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162

The

LIEEof

the

LYB.I.

theirXills of

us.

Sir,

Pardon the

Plainnefs, and accept

the

true Account

of

my

Thoughts,

from

Fkb. z. 1655.

Tour

Servant,

Richard

Baxter.

§

;

.

About

the

fame time

that we

were thus associating in

Worceflerflrire,

it

pleated

God

to Rir

up the

Ministers

of

Cumberland,

and

Westmorland

to the

fame

Courfe

;

who thoughthey

knew

not what we

had done,

yet

fell

upon the

fame

way,

and agreed on Articles

to

the fame purpofe

and

of

the fameSeule and Impor-

tance

as ours

were

;

of

which Mr.

Richard

Gilpin

(one

of

them,

a

worthy

faith-

ful

Minister)

fent me

word, when he

kw

our Articles in

Print;

and they

alto

printed

theirs

(to

fave

the writing

of

many Copies, and to excite.

others

to the

fame way

)

and they found the

fame readinefs

to

Union

among

the

Brethren

as

we had done.

Their

Agreement you may

find

printed

;

our Letters were

as

foiloweth

:

Dear Brethren,

falafel you

in

the

Lord:

It was

no

fmall reviving

to

w

to behold

your Order

and mutual

Candefcentions.( expreffid in your Book

of

Concord

)

to promote

the

Reformation

of

your

People

in

ways

of

Peace. We unfeignedly rejoice

on

your behalf ;

and

thought

our

felves

bound to ftgnifie bow

grateful and

helpfulyour Endeavours are to

w.

The Scornen

of

this Age bave

a

long

time

bent

their

Tongueas

a Bow, and

dips

their

Ar-

rows

in

Gall,

and

font

forth

bitter

Accufations

and

Slanders

again$'

all the Ministers

of

the

Gospel,

calling them Difeurbers, implacable,

&c.

as

if

the very

Elfe of

a Minifter

were

to

contradill, and

to

be

averfe

from

Peace: Surely

your

carnal

profecutfon

of

Con-

cord

will

be

a /landing

Confutation

of that

Charge,

at

'call

fo

far

as

to cut off

the

Note

of

Univerfality

font

it But that which

ma£í

Fitts

ar

ia,

that

you

arena

willing

to

look upon the

gasping

Condition

of

the Church here,

as

idle,Speálators, or

as

meer Witneffes

of

ber.

Funeral without trying

any Remedy

at

all,

and that

you

do

not apprehendyour

'elves

to bave

done

all

your

Duty,

when you have bewailed berTrouble,

and

complained

of

brr

AdverJaries

Cruelty.

Sion

indeed

herb

been

thrown

down

to

the Ground,

and bath

been

covered

with a

Cloud in the

Day

of

the Lord's

Anger,

and

ber Adverfaries are round

about

In this Difirefi

flu bath spread forth

ber

Nandi, and

had,

looked upon

berLovers

for

Help,

and that

fo

long,

that

fhe is ready to

fay,

that

ber,

Strength and

ber Hope

is

poriibed

from

the

Lord. Now

bet Sons

while

they

bave

been

eonfulting bow to relieve

her

have

fallan

out about the Cure,

and

becaufe they

have

not

been

admitted

to

administer

the

Pbyfick

according

to

their

Minds, bave

negletted

to

administer

any

at all;

becaufe they

could not

be

/offered

to do

what

tbeywould,

they

have forgotten

that

it

was their

Duty

to do

what

they

might.

Some

bave thrown

all

afide

but preaching, as

it

were

in a

pettiflo

Dis-

content;

fume have

fatioed

themfelves

with

adminifiring Cordials, without purging

the

noxious Humours,

becaufe

they

thought this

neceffary

and

safe

though in

an

unpresbyterated

Church. Others

it

may

be

have fear

a

neceffity

of

making

farther

Progrefs,

and have

been

grouping after

it,

but bave

been

difeouraged

a;,,

the fight

of

the

thwarting

and

inconfiftont

Principles, the Animoftiea

and want of Condefentionof

different

Parties. Otbereit

may

be

have in their

Thoughts overcomethis Difficulty,

and

yet have

flack at

one

that

is

lets,

they

bave

been

afraid

to be

the

find

Propounders

of

their

conceived Remedy,

fearing the

Entertainment and

Succefi

that

their charitable Endeavours mightfind,

being more

willing

to

follow than

to

lead

in fach a

doubtful

and

unbeaten

Path. This

Defign

which

you

bave

refolved

on

will

(we

hope)

convince

Men

that

though we cannot as

yet a:peat

that

the

Lord's

Hoare

(horsld be

fo

finished

that

all fhall cry, Grace, Grace unto

it:

Yet

that

the

Building

need not wholly to eeafe,

you are

the

first

that

have in this publickway

broken the

Ice,

and

who knows bow powerful your Example may

be to

call

Men

of

from their

Con-

tentions

andStrivings

one

again.?

another,

by

a

brotherly Combination to carry

on

the

work

of Chrill

as

far

as they can

with

one

Shoulder.

Whatsoever

Advantage

others may reap

by

your Endeavours, we

are fare

the

Ad-

vantage that we

have

by

them is

double.

t.

We,

before

we bad beard

of

your Book, had

undertaken a Work

of

the

like nature

:

Several

of w

meetingtogether to

confide

about

ma-

naging the Lord's Work in oar Hands, were convinced

that

for

Reformation

of

our

People

more ought

to

be

done

by

or

than

bare Preaching,

a

brotherly Afleosation

of Minifers

ap-

peared