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P

AR

T

II.

Reverend

Mr. Richard

Baxter.

A

peened to

be

the likeliest

courfe

for

the

attainment of

our Defiles,

and

accordingly

was

re-

'elver'

on

:

And

becaufe

we knew

that

many

of

our Brethren in the

Miniftry

differed from

us, we

refobued

to

draw

up

féveral

Propof

to

wherein we

and

they

by

a mutual

Condefcen

tiers

might

agree

as Brethren in

Love

and

Peace to

carry

on

the fame Work,

and

therefore

required nothing

of

them but

what we

proved

by

the

Confèffono

of

the Congregational Bre-

thren

(

their

own

Party

)

to

be

of

lefs

Moment,

and

not

of

abf

lute

Necefitty.

Wherein

(

we urged

)

they

might and

ought to

yield

for

the ChurchesPeace

o

But

our

Endeavours

to

gain

thorn were

frnftrated,

they

were fo refolved

that

they

would not

fo

much or

read

our

Propofalo

and

Reafons. We

therefore

let

about the Work

our

felves, and made

(me

Progrefr in

it

;

by

-this time

we

began

to feel

what we

`expecited

at

the

frit

fitting

out,

viz.

the Rage

and

Malice

of

wicked Men vented in Railings

and

Slanders

on

the

one

hand,

and bitter

Cenfure,and Sufpicionsof

the

Brethren

on

the other. In the

midit of

all this we

receivedyour

Book

as

a

feafonable Refrefóment

o

Our Hands

were much

firengtbned

by

it;

it

was a

great

Encouragement

to us,

to fee

that

other godly

and

learned Men

had walked

much

what

in the fame

Steps,

and had

pleaded our Caufe

alined

by

the fame Arguments

wherewithwe

endeavoured

to

fìrengtben

it.

But z. we

are

hereby

quickned

up to

carry our

Design

higher.

Our

Prop

ftiono for

the Subfiance

of

them

are near

the

fame

with

yours

;

we

agree in

a great part

of

your Difcipline,

our Rules

of

Adm

en

are

competent

Know-

ledge, Unblameablenefl

of

Converfation,

and

affent to

the Covenant

of

Grace, the means

to

carry

it

on

are, the

People, Confem

and

Afficiation

of Miniflers; and

where we differ

from

You, 'Cis

not

becaufe

we

differ

in Opinion, but

becaufe

our People

(

whole

Condition

and

Temper we were forced

to

let

before

to

in framing

our Agreement

) lifer

from

yours.

Hence our

Examination

of

the

Peoples

Knowledge

is

more

general than

yours,

if

we un-

dirftand

you

right in

Prop.

19.

Reg.9.

hence

inflead

of

your

Parifh Apiftantswe areforced

to

make

tile

of

one

anotbero help

in

private Examinations, and

Determination

of

Fitnß

as

well

as in

more

publick Debates

and

Confultations

o

Tet

in two things we

come

:Port

of

your

Agreement :

t.

In

that

we

have

not

as yet

propounded to our People

your height

of

Difci-

pline;

though we never thought ferset

and private

Admonitions

and

Sufßenfion

from the

Sacrament

loch

a

Measure of Difcipline wherein

we might comfortaby

fotiso* our

febues

without

farther

Progrefr

; yet

(.our

Hands

being much

weakened

by

our

Brethren, refufalto

join with

us, our

People

ftubborn,

and

SuJjenfion

from

the

Supper being

apiece

of

Difcipline

that

bath

not

been

here

prailif

d

till

of

late, and

therefore

a

matter

of

greater

Shame.

till

Cullom

(hall

make id

more

common) we

refolved

to propound

and Prallife this ßrFl as an

Effäy to

try

what

Succeß

and

Entertainment

a farther

Difcipline

might find.

For

though

the Fear

of

Peoples

flying

of

and feparating

is

not

by

of

looked upon

as a

sufficient

charge

for

the

negleú and laying

afide

all endeavours

to

reform:

Tet

we

look upon

it

at

a

fufsoient Ground of proceeding

warily.

Though we always

required

Peoples Consent

to

the Terms

of

the Covenant

of

Grace

and

Difcipline,

yet have

we not

been

fo

full

in this as

you.

That

which kept as off

was a fear

of

offending

fame

of

our

Brethren, who

being more

likely to

hear

of

our

Pralice

than

of

the Grounds

and

Reafons

of

it,

might

safely

miflake

our meaning.

But now

the way

of

Difcipline being made more fmootb

both

by

what

we

have

put in

Pralltee alreadyand

by

what

you

have

declared,

we

are

encouraged

in

both

tbefe

Respells to

make

a

farther

Addition to

our

former

Propofals.

Some

things

there are wherein

afarther

Explication

of

your

meaning would

have

been

ve-

rygrateful

to us.

s.

Whether the

blanes of flub

as arefufpended

from theLord's

Supper

and

of

such

as de-

lay or refuse'Cenfent

to

your Difcipline

only

from Dif/atisfaition

about the

matter

of

its

Management, are to

be

excluded

from

Baptifm

?

2. Why you refolve to

exercise

your

Difcipline

upon thofe only

which

teftifle

their

Con-

fine, feeing you acknowledge your

present

Pari(hes

(

before

the

exercise

of

this Difcipline

)

true particular Organized

Churches

ofChriFl;

if

fame

of

thole

whom you

accounted

Mem-

bore

fhouldfy

o

why may they not

be

Sharers in your

Difcipline,

and

upon

their Refusal

cast out,

rather than silently

left out?

3. Why

(if

you

limityour

publick

Cenfareo

and

Admonition

to thole

ono

that

give

ex..

profs

Confem

Prop.

sß.)

you resolve to

censure

the scandalous Sinner

upon

flab

an

Offer

of

Content

as carrieth in

the

Front

of

it

a

lain Refusal

of

your Difcipline

?

Prop.

19.

Reg.

1o.

and bow this will

fond

with

the

fourth andfifth

Realen,

of that

Proposition

in

pag.

.12.

of

the

Explanation?

We

know

that

you

have

of

parpofe

left

many things undetermined,

and that

which

you

have

propounded is

fitted

to the Temper

of

Parifbes in

general, rather than

to

fame

of

yours

in particular,

and

therefore

we

do

not mention

these

as an

Accusation

against your Props-

falo

;

but

for

our

own Advantage

and

Satisfabtion in

cafe

we fhould receive any Letters

from

you.

Y

2

Brethren,

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