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334

177e

LIFE

ofthe

I.IB.

I,

§

178.

The

fourth day

of

May,

we had

a

meeting with the

Bifhops, where we

gave

in our Paper

of

Exceptions to them

;

which they

received.

§

r79.

The

feventh day

of

May was

a

Meeting

at

Sian-

GoRedge

of

all

the

London

Minifters, for the choice

of

a

Prefident and

A(Gftants

for the next Year

t

where

(Come

of

the Presbyterians upon

a

pettifh Scruple abfenting themfelves) the

Dioce-

fandParty carried it,

and

fo

got

the

Poffeflion and

Rule

of

the Colledge.

§

r80.

The

eighth

day of

May

the new Parliament and Convocation fit

down,

being conftimted

of

Men

fitted and

devoted

to the

Diocefan Intereft.

§

18r.

On

the

two

and twentieth

day

of

May, by

order

of

Parliament,

the Na-

tional Vow and Covenant

was

burnt

in the Street, by

the Hands of the

common

Hangman.

§

182.

When

the.

Brethren came to examine the

reformed

Liturgy,

and

had

oft

read

it over, they part

it

at

laut

in

the

fame Words

that I

had

written it,

fave

only

that

they

put

out

a

few Lines

in

the

Adminiftration

of

the Lord's

Supper,

where the Word

Offering

was ufed ; and

they put

out a

Page of

Reafons

for Infant

Baptifh,, which had annexed to

that

Office,

thinking it

unneceffary ;

and they

put

the larger Litany into an Appendix

as

thinking

it

too long

; and Dr.

Wallis

was

defired

todraw

up

the Prayer

for

the

King, which

is

his Work

(being after

fome-

what

altered by us).

And we

agreed

to put

before

it

a

fhört

Addrefs

to the

Eifhops,

profeffng our

readinefs in Debates

to

yield

to the Ihottning

of

any thing

which

Ihould

be

too long, and

the altering

of

any

thing that

Ihould be

found

amifi.

§

181.

And

becaufe

I

forefaw

what

was like

to be

the end

of

our Conference,

I

defired the Brethren

that we might

draw

up

a plain

and earnelt Petition to

the

Bilhops,to yield

to

(uch

Terms

of

Peace and Concord

as

they themfelves did

confefs

to

be lawful to

be

yielded to

:

For

though we are

equals

in

the King'sCommilron,

yet

we are commanded

by

the Holy Ghoft,

If

it

be

poble,

and

as much as in

as lietb

to

live

peaceably

with

all

men, Rom,

ix.

18.

and

to

fallow

peace

with

all

men, Heb. au.

14. and

if

we were denied,

it

would fatisfyour

Confciences, and juftify

us

before

all

the World, much more

than

if

we only

difputed for

it

:

However we

might

this way have

that opportunity to

produce our Reafons for Peace, which

elfe we

were not

like

to

have.

5

184.

This Motion

was accepted,

and

I

was

defired

to draw up the

Petition,

whichI

did, and it

was

examined, and with

a

Word or two

of

Alteration

confent-

ed to.

18y.

When

we met

with

the

Bifbops

to deliver in thefe

Papers,

I

was required

to

deliver them

;

and

if

it

were

po(lible,

to get Audience

for

the Petition

before

all the Company.

I told

them,

that

though wowere

Equals in

the prefent

Work,

and

our appointed

bufenell

was

to treat, yet

we were confcious Ofour Place and Du-

ty,

and had

drawn

up

a

Petition to them, which, though

fomewhat long,

I

'nimbly

craved

their Confent

that

I

might

read

it

to them.

Some were

againit it,

and

f

they would

have been generally

if

they had known what

was

in

it;

but

at laft they

yielded to

it

:

But

their Patience

was

never

fo

put to it by

us,

as

in hearing

fo

long,

and ungrateful

a

Petition. When

I

had read it, Dr.

Gunning

beginneth

a

long and

vehement Speech againft it

:

To

which when became to the

end,

I replyed

:

But

I

was

interrupted in the

midi}

of

my Reply

and

was

fain to bear it, becaufe they

bad bean patient

(with

much ado)

fo

long

before.

t86. I

delivered them

the Petition when I had

read

it,

and with

it a fair Copy

of

our reformed

Liturgy,

called [Additional

Forms

and

Alterations]

of

theirs. And

they

received

both, and

fo

we

departed.

Our

fold

Writings are too long to

be

here

infected.

187.

After

all

this,

when the

Bilhops

were to have fent

us

two

Papers, one of

their

Concefhons how

much

they

would alter

of

the Liturgy

as

excepted againit,

and the

other of their Acceptance of our

offered

Forms, or Reafonsagainft

them,

initeaia

of

both

thefe, a good while after,

they

fent

us

fach

a

Paper

as

they

did

be-

fore,

of

their Reafonings againft

all

our Exceptions, without any

Abatements or

Alterations at

all

that are

worth the

Naming. Our Brethren

feeing what

they

were

refòlved

to bring

it

too, and how unpeaceably they managed the

Bufinefs,

did

think

heft

to

write them

a

plaits

Anfwer to their

Paper,

and not to

fupprefs

it

as

we had dune

by the Firlt. This

Task

alfo

they impofed

on

me, and

L

went

out of.

Town

to Dr.

Spur/law's

Houk

in

Hackney

for Retirement, where

in

eight

Days time I drew

up,a

Reply to their Anfwer to

our

Exceptions;

and the

Bre-

thren

read

it and contented

-to

it

;

only wifhed

that it

had been

larger in

the

lat-

terend,

where

I

had purpulely been brief, becaufe

I

had

been too large

igtthie

be