins

ofthe

people

are, as'it

wer:~

..

to be grownd

mter

~

axtUas,

betweenethefela-wes,before

the

pwple

themfelves can be made fit to nouri!h the

Church~

or the Church them

:

How

can this be done, ( efpeeifllly

done as it ought) ifthe

[awes

be weak or fallen, -and

caun9~

do

their dffice

~

· ·

. . ·

Butourhopeisthat

qodwill[o

bleffe

"Your8v.fajefliein

your government,

"Your people

in their loyalty, the

Preachers

in their wifdom added to zeale and diligence,that the hearts

and hands ofall forts ofmen, !hall be joyn'dtogether

CC!

pre...

ferve

qods TPorjhip

in truth,

"Your Majeflies throne

in honour;

the

Church

in religious devotion, and all

'Yourpeople

in obedi...

ence and union . the onlymeanes

to

make both your

Maje..

flie,

and

'Your

p~ople

happy in this life, and bleffed in that

which

is

to

~ome.

.And we humbly defire men of

all

forts

to thinkeferioufly of

this;

that

if

the

Puhli~

fuffer either in

f~f!.~c_~ ~~~ ~t~t~~ ~?. ~~~s pr~!~~pl~~~~~

1

<:>!

PEofi~ ~~n

fiftancl

.

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