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150

T

he

LIFE

of

the

And

Confent:

Accordingly at

Evefham

and

Kiderminfler

they

were conftantly kept

up

:

In

the

Town

where

I

lived

we

had

once

a

-Month

a

Meeting of Three

Ju=

Rites

of

the Peace

(

who

lived

with

us

) and three or

four Minifters

(

for fo ma-

ny we were

in the Parifh, my

felt

and

Aflflants

)

and three

or

four Deacons,

and twenty

of

the ancient and godly

Men

of the

Congregation, who pretended

to no Office,

as

Lay

-

Elders,

but only

met

as

the Truftees

of

the

whole

Church,

to

be

prefent and

fecure

their

Liberties

;

and do

that which

any

of

the Church

x

T11e

might do

;

and they were chofen once

a

year hereunto (as * Gratin

do

ImpalaJam

ofinciples Pere

advifeth becaufe all the People could

not

have leifure

to

meet

fo

oft,

to

BoBoot;

1Ich

debate things which required their Confect

t

At

this meeting

we admonifhed

thofe

sooft liked

that remained impenitent

in any fcandalous

Sin,

àftgr

moreprivateAdmonition

be-

and

fol-

fore

two or

three; and'we

did with

all

poflìble tendernefsperfùade them

to

repen-

(owed,

tance,

and

labour

toconvince

them of their

Sin

and

danger;

and pray with them

if

they

confented

:

And

if

they

could

not

be prevailed

with

to repent,

we required

them to meet

before

all

the Miniftersat the,other monthly

Meeting, which

was

always

the next Day

after this

parochial Meeting.

There

we renewed

our Admo-

nitions and

Exhortations, and

(òtne

Minifters

of

other

Parifhes laboured to

fet

it

home,

that the

Offender

might not think

it was

only the

Opinion

of

the Paftor

of

the

Plade, and that he did

it out

or

ill Will or Partiality.

If

he yielded penitent-

ly

to

cónfefs his Sin

and

promife

Amendment

(

more or

lets

publickly according to

the Natureof theScandal)

we then joined

in Prayer

for his true Repentance and

Forgivenefs, and exhorted him farther

to

his

Duty

for the future

:

But

if he

Bill

continued

obtinately

impenitent,

by

the Confent of all, he

was

by the

Paltor

of

the

Place to

be

publickly admonilhed and prayed for by

that Church,

ufually

three

feveral days

together ; and

if

frill

he remained

Impenitent, the Church

was

re-

quired to

avoid

him,

as

a

Perron

unfit for

their Communion;

as is

more

fully

opened in

the

Articles

of

our Agreement.

§

32.

This monthly Meeting of the

Minifters proved

of

exceeding great Benefit

and comfort to

us

;

where when

we had dined together, we fpent an

Hour or

two

in Difputation

on

fore

Ozieftion

which

was chofen

the Week before

;

and

when the Refpondent

and

Opponent

had

done their Part, they were

pleated

to

make

it

my Work to

determine:

And after that,

if

we had

any Church

-

bufinefs

(

as

aforefaid)

we confulted

of

it.

And many Minifters met with

us,

that were

not

of

our Affoeiation,

for

the

Benefit

of

thefe

Difputation.

I

mull

confefs this

was

the

cornfortableft time

of

all

my Life, through

the

great delight

I had

in

the Company

of

that

Society

of

bonett,

fincere, laborious, humble Minifters

of

Chrift

:

Every

Week

on the

Leéflure

Day

I

had the

pleafant

Company

of

many

of

them at my Houfe, andevery

Month

at

our appointed Meeing I

had

the Compa-

ny

of

more

;

I

fo

well knew

their

Self

denial, Impartiality,

Peaceablenefs,

and

exemplary

Lives

together

with their

Skill

and faithful

Diligence

for

the Good

of

Souls

( however almoft

all

of

them have

been

fince filenced

and call

out)

that

its pleafant

to nie

to remember

the

Converfe

I

had

with them

;

fo

aimable are

fincere

andupright

Men,

whole

finglenefs

of Heart

doth imitate the

State

of

the

primitive

Believers,

when

proud,

felf-

feeking refereed Hypocrites,

do turn their

belt Endowments into.

a

Reproach.

133.

When Dr.

Warweflry

and

Dr.

Good

had

fubfcribed

as

above,

a

while after

Dr.

Warmefhy

confulted with

his

London

Brethren

:

and

he received a

Paper

of

Ani-

madverfions

(

not againft the Articles

of

our Agreement,

but)

againft my Expli-

cation

of

them, and

my

Paffages

which

oppofe thofe Epifcopal Divines

who deny

the Minifiry and Churches which have

not

Prelatical

Ordination: Theft

Animad-

verGons

he

Pent

to me

with

a

Letter,

which,

fignified his defire

of

Peace in general,

but that he mull

not

ftrike

a

League

with Faétion,

bc.

There

was

no

Name to

this

Paper,

but long time after

I

learnt that it

was Mr.

Peter Gunning's,

afterwards

Bifisop

of

Ely.

I

prefently wrote

an

Anfwer to

it,

and offered the

Doctor

to

fend

In

the Ap-

it

him,

if

he would tell me

the Author.

Becaufe it

is

too long to

be

inferred here,

pendix.

I

have

put

the

Paper and

Anfwer

together in

the

End, where

you may read

them.

After

this

I received from Sir Ralph

Clare

theft

enfuing Papers,

as

from

Tome

"Courtiers

( which

Me

of

the

fame Strain

with Dr.

Gnnning's)

;

which

with my

brief

Anfwer

I

adjoin.

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