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II.

Reverend

Ain

Richard

Baxter.

307

¡:Note

that the method

of

theLitany and

generalPrayers,is

according to the Direeti-

on

of

the

Lord's

Prayer,

of which and the

Ten

Commandments

it

is

a

Commenta-

ty. The

firft

Commandment

£alleth

in

with the Preface, and the three

firft

Peti-

tions

of

the Lord's Prayer

:

All

the other

Commandments, with the

Evangelical

Precepts, come in under the

third Petition;

Thy Will

de

done

;

and then

I

proceeded

the other

three Petitions and the Conclufion. Doubdefs the Lord's Prayer

is

the

molt

perf"e&

method for

univerfal

Prayer or

holy Delires,

that

can be

poffibly in-

vented,

4

t74. When

I

brought my Draught to the Brethren,

I

found them

but

entring

on

their Work

of

Exceptions againft

the

Common

-

Prayer, and

fo

I

was

fain to lay

by mine above

a

Fortnight longer,

till

their

work

wasdone

:

In which divers

of

them took their Parts.

The

chiefAetorsin that

part. were, Dr.

Reignoldi,

Dr.Wal-

lis,

Mr.

Calamy,

Mr.

Newcomen,

Dr.

Bates,

Mr.

Clarke,

Dr..7acamb, &c. Dr.

Hor-

ton

never came among

us

at

all,

nor

Dr.

'randy

(alledging

his

backwardtiefs to'fpeak,

though

he had been the

Do

&or

of the

Chair in

Cambridge

)

nor

Dr.

Lightfoot

but.

,..

r

.

once or

twice;

nor

Mr.

Woodbridge

but twice

or

thrice

(dwelling

far

off):

Mr,;;,

Clarke

brought

in

that

large

Enumeration

of

Corruptions in the Liturgy recited

in''"

the

Abridgment

of

theLincolnfhire

Ministers;

but it

was

refuted,,

becaufe

we'would

be

as

little

querulous,

as

poffible,

left

it fhould

offend,

and hinder our

defired

Ac-

¡

commodation and what

Paffages

foever

feemed

to

make the

Common.Prayer

-

Book

odious, or favour

of

Spleen

and Paffion, they

did reje& whoever offered

them

My principal

Bufinefs

was

to keep

out

fuch Accufations

as

would

not

bear 'weight,

and to

reprefs

the Opinions

of

one

of

the Brethren

(

who came from far, and

fo

came

not

till

late

among

us)

who

was abfolutely

againft

all parts

of

the Common

-.

--

Prayer,

becaufe

they had

been ufed by

Papilla to Idolatry. And

I

drew up fuch

Faults

as

inperuing

the Common-PrayerBook it

fell,

did occur to

me and

which

were

they

which

I

molt

difliked

in

the Forms

;

being not

fo

much

offended with,

fome

other things,

as

fouie others were

:

But the Brethren reduced

it'

to

a

few

brief

Exceptions in general, and

would not

by fo

particular an Enumeration

of

Faults

provokethofe

that

we had

todo with (which I

mifliked

not).

But

from the begin.

ing

I

told them

that

I was

not

of

their Mind who

charged the

Common

-

Prayer

with

falfe

Do&rine, or Idolatry,

or

falfe

Worfhip in

the Matter or

Subitanee,

nor

that

took

it

to

be a

Worfhip which

a

Chriftian might not

lawfully

join in, when he

had not

Liberty and Abilityfor better

:

And

that

I

always

took the Faults

of the

Common Prayer to

be chiefly

Di(order

and Defeilivenef

:

and

fo

that it

was a

true

Worfhip, though

imperfe&

;

and Imperfe&ion

was

the Charge

that we had againft

II

it

(confidered

as

diftin&

from

the Ceremonies and Difcipline).

I

looked at

it

as

at

thePrayers

of

many

a

weakChriftian that I

have

heatd,who prayed withDiforderand

Repetitions and

unfit Exprefflons

:

I

would

not

prefer fuch

a

weak

Chriftian ití

Prayer

before a

better;

but

yet

if I

feparated

from fuchan one, or thought it un-

lawful

to

join with

him,

I

fhould be finfully

Curious and Uncharitable. And

I

¡

think

this

was

the Mind

of

all

our Brethren,

fave

one,

as

well

as

mine

:

And

old

j

Mr.

Alb

hath often

told

us,

that

this

was

theMind

of

the old Nonconformifts,

and

i

that

he

hath

often heard fome weak Ministers

fo

diforderly in

Prayer,

efpecially

its

t

Baptifm and,the Lord's Supper,

thathe

could have wilh'd that they would rather

ufts

i+

the Common.Prayer.

Yet when we

defired

the Reformation

of it,

efpecially

at a

time when the

PeoplesHearts were

fo

much

fee

again;

it,

I

thought

it

belt to

open;

the true Diforders

that they might be

reformed.

The Paper

which

I

offered,

and

.

we

laid

by,

left

it

Ihould offend

them,

was this

following.

R

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The