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PART

IL

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

",áxter;.

335

ginning, and

becaufe 1artictìlars may be

anfwered

fatisfaâorily

in

a

Few

Words,

when the General Differences are fully cleared:

t88.

By

this time

ourCommiftion

was

almoft expired, and therefore our

Bre.

thren

were eargeftly defirous

of

perfonal Debates

with them, upon the

Papers

put

in

to

try how much Alteration they

would yield

to

:

Therefore we

fent

to the Bit

shops

to

defire

it

of

them

;

and at lait they

yielded

to

it,

whéh we had bht

Ten

Days more to treat.

§

189.

When we met them, Idelivered them the Anfwer

of

their former Papers

(the

largenefs

of

which I

faw difpleafed

them)

and they received

it.

And

we ear

-

nettly

preft them

to

fpend

the little time remaining infuchpacifying Conference

as

tended

to the ends

which

are

mentioned in the King'sDeclaration and Commiffi-

on,

and told them,

that

fach Difputes which they had

called

us

to

by their manner

of

Writing, were not the

thing

which we defiled or thought molt conducing to

-thole

ends.

$

19o.1

have reafon

to think that the Generality

of

the

Bithops

and Do

&ors

pre-

Tent

never knew what we offeredthem in the reformed Liturgy,

nor

in this

Reply,

nor in

any

of

our

Papers,

fave

thofe few

which

we read openly

to them. For

they were put

up and carried away, and

I

conje&ure fcarce

any

but

the

Writers

of

their Confutations

would be at the

Labour

of

reading them

over. And

I

remem-

ber

in

the

midit of our

laft Difputation, when I drew out the

(hors

Preface

to

this

talc

Reply

(which Mn

Cslamy

wrote, to enumerate

in

the

beginning

before

their

Eyes,

many

of the

groffeft

Corruptions which they

flifly

defended

and

refu-

fed

to reform) the Company

was

more

afhamed

and

filent,

than

at any

thing

elfe

that

I had

Paid

;

by

which

I

perceived

that they had

never read or heard that very

Preface, which was

as

an Epiftle to

themfelves

:

Yea, the chief of them confer.

fed when

they

bid me read

ir,

that

they knew no fuch thing

:

So

that it

kerns

be-

fore they knew what

was

in them, they

refolved to

rejeet our Papers,

right or

Wrong,

and

to

deliver

them

up

to

their Contradi

&ors.

;9t.

When we

carne

to our

Debates,

I

firft

cravedo£ them their Animadverfi-

ons

on our Additions, and Alterations

of

the Liturgy, which

we had put

in

long

before; and

that they

would tell

us

what they allowed,

or

difallowed

in

them,

that we might

have the ufe

of them

according

to

the Words in the King's Declara-

tion and Commif ion. But

they

would

not

by any

Importunity

be

intreated at

all

to

debate that,

nor to

give

any of their Opinions

about thofe Papers.

There

were no Papers

that

ever

we

offered

them that

had

the Fate

of

thofe: Though it

was

there

that

Tome

of

them thought to have found

recriminating matter

of Ex-

ceptions :

yet

could we

never prevail

with them to

fay

any thing about them

its

Word or Writing

;

but once

Bithop

Morley

told

us

of

their

length,

to which

I

an-

fwered

that we

had told

them in

our

Preface,that we were ready

to

abbreviate

any

thing which

on

debate

fhould

appear too long

;

but that the Purity

of

the Pray-

ers made

the ordinary

Lord's day

Prayers far

Ironer

than

theirs.

And

lince wehad

given our Exceptions

againft

theirs,

if

they would neither

by

Word

nor Writing

except againft ours,

nor yet

give

their Content

to

them, they

would

not honour

their

Caufe

or

Conference. But all

couldnot extort either

Debates

on that

Subjea,

or

any Reprehenfions

of

what

we had offered

them.

Nor

have

they

fine

to this

Day,

in any

of their

Writings

(

which ever

I

could

fee

or hear

of)

laid

a Word

in

way

of

Exception

again!

thofe Papers

:

Yea, when

Roger

L'Eflrange

himfelf wrote

(according to

his

manner)

a

malicious Inve&ive againft

our

leverai Papers,

when

they were afterwards printed, he could

find

little

to

fay

againft our Liturgy, but

that

we

left

it

to the Liberty

of

the Minifter in

feveral Cafes,

to

pray

[

in

tbefe

Word,,

or to

this Senfe].

And

is

that

all

the fault (betides the

Length

foremention

ed)

?

Did theynot know

that it

belongeth to the

Prelates,

and not to loch

as

we,

to deprive Men of their Liberty in praying?

If

they had

defired

it, how

eafy

bad

it

been

for them to

have dafht

out

that

one

Glade [or

to this

Senfe]?

and

then

it

had been beyond their Exception. What meafure

of Liberty

Minifters

(hall have,

it

is

not we, but they that mutt determine.

§

x92.

When they

had calf

out that part

of

our

defired

Conference', our next

bufinefs

was

to

delire

them by friendly Conference, to

go

over the Particulars

which we excepted againft, and to

tell

us

how much they could abate, and

what Alterations they could yield to. This Bilhop

Reignolds

oft

preft them

to,

and

fo did

all

the

re

of

us

that

fpake.

But they refolutely infifted

on

it, that

they

had

nothing to do

till we had proved

that

there

wasany

neceftìry

of

Alterati-

on, which we had not yet done

; and

that they

were there ready

to

anfwer

to our

Ptçlofs:

We

urged

them

again and again

with the

very Words

of

the King's Decla-

ration