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The

PREFACE.

ref

of

worldly wealth

and

power,

nor

to

permit

them

by

f

riving,

who

fall

feem

GREATEST,

WISEST

and

BEST,

to

become

the

incendiaries

of

the Church

and

world,

and

the perferutors

of

the

belt

that

cannot

fërve their

worldliu:ef

and pride.

The

Reader

muff

Note,

i.

Th

at

though much

of

the

Hory'be

taken

from

others, the Councils

are named

and

numbred according

to

Binnius

and Crabbe :

2.

And that

becaufe

lb much

evil is

neceffarily

recited,

I

thought

it

needful

in

the beginning

and

end

to

annex

a

defence

of

the

Paftors and

their

office

and

work,

left any

f

ould

be

tempted to

think

hardly

of

Religion

and

theChurch

for

mew

abufes.

3.

And

if

Micre-

lius,

Gutlerbeth, Phili

Pareus, Funcius,

Cation,

Melan&hon,

Bu-

chotzer,

Scultetus,Pezelius,Helvicus,

or

any

other

that

I

havefeen, had

anfwered

the

ends

which

I

here

intend,

I

Jbeuld havegladlyPaved

my

felf

this

labour

and

have

refer'd

the

reader

to

them.

The

Councils

are

nowpublifbed voluminoufly,

and

many young

fiudents

want

money

and

time to

read

them

at

large.

Tofuch

this

abridgement

may not

be

unufeful

efpecially to

men

that

have

maken

the

cafe

of

the

great

hereffes

and

hereticators,

and

would

know

what

Prelacy

and

Coun-

cils

have

done

to the concord or

difiord

of

the Churches.

The

Deferip=

tion

of

the

State

of

Alexandria

recited in

the beginning

as

a

Letter

from

a.

friend,

was

from Mr.Clerkfon a

Learned

and

worthy

Minif

er

(though

ftlenced)

now

in

London.

The

Lord

pardon

and

heal our

common

faultinefs,

and

give

better

Teachers to his Churches when

we

are

dead

and

gone, who

will

take

warning

by

all

our errours

and

mifcarriages,

efpecially

to

efeape

a

weirdly

fpirit,pride,Church-

tyranny

and

fchifm,

and

feerving

the

world, the

fell"

and

the

Devil,

by

pretence

of

Authority

fromChriff.

Amen.

March31.

í680.

London;

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