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P

A

R.

T

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

165

fskncing

fame).

They

do

in fame

neighbour Counties zealoufly preach

again;

us,

and

cry

down

our

way as

formal and deluf

ry;

making

the

People

believe

that

we make

a

Parißi

and

a

Church

all

one,

and that

to

cafl themout

of

the Church is to

call them

out

of

the

Parsfb;

and that

we take

in

all

that will

come,

be

they

never fo

bad

:

Though

we have

fully told

them

that

we are

taking

in

none,

but difcerning

who' are

in;

and

fhall ca

ft

out

all

whom

they

can prove

fit

to

be

oar

out. Some

Brethren

all

of

founder

f

udgments,

do

rand

at

a

defiance,

and will

not

come

amongfl us,

to

tell

en

the

Reafans

of

it.

Some

in

other

Counties,

that

are

zealous to promote the Work,

do meet

with

fo much

oppofition,

tergiver-

fatien, and

dileouragement,

that

we bear

it

es

like

to binder

it

with

them.

Argo

we

find

not

that

love

and

inclination in

the exaff

crated port

of

tbe Epifeopal Brethren,

as

might

be

expeaed from the

Sons

of

Peace.

But

the

greateft

difeouragement

with

w

is

from

our

People

:

for

though through the mercyofGod

divers of

us

have

encouragement

yet

in

melt

placer the

Multitude

bold

off,

and

wì11

not

own us. And thougb

God fo orders

it,

that

the worfl

do

generally

keep

f

tbemfelees,

and

few

but Men feeming

to

fear

God

do

:me,

with

us, yet fame

fewof

the

molt

zealous

of

our People,

ire

fonte places,

do

.bold

off,

as

diking

the

broadnß of

.our

way.

We

find

it

ei

not

only

in

Doh(rinals, but

Pradicals,

that

mot(

are

for

the

Extreams,

and

the mean pleafoth

few,

but

is

confuted

of

both.

No

Party

will

come

to us,

unle

we

will

reject aß other

Parties,

but

thorn.

It

is

in

Chore

dif

engagedChriflfans,

that

are truly Catholick,

and

are the

Servants

of

Chrifl

and

not

of

Men,

and that

love

their Brethren asCbriftians,\

and

not

chiefly

as

of

their Party,

that

the

great

hope

of

our

Succeedotbconft/(

o

Though

(mart

Experience may

pofbly

recover fosse

of

the

reff. Our

hopes

depending

in

thee

doubtful

rate,

we

give thanks

to

God,

that

he

addetb

fomewbat

to our

encouragement

by

you.

We

adventured

not rafhly

on

what

we

have

done.

It

is

near a

year

and

half

rnce

we

began our Confultationr. Our

Profefon

was

perufed

by.

Bifhep

Ulher

and

others :

Our

Propofttions

fcand

by

man

far

and

near

:

and all

was

altered

in

them

that

any

of

them were

offended

at.

Tee

it

es

far

from

our

Expeelations

that

all

fhossld

jayn

only on

our

Terms

o

Could

we get

them to Confultations

for

Unity and

Reforma-

tion,.

and

to

hold

on

till

they

did fumed,

we

had

our defire.

But

indeed wefeefuch

exceed

-

ing

eli

forence

in

Mens Apprehenfions,

and

fuch

addiaedneß

to

their Party in

too

many,

and

filch

a

loabnef

in

others

to

d/leafe

the

People,

er weaken their own Intere/( in them ,

and

hazard part

of

their maintenance

that

comes

from them

that

we

do expect

this

Work

gourd

go heavily

on

;

and

if

it

prove otherwife,

we

Moll

of

rite

it

to the meer

good

pleafure

ofGod

and

bee

extraordinary

bleffing

o

for

no

doubt

but

all

theforce

will

be

rail

d againfl

it,

that

theinterefl of Satan in

the ungodly, the heretical

Dividers,

the

dark

imperfect

Saints,

can

procure.

But

though

our

greater

Comforts

would

lye

in

the

Stecceß

(becaufe we work

-not

for

-our

Elves,

but

for

God

and

bis

Church)

yet

we

find

very much

in

our

upright Endea

-,

vours.

Indeed we

have

Experience

of

mach fweetnefr

in

the

Work

:

Our very Thoughts

and

Speeches

and

Confeltatiom

of

Peace

are fweet.

That

our

Mindsfhould

be hereby

occafoned

to dwell fo

_much

en

jach

a

bleed

Subject,

we find a

great

advantage

to our

own Soule;

it

much compolth

and

calmetb our

Minds, and

killeth the contrary Corruptions,

and

dfofetb

elite

love

and

tenderise, to

our

Brethren

: So

that

were

wefare

to

have

no

other

Seacceß,

we

have

a

plentiful Reward.

As our

rudies of

Heaven, andpreaching

of

it

to- our

Peo-

ple,

eecafsaneth

loch faretef(s

that

are

worth

our

labeur

a

thoufand

fold

,

fo de the

fludies

and

attempts

for

Peace.

Brethren,

our

hearts

defire

is,

that as

the

Lord bath

let

fall

on

you

,

forme

of

the

fame Spirit

of

Peace

, as

on

no bee

unworthy

Servants, that

you

would

joyn

with

w at

the

Throne

of

Grace

in

profecutien

of

this Deftgn,

and

follow

it

bard

with

God

and

Men,

and

let us be

minded

of

yen

in

thofe

your

Addreffes to God

,

not only'

as

Cbririans,

as you

do

others,

but

in f¢ecial

as

Peace-

makers

,

that

we may

proffer

in this

Work,

and

the

Lord would

call

in the

Spirit of

Divifsan,

and

command down

thole Wmde

and Waver

that

bave threatned

the

ruin

of

hit dirrefféd

Church; and we

hope

the Lord

will

help

en

to

be

mindful

all

of

you. Truly,

it

is

fweeter

treating with

God

than

with

Men.

Ter

both

mull

be done.

And as we

delire

to refill.

all

Temptations

to

Dfondency,

fe

we

hope

that

the

Lord will

enable you to

break over difeouraging

Oppofstions,

with

fuch

fixed

victorious. Refolution

as

becomes

Men

that

are engaged

info fweet a

Work,

and

honou-

red

to

be

Leaders underfo

faithful,

omnipotent,

and

vittorioso a

General.

Tou

love not the

Work

of

Piety in

general ever the werfe

for

appofitios;

nor

would you

furceafe

as

difcou-

raged

thoughyou

had

met

with

more.'

Let

it

be

fo a

to

in particular

for

Unity

and

Refor-

mation.

We/hall next

give

you

our

Anfwer to your threeQuef(ions.

t.

As we

did

parpofely

leave

the

firs. Que/ion unref

lved,

fo we are loth

to

put the

Que{(ien to

any

one

Affeciation,

muck

lee

to

all ;

left

weeither agree not, or agree in Points

that

may binder

the Work, when

we

orefee

the

certain difagreement

of

ethers.