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The Preface

to

the

Reader.

Of

his

Appeals

to God

for

the

Sincerity of

his

Defigns

and

Heart,

from fome

who

have heard him make them

as

they

have

credibly told me

:

Of

his

Encouragement

of, ferious Godlinefs,

and

of

the great Difcouragement which Irreligion and

Pro

-

phanenels and Debauchery

ever

met

with

from him.

Thefe Things

were good

and

great.

But from

what

Principles they came, and by

what right from God and

Man they

were

his

Re&oral Province, and to what ultimate End

he

really did di-

re& them

;

there

Things require

deeper

Thoughts than

mine, in order to

a

fober

Judgment

on them. It

is

more than

I

can

do to vindicate his

Right to

Govern,

and to

behead our

King, and

to keep out another

but

I

am alway glad

of

any thing which

may allay

the Guilt of Men

:

though

I

had

rather

find

no

Guilt

(nor

any

appearance or

fulpicion

of

it) that

(hall

need

Charity

or

Induftry

to ex-

tenúate or

allay it.

God

giant

there Kingdoms greater

Careand Wifdomfor time

to come

:

and

calk

us

to

fit

peaceably, orderly, obediently,fùbmiffively and thank-

fully

under

the

gracious

Government

of King

William

our

prefent rightfifl

and

law-

ful Soveraign, in

great Mercy to there Kingdoms

,

whom may

the

molt

high

God

long preferve, condu

&,

and greatly profper.

(

6.

)

As

to the

Relatives and

under

Agents

of

Oliver

Cromwell,

1

offer there

things:

s.

The

Author

would

not

charge

themwith

what they never did.

a.

Their

Difadvantages

through the Exi-

gencies; Influences, and

Temptations

of

their Day ought to

be well

confidered

left otherwife

Men

be

intemperate and

exceflìve

in their

cenforious Refle &ions ois

them..

Things now

appear

(

perhaps)

in

a

far

clearer Light

than heretofore:

;.

lnftant

Necelfities may

admit

of

greater Pleas

:

and

Men

at

a

greater

diftance

may not

fo fitly judge

of

prefent

Duty or Expediency. And

4.

there

is

undoubtedly

fuck

a

thing

as

interpretative

Faithfulnefs and Sincerity,

which

fo

far cheers Mens

'hearts, and

fpirits refolution

and'appeals to God

,

although the Principles

which

bear Men up herein may

be, and frequently are erroneous, and

but

meer Milìakes.

5.

We know not

all

that Men can

fay,

when

calmly

heard and fairly dealt

with,

for their own cenfirréd A&ions, by

way

of

Apology or Defence.

6.

We

mufcon-

fider

our own

(elvesas

in

this

World

and Body ; and

as

liable to equivalent

( if

not

the fame) Dangers and Temptations.

The

fence and

provident reach

of

that

Di-

vine

Advice, Gal.

6.

n. is

vaflly great,

and greatly ulèful and

would

prevent

rigid

Conitm

&ions

if

well attended to.

7.

Oliver Cromwef's

Progeny

(thofe that are

yet

alive

)

are chargeable

no further

with

his

Crimes than

they

are approved

by

them

:

and

this

I

never heard

them

charged

with

since

6e.

I know

them not

:

but

nave

been told that they are ferious, peaceable

, ulèful

,

commendable Perlons,

and make

a

lovely

Figure

in

their

refpeelive,

though more private

Stations.

8.

As

to Dr.

Owen,

r.

It

is

too

well

known

(to

need

my

proof)

how great

his

Worth

and Learning

was.

How

loft and peaceable

his

Spirit, for

many

of

his

laft

years,

if

credible

Fame

bely

him not. And

perrar''a

in

maim

mendax

fama. He

was

indeed

both

a burning

and

a finning

Light.

2. As

to the

Wallingford

-Houfe Affair, and

the

Doetor's

Hand

therein;

our Reverend Author

confidered

him and others

as to.

what

he

thought culpable,

and

orpernicidus Confequence

and fcandalous'

Report

and Influence,

as

to both the

prefent

and

fucceeding

Ages.

He

had

no Perlima!

Prejudice

againR

him or

others. But

as

bosh

Church

and State were

diforderly

endangered and

affe&ed by

what

was

there

confùlted and done

;

lb Mr.Baxrer

did

fo

much relent the

thing,

as

to think

it

fit

to

be

recorded

,

and accented

with

fit

aggravations;

as

a

Remonfrance

to the

Crime,

and

as a

Warning to theChriftiata

World.

And

he

is

not the only

Perfon who Lath believed, noticed and

blamed

that Matter.

But

that

the

Doctor

is

is

bra

great Matter's jots ,

is

what our Author

Lath reported,

his

very

firm

perfwafion of, in print.

9. As

to our Brethren

the

fide/mile/ants, 'tis

true

that

no mean Ferment

appears

to have been upon the

Author's

Spirit. But

(r.)

is

he sharper upon

them

,

then on the

Presbyterian,, AnabapriFts,

Prelates,

where

bethought

or found them culpable

?

(2. )

What Party did our

Author

wholly

fide

with?

(3

)

What

bofom Friend did

he

ever

fpare

wherein he

found him

reprehenfible

?

(4.)

He

was fo

intent upon Orthodox Do&rines, Ca-

tholiek

Union, Chrifian

Concord and

Behaviour, and Peaceable Ufefulnefs

and

Converfàtion

amoggf

all

Proteft

ants,

and upon avoiding

Divifions amongft

Chrift's

Followers,

as

that

whatever

obffruaed

there

Concerns,

he was

impatient of

,

and

warm

againR.

Truth,

Peace, and

Love,was he a Votary ro, and

Martyr

for

:

and

hereunto did he devote molt

of

his Life

and Labours,

Dicam

good

res

eil. It

is

fèandalous

that there

fhould be Divifions, Dillances,

Animofties

and

Contentions,

amongft Chriftians, Protellants, Diffenters, againR each

other,

and in

the

Bowels

of

each Party. But much

hereof

arifes from

unhappy Tempers,

Self

ignorance,

Confidence

and Inobfervance,

want of

frequent, patient, and calm Conterenceanci

im-