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To

the

Reverend

Con

forming

Clergy.

Reverend Fathers

and

Brethren,

IT

is

now

feventeen years

fnce.neer two

thoqfand

Minifters

of

Chrifl were by

Law

forbidden

the

exercise

of

their

Cat=

fice,unlefs

they

did

conform to

Subfcrip-

tions,

Covenants, Declarations and

Pra

&ices,

which

we durfl

not

do,becaufe

we

feared God:

Forefeeing

what

this would do

to

the

deífxoy-

ing

of

Love

and

Concord,

and

of

mens

fous,

weakning

the

Land,encoura

;ing

Popery,

He-

retie

and

Schifrn,

we

did

our

Left

Letime

by

Reafon,

& fubmißîve petitioning

the

Bifbops,

to

have

prevented it

;

but

in

vain

:

We

ne-

ver

made one

motion

for

Presbytery, or

againfl

Liturgies, nor to abate

any

of

the

I3ifhops

Wealth,

or Honour, nor

any

thing

as

to

Church-

Government, but

Arch'

13ilhop

7}fhers

Model

of

the

Primitive

way:

And

we

thankfully

accepted

of

much

:fs,

elpreft

to

His

a)efties

Gracious

T

ecía:

3tion about

A

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