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366

The

LIFE

of

the

L

I

B.`I.

To

the

King's

molt

Excellent

Majefty:

Tf.e due Account

and

humble

Petition

of

ua

Miniftersofthe Gofel-

-lately

Commifonedfor

the

Review

andAtteration of the Liturgy.

May

it

pleaJeyouur

Majefty

;

Wen

this

diftempered Nation, wearied with

its

own Contentions and

Di.

vifions,

did groan for

Unity

and Peace, the wonderful Providence

of

the

molt

RighteousGod appearing for

the

remodàl

of

Impediments

,

their

Eyes

were

upon your

Majefty,

as

the Perfon

born

to be, under

God,the Center of their Con-

cord, and taught by

Af

ui

&ion to break the

Bonds

of

the Affliâed

,

and by Expe-

rience

of

the

fad Effeêts

of

Mens UnCharitablenefs and

PafGons, to

reftrain

all

from

Violence and Extremities, and keeping Moderation and Mediocrity

,

the

Oyl of

Charity

and

Peace.

And when there your

Subje6ts

Defires were accom-

plifhed in

your

Majelty's peaceable

poffeflion

of your Throne,

it was

the Joy

and

Encouragement of

the

Sober and Religious,

that

you began the Exercife

of

your

Governtnent with a Proclamation

full

of

Chriftian Zeal

againft Debauchery and

Prophanenefs, declaring alfo

your

diflike

of

['

thofe

Who

under pretence

of

affeâi.

on

to

your Majefty

and

your

Service, affume

to

themfelves

the

lib

;rty of

Revi-

'

Bng,

'

breatning,

and Reproaching others, to prevent

that Reconciliation and

`

Union of

Hearts andAffeítions, which can only withGod's

Bidding make os

re.

`

joyce in each

other]. Otir

Comforts

alfo

were carried

on

by

your Majelty's early

and ready

Entertainment

of

Motionsfor Accommodation in thefe Points of Difci-

pline

and Worfhip in which we were difagreed, andyour

profeffed Relolutions

to

draw

us

together by Mutual Approaches,

and publilhing

your Healing Declarati-

on, which

was received

with the Thanks

of

your Houfe

of

Commons, and the

Applaufe

of

the

People, and

the

fpecial

Joy of

thofe

that

longed for

Concord and

Tranquility

in

the Church

:

In which

your Majefty declareth

fo

much

Satisfaetion

in

the Foundations

of

Agreement already

laid,

as That

you

['fhould

think your

`

felf very

unfortunate, and fuípeâ.that

you are defeótive in

the

Adminiftration

of

Government,

if

any

Superftruetores fhould

(hake

thefe Foundations, and contra&

'

or leffen

the Hefted Gift

of Charity, which

is

a Vital

part of Chriftian Religi-

'

on.]

And

as

in

the

(Sid

gracious

Declaration, your

Welty

refolved

to

('

ap-

point an equal

-

number of Learned lfiviries,oßboth Perfwafionsto

review

the Li-

`

turgy, and to make

fuch Alterations

as

(hall be

thought molt

neceffary, and fome

`additional Forms

(in

the Scripture Phrafe

as

near

as

may

be)

faked unto the

nature

of

the

feveral parts

of Worlhip;

and

that' it

be left

to the Minifter's

'

dice,

to

ufe

one

or

other at

his

Difcretion

]

;

fo

in

Accomplilhment thereof,

your

Majefty among others,

direâed

your Cornmifl

-ion

unto

us

for the review

of

[the

feveral

Direâions,

Rules, and Forms

of

Prayer,

and things in the raid Book

of Common Prayer contained]

:

and

['

if

occafon

be, to make fuch reafuna-

'

and neceffary Alterations,

Correâions

and Amendments therein

,

as

by

and

`between

us

fhall

be agreed

upon to

be needful or expedient for the giving

of

Sa-

tisfaâion

to tender Confciences, and the

reioring

and

cohtinuance

of

Peace and

'

Unity

in

the

Churches under

your

Proteâion

and

Government,

and

what

0,

we

['

agree upon

as

needful

or expedientto

be done, for the ahering, diminith-

ing

or

enlarging the

faid

Book

of

Common Prayer, or any part thereof, forthwith.

to

certifie

andprefent it in

Writing]

to

your

Majefty.

In

Obedience

to

this

your Majelty's Commiffion,

we met

with

the Right

Reve-

rend

Billions,

who requiredof

us,

that

before any Perfonal Debates , we

fhould

bring in Writing,

all

our Exceptions

againft

the

Book

of

Common Prayer',

and

all

the

Additional Forms

which

we

deGred

]

Both which we performed

;

and received from

them

an Anfwer to

the

firft,

and returned them our

full Re-

ply r

The

laft Week

of our time,

being

deigned to

Perfonal Conference,

was

at

the Will

of

the

Right Reverend

Bifhops

fpent in a particular Difpute by

three

of

each

part, about the

hnfulnefs

of

one

of theInjunâions`,

from

which

we defired

to

be

free

;

and

in

force

other Conference on

the

by. And

though the

Account

which we are forced

to

give your Majefty of the

Iffue

of ourEonlultations,

is

that,

No

Agreements are Subfcribedby

us

,

to

be

offered

your Majelly,

according

to

your

Expeâation

;

and though

it

be none

of

our intent to call-the leali unmeet

Re-

fleâions