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38

n

>.

Ehe

L

IFE

óf

the

1.

I

Reverend

Sir

ST

f

the

great Favour of

my

Lord

Cbancellour's

Reprebenon,

I

came

to

underßand

how

long

a

time

I

have

fuffered in

my

Reputation

with

my Superiours

by

your mifunder-

flanding

me,

and

mifinforming others, as

if

when

I

was

to preach

before

the

King, I bad

foornfully refuted the Tippet as

a

Toy

:

when

as

the Searcher

and JudgeofHearts

doth know

that I

bad

no

inch thought

or

word.

I

was

fo

ignorant in

thafe

matters, as to think

thata

*As

it

is

in Tippet

bad

been

the

proper

Infign of

a

DrafDivinity

; and

Iveriy

thought

that

you

of-

the Uni-

fired it

me as froth

:

And

I

had

fo much pride as

to

be

famembat alhamed when you

offered

vcrfity.

it, that

I

mull

tell

you my

wantof

frech

Degrees,

and

therefore

gave

you

no

Anfwer

to

your

frri

offer

; but

to yourfecond

was

forced

to

fay

lit

belongeth

not to

me,

Sir]. And

I

Paid

not to you any more

;

nor

bad

any other

thought in

my

heart,

than

with

fame fhame

to tellyou

that

I

bad

no

Degrees

;

imagining

I

fhould

have

offended others,

and

made

my

Pelf

the laughter

or

[corn

of

many

; if

I

fhould

have

ufed

that

which

did

not

belong to me.

For

I

mull

profeß

that

I

no more

fcruple to

wear

a

Tippet

than a

Gown, or any

comely

Garment.

Sir,

Though this

be one

of

she fmalleß

of

all the Mifbakes which

of

late bave turned

to my

wrong, and

I

mull

confeß

that

my

ignorance

gave

you the

occafson,

and

I

am

far

from im-

puting

it

to

any ill

will in

you,

having

frequently beard

that

in

Charity, and

gentlemß

and

peaceableneß

of Mind

you

are very eminent;

yet

becaufe

I

mull

not contemn my

Efli-

mation

with

my Superiours,

I

humbly

crave

thatfavour and

pill-ice

of

you

(

which

I

am

confident

you

will

readily

grant me)

as

to

acquaint

thole

with

the

truth

of

this

bufneßwbom

upon

mißake

you

have

mißnformed

;

whereby

in relieving

the

Innocency

of

your Brother,

you

will

do

a

work

of

Charity and

Jußice,

and

therefore not

d

f

leafing unto

God,

and

will

much oblige,

June

ao.

166a.

SIR,

Your humble

Servant,

Richard Baxter.

I

have

the more need

of

your

Juflice

in

tbi

Cafe,

becaufe

my

dißante denial,

me aceeß

to

thofe

that

bave received

thefe

mifreports,

and

becaufe any

publick Vindication

of

my

felf,

whatever

is

fad

of me,

is

taken

as

an

unfufferable

Crime, and

therefore

I

am utterly

:inca-

pable

ofvindicating

my

Innocency or

remedying their

Mfaßes.

To

the Reverend and much Honoured Dr. Barks Dean

ofWellminßer,

Scc.

Thelè.

To

this

the Dr. returned

this

Civil peaceable Anfwer.

Hampton-

Court, June

23.

SIR,

i

Receivedyour Letter,

which].

Would

have

anfwered

fooner.if

the Meffenger

that

brought

1

it

bad returned,.

I

meal

confeß

I

was

a

little

furprized with

the beginning

of

it,

ae

I

was with

your

Name:

but when

I

readfurther

I

cea

ed

to

be

fo.

Sir,

I

fhould

be

heartily

* O

that

lorry

and

afhamed

to be

guilty of

any

thing like.Malignity or.Uncbaritableneß,

offecially

to

they

were

one

-of

your

Condition

; with

whom though

I

concur not perhaps

in

point

ofJudgment

in

all

inch.

fame

particulars, yet

I

cannot but eßeem

for

your perfonal

worth and

abilities: And

indeed your

Expreffions

in

your Letter

are fo

civil

and

ingenuous,

that

I am

obliged thereby

the more

to

give

youall the

fatisfatlien

1

ean.

Al

I

remember then when you came to

me

to

the

Clofet,

and

I

toldyou

I

would

furnifh

you

with

a

Tippet

;

you anfwered me fometbing

to

that

purpofe

asyou

write;

but

whether thefame Numerical words,

or

but once,

I

cannotpo-

*

Thef ßtively

fay

from

my

own Memory,

and

therefore

I

believe

yours:

Oniy

this

I

am fare

of,

that

wrds.r

I

faid

to

you

at

my

frond

eakin

That

`

forme

others

of

your Perfwafson

bad

not

fervpled

beand

not,

y

y

f

g'

being in

at

it,

Which

might

fuppafe

(if

you

bad

not affirmed the

contrary) that

you

bad

made me

a

ffae former refufal:

Of

which

giving

me

thin

no

other reafan,

than

[

that it

belonged

not yo

u)

to

him.