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368

The.

LIFE

of

the

not

thefe

tbingr

befall 01]

and we have enough. And we

iuppofe tholes

that

think

the

Perlons inconfiderable in number and quality for whom we plead,

-will

not

themfèlves believe

that we

have done this

for Popular

Applaufe

:

This

were not

fo

much

to

feek

the Reward

of Hypocrites,'

as

to play the Game

of

Fools;

teeing

the

Applaufe

of

inconfiderable Men

can

be

but

inconfiderable andwetknoov

-our

felves

that

we are like thus to offend

thofe that

ate not

inconfiderable.

The

Lord

that

fearcheth hearts, doth know that it

is

not

fo much

the.aáoiding

of

Suffering to

our

felves

or any particular

Perfòns,

that

is

the end

of

our

Endeavours (though

this

were no ambitious end)

as

the

Peace

and Welfare

of

the

Church

and Kingdoms

under your Majefty's

Government:

We know that, fuppofing

them that

are for the

Ceremonies to be

as pious

and charitable

as

thereft,

it

cannot

fo

much

offendthem

that another Man

for

beareth

them,

as

it

muff offend

that

other to be forced to

ufe

them

:

and we know

that

confciencious

Men

will not

confent to

the

pra

&ice

of

things

in their Judgments unlawful

,

when thole

may yield

that

count

the

Mat.

ters but

indiff

rent.

And for the management of this

Treaty,

it

being

agreed at our

firft

meeting,

that nothing

be reported

as

the

Words or

Sence

of

either

Part,

but what

is

by

them

delivered

in

writing,

we humbly crave that your Majefty receive

no more

as

ours,

and

that

where

is

charged

on any particular Perfon, he. may

be

anfwelable

for

himfclf: And though the Reverend

Bilhops

trave

not

had time

to

confider

of

our

Additions to the

Liturgy,

and

of

our

Reply,

that

yet

they may

be

confidered

be-

fore a

Determination

be

made. And

though we

teem

to

have laboured

in

vain,

we

íiall

yet lay this

Work-

of

Reconciliation and Peace,

at

the

feet

of

your

Maje-

fty,

befeeching you

to

profecute

filch

a bleffed

Refolution

till it

attain

fuccefs.

We

muff needs believe,

that when your Majefty

took

our Content to

a

Liturgy,

to

he a

Foundationthat would infer our Concord,

you meant

not that we

fhould

have

no Concord, but by contenting

to

this

Liturgy

without

any confiderableAl-

teration. And when

you

comforted

us

with your Refolution

to

draw

us

together,

by

yielding

on both

fides

in what wecould, you meant not

that we

should be

the

Boar, and

they the

Bank

that muff not

Dir.

And when your Majefty commanded

us

by

your Letters Patents to treat about

fuch Alterations

as

are

['

needful

or

ex-

pedient

for giving Satisfadion to

tender Cónfèiences, and the

reboring

and con-

' tinuance of

Peace and

Unity ]

we

yell

allured that

it

was

not your fence

,

that

thofe tender Conlciences

were

to

be

forced to

pradife

all which they judged unlaw-

ful,

and

not

fo

much

as

a

Ceremony abated them

t Or

that our

Treaty

was

only

to convert either part to the

Opinion

of

the

other

;

and

that

all

our Hopes of Con-

cord or Liberty confifted only

in

Difputing,

the

Bifhops

into Nonconformity,

or

coming in every

Ceremony to their

minds.

Finally,

as

your

Majefty under God,

is

the

Protelion

whereto your

People

file,

and

as

the

fame Neceffìties

bill remain, which drew forth your

gracious Declara-

tion,

we

moll humbly and earnelily befeech'your Majefty

that

the

Benefits

of

the Cid Declaration may

be

continued to your People,

and in

particular

[

That

`none

be

punilhed

or

troubled for not

Ming

the Common Prayer, till

it be

effe-

&ually

reformed] and the Additions made

as

there

expreffed.

We

crave your Majefty's pardon

for

the

tedioufnefs

of

this

Addrefs,

and

fhali

wait in hope, that

fo

great

a

Calamity

of your People,

as

would follow

the

lofs

of

fo

many

able faithful

Minigers

as

rigorous Impofitions would

call out,

(hall

never

be

Recorded

in

the Hiliory

of

your

-

Reign

:

but that

there Impediments

of Con-

cord being forborn

,

your Kingdomsmay

flourilh

in

Piety and Peace,

and

this

may

be

the

fignal

Honour

ofyour

happy Government,

and your

Joy

in the Day

of

your

Accounts.

Which

is

the Prayer

_b'f'

Your Majelly's

Faithful and Obedient

Subjeda-