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The

L

IFE

ofthe

I.III.Iö

ble me to preach to

them,

or converfe

with them, and being

fo

infirm

as

not

to

be

like

to bear the Voyage

and

change

of

Air

:

There, with other

Impediments

which God

laid

in

my

way,

kindred me from putting my Thoughts

in Execu-

tion.

5

275. About this

time

alfo

it

was famed

at the Court that I

was

married, which

went

as

the matter

of

a

moll

heinous

Crime, which I never

heard charged by them

on any Man but on

me. Bifhop

Morley

divulged

it with

all

the Odium

he could

poflibly

put upon it

:

telling them that one in Conference with biro,

I laid

that

Minifers

marriage

is

[lawful,

and

but

lawful]

as

if

I

were

now

contradiáing

my

-f

if.

And

it

every where rung about, partly

as

a

Wonder

,

and partly

as a

Crime,

whilíl

they

cried, [This ìt

the

Manof

Charity

]:

little knowing what they talkt

of.

Infomuch that at latt the Lord Chancellour

told me,

heard

I

was

married, and

wondered at

it,

when I told him it

was

not

true

:

For

they had affirmed it

near -a

year

before

it

came to

pats.

And

I

think the King's Marriage

was

fcarce more

talk-

ed

of

than mine.

§

276. All this

while Mr.

Colony

and

fome

other

Miniufers had been endeavour-

ing

with

thofe

that

they had Interelt in, and

to try if

the Parliament

would

pari

the

King's Declaration into

a

Law

;

and fometimesthey had

Tome

hope from the Lord

Chancellour and others: but when it came to the trial, their

hopes all failed

them;

and the Conformity impofed

was

made

ten

times more burdenfome than

it

ever

was before.

For

betides

that,the Convocation

had made the Common Prayer

Book

more grievous than

before,

the Parliament

made

a

new A&

of

Uniformity

,

with

a new Form

of

Subfcription, and

a

new

Declaration robe made

againi

the

Obli-

gation

of

the

Covenant

;

of

which more anon.

So

that the

King's Declaration did

not

only die before

it

came to Execution, and all Hopes and Treaties

and

Petitions

were

not

only disappointed, but

a

weight more

grievous than

a Thoulànd Cerenío-

nies was added to the old

Conformity, with

a

grievous Penalty.

277. By this means

there

was

a great Unanimity

in

the Minillers, and the

greater Number were call out

:

And

as

far

as

I

could perceive, it

was

by fome de-

igned

that it might

be

fo.

Many

a

timedid we befeech

them that they would have

fo

much regard

to

the

Souls

of

Men, and

to

the Honour

of

England,

and

of

the

Proteftant

Religion,

as

that without any neceflity

at all,

they would

not

impofe

feared Perjury upon them, nor that which Confcience, and Common Efteem, and

Pupils

Adverfaries would all

cal

Pe

jury;

that Papilla might not

have

this to call

in our Teeth,

and call the

Ptoteltanrs

a

Perjured People,

nor

England

or

Scotland

Perjured Lands. Oft

have we proved to

them that their

Carle

and

Interell requi-

red

no

Each

thing

:

But all was but

calling Oyl

upon

the

Flames,and forcing

us

to

think

of

that Monfier

of

Milian,

that

made

his

Enemy renounce God to

rave

his

Life, before

he

ttabb'd him, that

he

might murder

Soul

and Body

at a Broke. lc

Seemed

to

be

accounted the

one

thing neceffary, which no Reafon mutt

be

heard

againft, that the

Presbyterians

mutt

be

forced to do that which they accounted

Publick

Perjury, or

to

be call out

of Trutt

and

Office,

in Church and Common-

wealth. And

by this means

a far

greater Number

were laid by,

than

otherwife

would

have

been;

and

the

few

that

yielded to Conformity they

thought

would be

defpicable and

contemptible

as

long

as

they

lived.

A Noble

Revenge, and worthy

of

the A

&ors.

§

2.78.

When the A&

of Uniformity

was puffed,

it

gave all

the

Miniffers

that

could

not

Conform, no longer time

than

till Barrbolamew

day

,

Augufl

24. 1662.

and then they mutt

be all

call

out

:

(This

fatal

Day

called

to

remembrance

the

M

or

French

Maffacre, when on the

fame

Day

.

3000o

or

4ouoo Proteftants perilhed

by

r00000,

as

Religious

Roman

Zeal

and Charity).

I

had

no

place,butonly that I preached twice

Pet.moulin

a

Week

by Requeltin other Men's Congregations

(at

Milkftreer

and

Blackfriars

),

ithinsth,

and the

Tall

Sermon that ever

I preached

in Publick

was

on

May

2.F.

The

Rea

rthm a

fops

why I

gave over fooner

than molt

others

was,

r.

Becaufe

Lawyers did inter

-

few

weeks.

Y

g

y

pret

a

doubtful

Glaulè

in the A&,

as

ending the Liberty

of

Le

&users

at

that

time

z.

Becaufe

I

would let

Authority loon know, that I intended to obey

them

in

all

that

was

lawful.

3.

Becaufe

I

would let all Minifters

in

England

underftand in

time, whether

I

intended to Conform or

not

:

For

had

I

flayed to

the lalt day,

forte would

have

Conformed the

fooner,

upon

a

Suppolition

that

I

intended

it.

Thefe,. with other

Realons, moved me to

ceafe

three Months

before Bar-

tholomew-day,

which many

censured me

for

a

while, but after, better

faw

the Rea

-

fòns

of

it,

§

z79