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P

A

It

T

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

154

S

I R,

J.

HE

Influence

and

Power you

have in

the prefent

Pallor

of

your Church

(

who

ü

much

famed

abroad,

and had

in

a

reverend Efleem as well

for

Piety

of Life,

as

for

bis

Learning, Moderation,

and

defiring the

Peace

of

the

Church) gives

Encourage.

ment

to

your old Acquaintance,

and

Affóciate

in

that

One

glorious Court

cf England

to

defire

the

Favour that

this

inclofed

Paper

may

be

?relented

to his

Chriflian

View

and

Con

-

fsderation

;

prefuming fo

great

ei

his

Charity,

that

he

will

not leave any wounded Soul

unhealed, wherein

he

is

able

to

bellow

his

Balm.

In

this

be

extends not his

Charity

alone

as to

a Jingle Perron, but

(in

me)

there

are many

more

of

your Friends included; who

would have appeared

inPerron, or met

in

Conference,

were

it

not our

Mangan,

are

at

too

great a

diflance,

and theMalignity and

.caloafy of

Times challenges

Retirements,

rather

than

Affemblies.

Ir is not

civil

in us to

chalk

the

Method of Anfwering

the Queriei

;

yet

for

Eafement Sake

and Brevity, it

will

be

fatisfablary his free

Conceffton

of

any Propofalr

in

the

Afarmative

to

be

true without

any

Enlargement

of

Reafons

g

and for

thofe

Queries

which may

andmuiï

admit

Divlone,

Diflinelione,

and

Difcourfe

on

the

Cafe, let

the reverend Gentleman ale

bis own Form,

Judgment and

Difcretion

g

as believing

be

will

proceed

with

fisch

Candor

and

Impartiality, as

becometh

a

Man of

his Calling

and

Eminency;

waving

all

By- Inter-

ells

and

Relations

to

any

Party

or

Fallion,

either regnant

or

ecliprí

g

which

f4E will

de-

fervedly heighten the high EJleem

he is

valued

at,

and

your Pelf

by

this Honour done,

en-

gage

me

and many

more

of

your

old Friends

(in

me)

to

fabfcribe our

/eelves

Aprilzo. í655.

Your

Servants,

Tbeopbslas

Church.

(A

feigned

Name)

Certain

Queries

and

Scruples

of

Confèience

offered

to

fome

Learned

Divines for

Refolution

and

Satisfa

&ion.

z.

wH

E

T H

E R

may

a Cbrifiian Magiflrate

tolerate Liberty

of

Confciente

in

Re-

ligion

and

Church Difcipline

without Scandal?

2.

Whether may

and

ought

a

tender

Conference exercife

and

are

his Liberty

and

Freedom

without

Violence

inforced

by

Superiors?

3.

Whether in

Matters of

Government Ecclefsaflicaldepending

only

of Fria,

the gene-

ral

and

perpetual Prabiice

of

the Church

from

Age

to

Age,

be

not

a

fuffscient

Evidence

and

Warrant of

the

Right, Truth, and

certainty

of

the

thing

?

4.

Whether the Vocation

of

Bifhops

be

an Order

Lawful

in

it felf?

5. Whether

the Regiment

Eccleftafaical

by Billsops

bath

not

continued

throughout the

Cbri-

/ian

Church ever fines the Apoflles

, until!

Calvin's

days

?

No

Church Orthodox dif-

Jeenting.

6.

Whether

was

there ever

fsnce

the Apo/le's

days

fo much

as

one

national

Church go-

verned

by

a

Presbytery

without

a

Bifho

until!

Calvin,

Days?

If

fo,

where

was

the

Ori-

ginal

?

in what

Place

?

by.

what

Perrin?

of what

continuance

?

and

how

was

it loft,

or

changed

into Epifcopacy,

and

upon

what

Grounds or

Motives?

7. Whether the prefent

Miniflry in the Church of

England

(as

it

now feparated from

their lawful

Superiors or Bithops

)

be

not

Scbifmatical?

8. Whether all

there

Miniflors

that

have taken

the

Oath

of

Canonical

Obedience to

their

B

Jhops,

and-have

backfliden

and fubmitted

to thole

Powers

that

violently deprived the

laid

Bofloops

of

their

legal Powers

and furifdielions,

by

yielding a voluntary

Obedience to

their

'Ordinances, are

not under

a

high

Cenfure

of

Perjury

and

Scbifm?

9.

Whether

thole Minifaers

now pretended to

be

made

and

ordained in

the Church

of

England

only by

their

Fellow

Miniflers without a

Bifhop,

be

true Miniflers

or nog

or elfe

weer Lay Perfans,

and

bold Ufarpers of the

Sacred

Fantlionand

Order,

like

Corah

and

his

Complices

?

r

o.

Whether all thole

Miniflors which are now in

aítual

/ffaon

of

the

late Incum-

bents Parfanages

and

Cures

of

Souls

(

and deprived

for

their

only

adhering and

affsfting

their late

lawful

Prince

and their Governour, and

alto

their

Bithops

)

to

whom they owed

all