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The

Preface

to

the Reader.

publick Welfare,

into one

good

Conftitution and Eftabtifhment. And to

my

knowledge MAO are

animated with the fame Defies. May

not

the Church

of

England be

moreevidently beautiful, large and

fafe

hereby

?

And though Authori-

ty

has

not yet wrought

us

up

to

this,

I

humblyjudge

that

amicable

Converfation

amongft thofe that

attend our

refpe&ive

Miniftry,

and among

us

Minifters our

feives,

Would

Phew

to

all

that we are propenfe

to

Peace and Love, and to mutual

Ufefulnefs and

Endearments.

It

feems

tome

molt ftráoge

and hateful

,

that

diffe-

rent

Sentiments about difputable Matters, Ihould alienate

Affe&ions,

banifh Civili-

ties

of

Converfation, and fcarce

be

enquired into anddebated about, without

!cur-

rilous ltefle&ions and enflamed Paffions.

Rageand force may produce Hypocrites

or

Adverfaries, but fcarce

ever hearty,

ferious

Converts

:

But for

Men to

be

hired,

:,

cheated, frighted

into

a

Change

of

Sentiment

,

is

very

odd

indeed.

Truth

and

Fairhfulnefs

are very

valuable

things

;

and to me

as

worthy

of

a

Commendation in

a Conformift,

as

in

a

Non-conformiff,

6

vice verfd.

Nor

lhall

i

count

things bet-

ter

or worfe for the

fake

of

Perfons

in

whom

Imeet

with theni.

Truth and

Good-

nefs

make Men worthy, but what can

they

derive from Men

?

God bath

!hewed

them to

us

in their proper Evidence,

fit

for

Difcovery by impartial

Search, and at

our

peril

is

it

to

reje&

them

:

Neither can any Man's Confidence

or

Paffton,'

change their Nature or

juftifie

our Refufal or Millakes

thereof.

No

wonder then

if

this Reverend

Author

be

fo

impartially free;in both his Narratives and Chara&ers;

whilst thePublick

lnterelt

was

fo

much

in

his

Eye

,

and lay

fo

preffingly

on

his

heart.

7. Whilst

fo

devoted

to the publick

good

of Church

and State, he obferved

Per-

fons, enquired

into Things,

ftudied Expedients, confulted

God and Man, to know,

what

was

the likelieft

way, to

heal

the Wounds, and

fettle

the Peace and Welfare

of

Church and

State:

and how to do this regularly and fuccefsfully,

was

the

fond.

tous

Inqueft and

Endeavour of

his Soul

:

and

if

he

did miftake

his

way,

it

was

nor

wilfully,

butthrough

infirmity.

8. But his

defeated Expe&ations

and

Endeavours amid![ thofe

many Revolutions'

in

his

time, from which

refulted hindrances, neither few

nor

mean,made himmore

ltri

&ly

to

take the Minutes

of

Proceedings and Events,

as

they occurred; and

fo

to

make fome

fit

Remarks thereon. And having thus furnilhed

himfelfwith

apt

Materials and Memoirs, he at

laD

digefled all into

this

following Hiftory

;

which'

you

have faithfully

from

his

own Original

;

abating

fome

corrigenda,

Some

little wordsfupply'd here and there which

currente calamo

were left out. Some !mall

Chafmsto

be fill'd up,

whereto the current

Sence directed

us.

And in

fame

Letter,'

here

infected,

not being

by himfelf

tranfcribed, the words being fomething

lets

le.i

gible

than

others, they

snuff

be

almoll

gueffed at.

Though theft

were few and

no

way affeaing the

Sence

confiderably. And fume Repetitions

, through the Au-

thor's own

forgetfulnefs, left out. But

the Hiftory

is

entirely

his, transcribed

and

publithed

as

fuch from

his

own Copy, which

I

keep

by

me

for my own Vindicatiota

carefully

;

and

as

a

Memorial

of

himfelf

with

me.

Secondly,

As

to

the

Ilif,ory.

r.

Of

what Concern and

Confequence

the Matter of it

is,

the patient

aná

dili-

gent

and judicious

Reader may

foon difeern.

Weighty things, when

fully,

credià

bly, and impartially

related,

do

readily commend themfelves to the Reader's Ac-

ceptation, and they do

as

readily meet therewith, where

Ingenuityy

and Candour

da

prevail. What there things are

which the Hillorian mainly infffs upon , may be

difcover'd quickly

by reading

over

the Contents

thereof;

whereto

I

would refer

the Reader. Fielt, Left the

fink

fleet

or

two, through their Graphical inaccuracy,

fhould

be

offenfive

to him,

and fo difcourage his progreffcve

Reading:

The

Hifto-

ry

takes

it's

rife indeed à

leviufculre,from

meaner things

;

which

(feting the Author

feem'd

defirous

and refolv'd to infert

upon

Reafons heft

known

to

himfelf)

indeed

I

durit not

blot out. Readers

(

and Friends

to

the deceafed)

may

be

of

various

Appetites and Humours

;

and differentThings may

have

their different

Relishes

from

varioufy

difpofed Palates.

Why

may

not Hifories

take their Dart fromfmal-

ler Matters, and fo proceed to

greater

; as well as

the material

Origination

of

the

Univerfe from

its

Chaos,

and

of Humane

Bodies

from their firli

Dult or

Seed

?

I

do indeed profefsmy

grief and flume that they efcaped me

fo

inadvertently, but

I

was

then bereav

d

of

that Compofure in my Thoughts

(

through

the tremendous

Hand of

God

upon me

otherwife, which I will

not now

relate) for otherwife my

Caution

had

been greater, and

fo,

cliche

Sheets

and other

Paffages

more correct.

I