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P

A

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T

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

333

OD

LoFb false

tijio

Woman

tut)

añicb

puttetb bet

trufE

in

time

Laß

Rubrick.

Ebbe

Womantbbat

comelt

togibe

eLballho,muff

offer

tbeateuftometi

9'ffering.

The

fame

Rubrick.

.án1í

if

Ogre

be

a Communion,

it

10

conbeniettt,

that

iïje

teteíbe

tije

olr Communion.

It

may

fall

out

that a woman

may

come to give thanks for a Child born

in

Adultery or Fornication, and therefore

we

delire

that

fómeth,ing may be

re

-.

quired

of

her by way

of

Profellion

of

herHumiliation,

as

well

as

of

her

Thankf

giving.

This

may teem

too

like

a

Jewifh Pu-

rificatión,rather than

aChrißian

Thankf

-

gibing.

We

delire

this may be

interpreted

of

the duly

qualified

;

for

a

fcandalous Sin-

ner may

come to make this

Thankf

giving.

Thus

babe

we

in

all

humble

piarfuance

of

his

Majeßy's molt

gracious Endeavours

for the publick weal

of

this

Church, drawn up our Thoughts and

Delires

in

this

weighty

Affair,

which we humbly offer to

his Majefty's

Commilitoners

fot

their

ferious and grave

Confideration, wherein we

have

not the

Leath

thought

of

depra-

ving or reproaching the Book

of Common Prayer,

but

a fincere

delire

to

contri-

bute

our Endeavours towards the Healing the Dißempers, and

(as fools

as

may

be)

'reconciling the Minds of Brethren. And inafmueh

as

his

Majefty

bath

in

his

gra-

cioús

Declaration and Commillîon mentioned new Forms to be made and fated to

the

feveral

Parts of

Worfhip

s

We have made

a

confiderable progrefs

therein, and

Ihall

(by

God's alii

lance)

offer

them

to

the Reverend Commiffioners

with

all

convenient

fpeed.

And

if

the Lord

thall gracioufly pleafe

to

give aBlefling

to

there

our

Endeavours, we doubt

not

but

the

Peace

of the Church

will be

thereby fetled,

the

Hearts

of

Minillers and People comforted and compofed

,

and the great Mer-

cy of Unity and Stability

(to

the immortal Honour of our molt

dear

Soveraign

)

bellowed upon

us

and our

Poßerity

after ul.

.

§

175.

When the Exceptions againß the

Liturgy

were

finilhed,

the Brethren oft

read overthe

Reformed

Liturgy which I

offered them.

At

firß they

would

have

had no Rubrick or

Direâory,

but

bare Prayers,

becaufe

they

thought our Commif-

fion allowed

it

not:

That

at tail

they yielded to the

Reafons

which

I

gave them,

and

refolved

to takethem

in. But first

to offer

the

Bithops

their

Exceptions.

§

176.

At

this

time

was

the Convocation

chofen

:

fortill now

it

was

deferred.

Had it

been called when the

King

came

in, the inferiour

Clergy would have been

againß the Diocefan and Impofing way

:

But

afterwards

many hundreds were

turned out that

all

the

old fequeßred

Minifters might come in. And the

Opinion

of Reordination

being fet afoot, all

thofeMinißers, that

for

Twenty

years toge-

ther, while

Bithops were laid afide, had been

Ordained without

Diocefans, were

in

many Countreys denied any Voices

in the

Eleâion of

Clerks for

the Convocati-

on

:

By all

which

means,

and

by the

Scruples

of

abundance

of

Minifters,

who

thought it

unlawful to

have

any

thin

to do in

the

choofing

of

fuch a kind

of

Af-

fembly,

the Diocefan Party wholly carried it

in

the Choice,

§

177.

In

London

the

Eleâion

was

appointed to

be

in Chrifl's Church,

on

the

Second day

of

May

(166x). The

London

Minifters

that

were

not yet ejeâed

proved

the major Vote againß the Diocefan

Party,

and when

I

went to

have

joyn-

ed with them, they fent

to me not to

come,

as

they did

alfo

to Mr.

Calamy

,

and

(without

my knowledge) they

chofe

Mr.

Calamy

and me for

London.

But they

carried

it

againft

the other Party but by

Three

Voices: And the Bithop

of

London

having the

power

of

choofing

Two

out of Four

(or

Four out

of

Six)

that

are

chofenby the Minifters

in

a

certainCircuit, did

give

us

the

great

ufe

of

being both

left

out,

and

fo

we were

excufed,

and

the City

of

London

had

no Clerk in the

Convocation.

How

thould

I

havebeen

there

baited, and

what

a vexatious place

Ihould

I

have had in

fach

a

Convocation

!

§

178: