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64

The

L

I

E

E

o

f

the

,

L

B.

ya

Brethren,

pray

form

:

we dwell in the

midfb

of

Oppofition,

and

as

it

will

be

our

greet

Ploy

to hear

that

the Wink dotb proper in yourbands

:

fo

fball

webe

earneft

with

the

Lord

for a

Billing

upon

your

Endeavour,.

Thee

refb

Penrith,

Cumberland,

Sept.

r. 1653.

Your unworthy

Fellow Labourers

in the Work

of

the Gofpel,

Ri. Gilpin

Paftor

at Grayitoek.

John

Makmillane

Pulsar

at Odenhafl

Roger Baldwin

Minifter

ofPenrith.

John

Billingfley Mini/ter of

Addinghanr.

Elilha

Bouette Minifter

of

Skelton.

John

Jackfon

Paftor

ofHutton.

Thomas

Turner

Preacher

of

the Gape!.

For the Reverend our much elteemed Brother Mr.

Richard Barter,

and

the rest

of

the AffociatedMinifters in the County

of

Wcrce-

fier, Thefe.

To

this

Letter we return'd

the

following 'Anfwer.

Reverend and BelovedBrethren

WVY

E

receivedyour Lettore,

with

love

and

gladereß,-

as

for

their

favour of

Piety

in

general,

fo

of

Peaceablenoand Zeal for

Unity in f/ecial, which

we-'

have now

learned

to

take,

not

as a

feparable Accident

of

true Religion, but as

an

Ef

ntial

part.

We-

have

reverent Thoughts

of

many Brethren

far

their

Angular

worth and

work

,

who

yet

for

their

Attivity

in

dividing

ways

,

are the

griefof

our

-Soule

: We

further

honour many-

use

abhorringfuch

Ways,

and

being

no

Friend; to

airy

Dividing

Principles,

nor

attive

either

as Leaders

or Followers

in

the promoting them, who yet are

fo

pefvely

and

pafonatelly

on-

peaceable,

in an impatient Entertainment

of

every Diffenter

, and

making the

lef/ér

Errours

of

their Brethren

to

feem

Herefies,

if

not

Truths

to feem

Erreur,,

and putting

inch- odious

Conftrudlians

on

their

Opinioni

and

Pra/lices, that

they do thereby

make their godly

and

peaceable

Brethrenfeem Firebrand,

or

Mon"ere to

be

avoided

or contemned i

and

fo

affright

Men

into difenien

and

difaffeítion. We

yet

more honour

many who are

more

free

both

from

aPPlive

and-pafve

unpeaceableneß,

who yet

do

fathfie

their

Confaienero

with

this much

i

but

while

they

exclaim

againft

Divi

/lone, do

little

for

the healing them. But

too

(mall

is the-

member

of

fuch as you, who are up

and

doing in

thin

healing work.

Tour

Names,

dear

Brethren,

are

doubly precious to

su,

RS

are yaw

Lives.

We

have

many helpers in other

Work,

of

Piety

;

but

too

few

in this.

Indeed,

we

are following an the Work

as

being con-

fedotes

of

our

duty, but

concerning

the Succeßwe are between

hope

and fear.

Among

our

feline in this

County,

God

bath

fte-angely

facilitated

all,

and

fatasfied molt

of

thole

that

from

faithful

in

hisWork

,

on

the

Termo

which

we

bave

publifhed

:

We

bearalfo

that in ma-

ny other Counties

they

are

furred

up to

Confultations

for

tbefe

Ends

;

and

we perceive

that

the

Excellency

and Necefty

of

Unity,

Peace,

and

[me

Reformation,

is

a

little

more

obf

r

ved

than it bath

been heretofore

e

and that

Goebbegins to

difgrace Diviftons,

and

to

put

a

zealfor

Reconciliation into many

of

his

Minifters. Alfa we have madefame Attempts

with

fome

Brethren of another

County,

where are

fome Men

of great

Learning

and

Piety,

that

are

of

the Epifcopal

way

i

and

we

found

them net

only

much approving the Work, but

for-

ward

to promote

it with

the

refs

of

their Neighbour Minifters. Ourgodly

people

alfotbrough'

God's

great

mercy,

are almoft all very

traitable

to, yea and

rejoice in

the Work.

Thefe

tbings

give

us

hope,

that

God

it

about the

Reftoringof

his People,

and that

be is

kindling

that Zeal

fer

Unity and

Reformation which (hall

overcome the

Fire

of

Contention

that barb

been

waftingus

fo

long.

And

O

that

we

were as

fore

that

this Workfhould proper, as we

are

that

it

is

priceptively

of

God!

For

our

parto,

we

cannot

think that

God

u

building

his

Church,

tillwe

fee

him bring the

Materials

nearer together,

and

providing

Cement

for

a

fitded Combination.

Of

which as

we have

theft

ground,

of

hope,

fo

bave we

much caufe

of

trouble

and

fear,

both

from

the backwardneß

of

Peon

and

People

to

the Work.

For

we

under/tan

l from

other

parts

bow

beartleß

fame are to

fetch

a

Work

i and

how

avert

taafe are

that

are

deeply

engaged already in

Parties

!

We bear not

of

thole. hearty

inclinati-

on

to Peace,

in

the

party

wbofe

averfneß

you

mention,

as

wodoped is have

done,

'when we

eefo

near them as

we

do

;

not

crefng, that

we know

of, any

of

their Principles, (though

f,lencing

_J