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Reverend

Mk.

Richard

Baxter.

3$5

§

279.

When

Bartbolomemday

carne, about

One

thoufand eight

hundred,or

Two

thoufand Minilters were Silenced

and Call out

:

And

the

Affe

&ions

of

moll

Men

thereupon

were

fuch

as

made me

fear

it

was a

Prognoftick

of

our further

Suffer-

ings

t

For when Parlors

and People fhould have been humbled for

their

Sins,

and

lamented their

former Negligence and Unfruitfulnefs, molt

of.

them were

filled

with Difdain and Indignation againft the Prelates,and were readywith Confidence

to

fay,

[

God will not long

fuffer

fo wicked

and

cruel

a Generation

of

Men

:

It

will

be

but

a

little while till

God

will

pull them

down]

:

And thus Men were

putt

up

by

other Mens

linfulnefs,

andkept from

a

kindly humbling

of

themfelves:

§

280.

Andnow came

in

the

great Inundation

of

Calamities, which

in many

Streams overwhelmed

Thoufands

of

godly

Chriftians, together with their Paítors.

As

for Example, r. Hundreds of

able Minrllers,

with

their

Wives

and

Children,

had neither

Houfe

nor

Bread

:

For theirformer Maintenance

ferved

them but for

the time and

few

of

them laid up

any thing

for

the future

:

For many of them

had not

pall

;o

or 40

1.

per Annum

apiece, and

molt but about

60 or

So

1.

per

.4,-

Siam,

and

very few

above

sou

1.

and few had

any

confiderable

Effaces

of their

own:,

2.

The

Peoples Poverty was

fo

great' that they

were

net

able much

to

relieve

their

Minilters.

;. The

Jealoufie

of the

State,

and the Malice

of their

Enemies

were

fo

great, that People

that

were willing durst

not

be known to give to

their

elated

Palors,

leaft

it

lhould

be faid

that they.

maintained

Schifm

,

or were

ma-

king Colle&ionsfor fome

Plot or

Infurre&ion. 4.

The

Hearts

of

the People were

grieved for the

lofs

of

their Paltors.

S.

Many

placeshad

fuchfet

over

them in

their

iìeads,as

they could not

with Confcence or Comfort committhe

Çonduâ

of

their,

Souls

to.

And they wem

forced

to own

all

thefe,

and

all others

that

were thrufl

upon them

againft

their

Wills, and

to own

alfo

the undifciplined Churches,

by

re-

ceiving the Sacrament

in

their

feveral Parifhes

whether they

would

or

not.

6.Thofe

that

did not

this

were

to

be

Excommunicated, and then to have

a

Writ

fund

out

againft them

de

Excommunicatio capiendo,

to

lay

them in

the.

Jail, and

feize on

their

Eftates. 7.

The

People were hereupon unavoidably

divided,

among

themfelves:

For

fome

would have nothing to do with

thefe impoféd

Palles,

but would in pri-

vate attend their formerPaltors only

:

Others woulddo both, and

take

all

that they

.

thought

good

of

both:

Some would

only hear the

Publick Sermons:

Others

would

alto go

to Common

Prayer

where

the Minifler

was tolerable

:

Some would

joya in

the

Sacrament

with them,

where the Miniffer was

honett, and

others would

not.

And

this Divifion

they long

forefaw

but

could

not

poflibly prevent:

8.

And

the

Minilters

themfelves

were

thus alfo

divided, who

before

Teemed

all

one

;

for

forc%

would

go to

Church,to CommonPrayer,to

Sacraments,and otherswould not: Some

of

them thought that it

was

their

Duty to reach publickly

in

the

Streets or Fields

while the People

defired

it,

and not

to

ceafe

their Work through fear

of

Men, till

they

lay in Jails,

or

were

all banilhed

:

Others thought that a continued Endea-

vour

to benefit

their People privately, would

be

more

ferviceable to

the Church,

than

one

or two

Sermons and a

Jail,

at Inch

a

time, when the Multitudes

of

Suf-

ferers, and

the

odious

Titles put upon them

obfcured and clog'd

the

benefit

of

Suf-

ferings.

And

Come

thought

that the Covenant bound

all

to

feparate from

Common

Prayer,

and Prelates, and Parifh

Communion

:

And

others thought

that it

rather

bound them to

this

Communion and Worship

in

cafe

they could,have no butter:

and that to teach from Houfe to Houfe

in

private, and bring

the

People

o

attend

in

publick,

was

the

molt righteousand edifying way, where

the

impofed

Minitier

was tolerable, 9.

Hereupon thole Minilters that

would

not

ceafe

preaching

were

thrull

into Prifons, and Cenfured

(

tome

of

them)

the

refs

that

did not do

as

they.

so.

The

tell that

preached only fecretly to

a

few, were lookt

on

as

difcontented

and

difaffe&ed

to the Government

,

and

on

every rumour

of

a

new Plot

or

Con-

fpiracy, taken up,

and

many

of

them

laid

in

Prifon. r

s.

The

Prelatiïts

andthey

were hereby

let

at a further diffance, and

Charity more dellroyed, and Reconcilia-

tion

made more

hopelefs,

and almoff any

thing

believed

that

was raid

againft

a

Nonconformift.

r

u. The Conforming Part

of

the Old Miniftry ,

was alto

divi-

ded

from

the reif,

and

Cenfures

fee

them further at

a

distance;

(

But yet

where.

ferions Godlinefs

appeared, it kept

up

force

Charity and

Refpe&,

and united

them

in the main).

All there

Calamities

brought another

;

a

;.

That the

People

were"

tempted to murmur at their Superiours,

and call them

cruel Perfecutois,

and fe-

cretly rejoyce

if

any

hurt

befel

them

,

and many forgot that they

are to

Hornig

their Governours, even when they

fuffer

by them, and

not only to forbear

evil,

Thoughts and Wordsagainft them, but to endeavour to keep up their

Honour

with their

Subjedts. 14. By all

thefe Sins, thefe Murmurings

and thefe

Violatiotlt;.

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