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376

T

h

e

LIFE

o

f

the

L

I

L

L

Shifmatical, nor Seditious; but

a

People that quietly

followed

their

hard Labour,

and learned the

Holy

Scriptures, and

lived

a

holy, blamelef

Life, in

Humility and

Peace with

all

Men,

and never had any

See}

or

feparaced

Party

among them, but

abhorred

all

Fa&ion and Sidings

in

Religion, and

lived

in

Lore

and

Chrisiían

U-

nity. Yet

when the

Bishop was

gone, the Dean came and preached about three

hours or near, to cure them of the Admiration

of

my Perfon ;

and

a

month

after

came again

and preached over the fame

, per

wading the People

that

they were

Presbyterians and Schifmatical, and were

led

to

it

by

their over valuing

of

me,.

The

People

admired at the

temerity

of

thefe

Men,

and really

thought

that

they

were fcarce

well

in their Wits, that would

go on to fpeak things

far

lion

truth

of Men whom

they never knew, and

that

to their own

faces.

Many

have

gone

about

by

backbiting to make People

believe

a

{fame

report

of

others

:

but few

will

think to

perfvade

any to believe

it

of

themfelves,

who know

themfelves

much

better than the Reprover troth. Yet

betides

all

this,

their Ledturers were to go

on

in the

fame Drain, and one

Mr. Pitt (who

lived in Sir 7obn

Packi

gton's Houle,

with Dr.

Hammond) was

often

at this

work (being

of the Judgment

and Spirit

of

Dr.

Gunning

and Dr.

Pierce)

calling them Presbyterians

,

Rebellious, Serpents, and

Generation

of

Vipers, unlikely

to

fcape the

Damnation

of

Hell, yet knowing not

his

Accufttion

to

be

true

of

one Man

of

them ( For there

was

but

one,

if

one

Presbyterian in the

Town,

but plain honeft People,

that minded nothing

but Pie

-

ty, Unity,

Charity,

and

their Callings). This

dealing (instead

of

winning

them

to the Preacher)

drove

therm

G0171

the

Lecture, and then (

as

I raid)

they accufed

the People

as

deferting

it,

and put

it

down.

§

2

a.Forthis ordinary Preacher

they

fat

up one

of

the

.bet

parts they could get

`

A

mod (0

war

far

from what

his

Patrons

fpake

him to he)who wasquickly

a

weary

and went

fcer

away

And

next

they

fee

up

a

poor dry

Man,that

had been

a

School-

malternear

us,

vandal

Y-

Y

P P

Y

and after

a

little time

he

died:

And

fince

they

have

taken

another

Courfe,and

fét

up

young Man

(tire

lief

they

can

get) who taketh

the contrary

way to the fief,

and

over

-

applaudeth me

in the

Pulpit

to them,

and

fpeaketh well

of

then,,

and ufeth

them kindly

:

And they are glad of

one

that

path

fome

Charity.

And

thus

the

Bishop hash

used

that

Flock,

who

fay

that

till

then

they never knew

fh well

what

a

Bishop was,

nor

were before

fo

guilty

of

that

dillike

of

Epifcopacy,

of

which

they

were

f,

frequently

and

vehemently

accufed.

I

hear

not

of

one

perfon among

them,

who

is

won to the Love of Prolacy or Formality

fince

my removal.

§

253. Having parted with

my

dear Flock

(I

need

not

fay,

with mutual fenfe

and

tears)

I left

Mr. Baldwin

to

live privately among

them, and

ovedèe them

in

my

Dead, and ville them front

!louse to

Houle;

advifing

them, notwithftanding

all

the lujuries they had received,

and

all

the Failings ofthe Minillers that preach-

ed to

theta,

and the Defects

of

the prefent Way

of

Worfhip,

that yet they

fhonld

keep to

the

Publick

Affemblies,

and make

ufe

of

furls

I

-Ielps

as

might be

had in

Pablick, together with their

private Helps

:

Only

in three

Cafes

co

abfent them-

fives

;

r.

When

the

Minifler

was

one that

was

utterly infutficienr,

as

not

being

able to

reach

them

the Articles

of

the Faith and

Effentials

of

true Religion ( fuch

as

alas,

they

had

known to their furrow).

2.

When the

Minifer

preached any

1-

lerefie, or Doctrine which

was

direâly

contrary

to any Article

of

the Faith, or

receffary

par

t

of

Godlinefs.

3.

When in the Application

he

let

himfelf gainll the

Ends

of

his

Office,

to

make

a

holy Life feem odious, and

to

keep Men from

it,

and to promote the Interelk

of

Satan

:

Yet

not to take every

bitter

Reflection up-

on themielvesor others, occaltoned by difference

of

Opinion

or Interest, to

be

a

Efficient

Cause

to

fay

that

the

Minifer

preacheth

agamf

Godlinefs, or

to with-

draw

themfelves.

§

254.

When I

was

gone from

them, I

wrote not

a

Letter to them pall once in

a

year,

fell

it fhould

bring

Suffering upon

theta (the

Cade

alto

why I removed

my

Dwelling

from

them

was, becaufe

they apprehended

themfelves

that my

prefence

would have been their

ruine,

as

to Liberty

and Ellates

)

:

For

had

they but recei-

ved

a

Letter

from me, any difpleahng

thing that they

had done, would have been

imputed to

that.

As

for

infante,

not

long after, there came

out the

Aa

that

all that had any Place of

Trull

in Cities, Corporations or

Countreys,

fhould be

put out,

uniels

they declared

that

they held [That

there

it

no

Obligation lying

upon

them,

or any other

pert

n,

from

the

Oath

called The Solemn League

and

Covenant

jr

Here-

upon

all

the

Thirteen

Capital

Burgeffes, Bailiff;

Justice, and

all,

favo

one

that

had been

an Officerin the King's Army, were turned out (though Ifuppole never

any more titan two or three of them took the

Oath

and Covenant

themfelves)

;

and

alma

all

the

25 in£eriour Burgeffes

were turned out with them. Whereupon