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KT

II.

Reverend

Mr.

R,iChàrcl.

Baxter.

and what

is

the Wickednefs

that he

is

guilty

of?

Yet

was

I

never quettioned

to

this day before a

Magiffrate. Nor do my Adverfaries charge

me

with any perlòn-

at

wrong to

them

;

nor

did they

ever Accule

me

of

any Herefie,

nor much con-

temn my Judgment,

nor

ever accule my Life

( but for preaching where another

had been Sequeltred

that

was an infislficient

Reader, and

for

preaching

to

the

Sol-

diers

of

the

Parliament; though none

of

them knew my

Bufinefs

there,

nor the

Sat

vice.

that

I did

them

):

Thefè are

all

the Crimes,

betides

my

Writings, that Lever

knew they charged my Life with. But

Envy

and.

Carnal.

Intereft`

was fo

deflitate

of

a

Mask,

that they every

where

openly confef ed the Catiié.for whieh

they

ended

,:

-

voured

my Defamation

and

Deftrudtion;

elpecially

the

Bifhopk

that

let all

on

work

:

s. As

one Caule

was

their

own

over

-

valuing

of

my Parts, which

they

made

account

I.

would

employ against them. z. Another was

that

they thought-the

Re-

putation of.my

blamelefs

Life, would add to my ability to deferve

them.

g.

Ano-

ther

was,

that they thought

my

Intereff in

the People

to

be

far

greater than indeed

it

was.

4 But the principal

of

all

was, my

Conference

before

the

King

and at

the

Savoy

;

in both which

it

fell

out that

hilltop

Morley

and

I'

were the

bufieft

Talkers (except Dr.

Gunning),

and

that it

was

my lot to contradict him, whowas

not

fo

able either to bear,

or

feem

to bear it,as

I

thought

at

leak

hisHonour would

have inffru&ed him to

be.

ç.

And

toy refufing

a

Bilhoprick increafed the indigna-

tion

:

And Colonel

Birch

that

firff

came

to

offer

it

me, told me;

that

they would

ruine

us,

if

we

reuded

ic:.

Yet

did. I

purpofely forbear ever mentioning

it, on

all

occafions..

6.

And it was

not the leali

Cauf,

that my being for Primitive .Epií

copacy,

and

not for

Presbytery

,

and being not

fo

tar from them in

frime

other

Points

of

Doctrine and Worship,

as

many Nonconformifts

are

they thought

I

was

the

abler

to undermine them.

7.

And another Caulè

was,

that they

judged

of

the

rest

of

my

Talk

and Life, by my

Conference

at

the

Savoy,

not knowing

that

I

took

that to

be

my prelent

Duty, which Fidelity

to the

King and Church

com-

manded me, faithfully to do, whoever

wasdifpleafed by it

:

and

that when

that

time

was

over,

I

took

it

to

be my

Duty,

to

live

as

peaceably

as

any Subject in

the Land, and nor to

ufe

my

Tongue

or

Pen againft the Government which the

King

was

pleafed

to appoint,

however

I

difallowed it.

Thus

have

I

found the

old laying

true,

That

Reconcilers

ufe

to

be

hated

on

both fides,

and

to put

their

hand in-the Clifr, which clolèthupon them and hnilheth them..

§

269.

The next

tithe

I

went to

the

Lord Chancellour ( about the NewEeglanel

Corporation)

after

the

Bilhop

of

Worceller's

Anger

and Invelhive

Book, he

enter,

tamed

me with

his ufual

Condefcenlion and Courtefie, but with fome

chiding Lan

-

guage,that

I would

meddle

with Dr.

Morley

to provoke

him

:

which when I had

briefly fpake to, he followed on his

Reprehenfton

thus,

[

Was

it

a

bandfome

thing

of

Mr. Baxter,

to

ffieakfo

to

fo mild a Man as Dr.

Earles,

Clerk

of

the

King's

Clofet,

as

when

he offered

you

a

Tippet

when youpreached

before the

King,

to

turn away in

lions, and

fay,

Pie

none

of

your

Toyes

?

Would not

a

fairer

Anfwer have

been

better

?]

I

replyed to

him,

That I

Bill

perceived more and

more the truth

of

what I

told the Bithops,

what Confequents would follow the

Continuance

of

unhealed

Fa &ions

:

and

what

ufage

we mutt expeft however

we lived, and how little

Innocency would do

to

our

vindication

!

I

told him

that

I

never fpake any fuch word

as

he mentioned,

nor

ever

had

fuch a

thought

in

my

heart, nor no more

fcrupled

to wear

a

Tip-

pet

than to

fit

on a

Cufhion:

But

I

thanked

his

Lordlhip,

that by

the benefit

of

his free

Reprehenfion

1

came

to underftand how much I had

been

wronged by

this Report

to

his

Majefiy,

above a

year

before

I heard

of it

;

and

might

never

have heard

of it

but by

him

;

and told him

that it

was juft thus

in other

Matters

:

And

I

truly

told him, that I

was unfeignedly

thankful

to

his

Lordlhip, that would

reprove me for

that to

my face,

which others only whifpered behind my back,

where

I

had opportunity

to

defend my

felt.

§

aqo,' Hereupon I wrote this following Letter

to

Dr.

Earle,

(

a

mild and

quiet

Man)

who

was

fine

Bithop

of

Wercefler

, and

afterwards Bilhop

of

Sahf-

bury.

Reverend