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PART

Reverend

rllr. Richard

Baxter.

4

7

§.26.

Next

this I

wrote

to

Reverend

and

Judicious Mr.

Richard

Vines,

ßbóut an

attempt for

Concord with.aII,

but efpecially

the EpifcopalParty

:

And

alfo

about

Lay

-

Elders

;

and

his Judgment

fully

concurred with

met,

and

(

betides

etheis

)

he

wrote

to me the following Letter.

SIR,'

1

THauggh

I

fbould

have

defired

to

have

underfloodyour thoughts about the

Point

of

Sa-

eriledge,

that

fo

I

might have farmed

up my thoughts intofame

better

order

and

clear-

er

iffue

than

I

did in

my

laft:

yet

to

fhew unto you how

much

I

value

tbù

Correfsondence

with

you,

I

am

willing

to

wake

fame

return to your felf. And

firfl

touching the

School-

mailer intended,

&c.

-The

Accommodation you

'peak of n a great

and a

good

work

for

the

gaining into

the Workfuch ufeful

parts

and

interefts

as might very

muyh...heal

the

Difcord,

and

:mite the

ffrengtb

of

Men

to

oppofe

de(trudive

ways,

and

in

my apinion more

feafsble

with

thole men

than

any other,

if

they

be

moderate

and

godly

:

for

we differ

with

them

rather

about

force

Pinacles

of

the

Temple,

than

the Foundation

or

Abbuttreffet thereof.

I

would

not

have

much

timeJbentin

a formula of

Doiirine

àr Worfhipt

for

we

are not

much defiant in

tbem,and

happily nomore

than

with

one

anotber.But

I

would have the Agree-

mentattempted

in

that

very thing

which

chiefly

made the

Divifson,andtbat

is

Government;

Beal

that

breach

and

heal all

; there begin,anch therein

labour allyou can.

What

influence

this

may

have

upon

others,

I

knownot,

intbis

exulceration ofinene

minds:

but the

WorkJeaks

it

felf

good,

and

your

Reafens,

fartbe

attempting

of

it

are very

confiderable..

For the Affem-

bly,

ÿou know,

they

can meddle

with

juft

nothing but whae

is

feat

unto them

by

Parlia-

ment,

or

one

Houfe

thereof

(

as the Order

faith

)

and

for

that

realen never took

upon

them

to intermeddle

therein.

What

they

do

in

fuck

a thing,

muff

be

done

as private

perfns, and

not as

in

the capacity

of

Af

ernbly

-men,

except

it

come to

them recommended

by

the

Parlia-

ment. The

great

bufinef! is to

find a

temperament

in Ordination and

Government,

in

both

which the Exclufien or

Admittance

of

Presbyters

(

dices

Caufa) for

a fhadow

,

was not

regular; and

no

doubt the Presbyters ought

and

may

Both

teach

andgovern,

as

men

that

muff

give

account

of

Souls.

For

that

you fay

of

every

particular

Church

having

many

Presbyters,it

bath

beenconfidered

in

our Alfembly,and the Scripture

fjeakífair

for it,but

then

the

Church

and

City

was

of

ene

Extent:

No

Parifhes or Bounds

aligned

out to

particular

men

(as

now)

but the

Minified

preached

in circuita,

or

in

common,

andflood

in relation

to

the Churches

assn

one

Church,

-though meeting haply

in divers

bouts

or places

(as

is

(laU

the

manner

of

fome Cities in the

Low

Countries.)

If

you

will

follow

this

model, you

mull

lay the

City all into

one

Church

particular, and

the Villages

half a

dozen

of

tbeminto

a

Church

e

which

is

a bufneß

here

in

England ofveil

deftgn

and

confequence.

An

das for

that

you fay

of a

Billie') over

many

Presbyters,

not

over

many Churches

;

I

believe

no fuck

Bofhops

will

pleafe

our

men

e

but the

Nation,

sir

you

conceive

it,

hack

been,

and

is

the Opinion

of

learned Men.

Grotius

in

Psi,Commencery

on

the

Alts,

in divers places,and

particularlycap.

07.

faith, That

as in

every

particular

Synagogue

(many

of

which

was in

fame me City) there

was

drroo4aye

-,

fucbtwas

the

Primitive

Rifhop:

and

doubtlefi

the

firfl

Bi)hops

were over

the Community

of

Presbyters, as Presbyters

in joint

relation

to one

Church or

Region.;

which

Region

being

upon

the increafe

of

Believers,

divided

into

more

Churches,

and in after

times thole Churchesalggned to

particular

men

e

yet

be,

the

Bifhop,con-

tinned

Bithop

ever them

lid.

For

that

you

fay,

he

had

a

negative

voice,'that's

more

thin

ever

I

few

proved,

or

everfha/l,

I

believe

for the

firft two

.hundred

:years

; and yet

I

have

laboured to enquire into

it. Tknt

makes

him

Angelus

princeps,

not

Angelus præfes, as

Dr. Reignolds

faith

;

Calvin

denies

that,

and

makes

him

Conlin in Senate.

Or

as

the

Speaker

in

the Houfe

of

earliament,. which

as

I

have beard

that D.

B.

did'fay,

was

but to

make

him

Foreman

of

the

jury.

Take

heed

of

yielding

a Negative

Voice.

As

touching the

introdailsen

of

Ruling Elders,

fuck

as

are modelled outby

Parliament ,

my

judgment

is

fuffsciently

known

e

Ì

am

of

your judgment in the Point. There

fhould be fuch

El-

ders

as

have

power to preach

as

well

as

rule

:

I

fay

power

; but

how

that

will

be

see-

ded

here

I

know not,

except

we

could

or

would return

to the

primitive nature and

conftitu-

tien

of

particular

Cha

rrebes

e

and

therefore

it

mu"

be

helped

by

the combination

of

more

Churches togetherinto

one

as

to

the

matter

of

Government,

and

let

them

be

Rill diflinit

as

tel

Word

and

Sacraments:

That

se

the

eafsefi

way

of

Accommodation

that

yet

occurs

to my

thoughts.

Sir,

Ifear

I

troubleyou

too

long,

but

it

rs

to

fhew how

much

I

value

you

and

your

Letter,

to

me

; for

which

'thank

you

and

sell

Yours in the bell Bonds;

V

z

.

Vines;

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