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P

A

R

T

II.

Reverend

Mr. Richard

13axter.

Thelè

two forementioned Parties

Were

laudable-Preat:hers, and:were the

honour

of theConformilts,

though not

heartily

theirs

,

rd

their profitable Preaching.éa

ufed

bo

God's

Providence, to keep

up

the Publick Intereft

of

Religion, and retreih

the differning

fort

of

Auditors.

3.

The

third

fort

of

Conformifls, was

ofthofe that

were

heartily

fu.ch

tbroughaur,

And

these were alto

of three

forts

;

a.

Thole that

Were

zealous

for

the Dioeeiän

Party and the Caufe,and defirous to

extirpate or deftroy the

Nonconformìils::And

there were fuppofed to

be

the high and fwaying

Party.

2.

Thofe that

were .zea-

lous for

the Party and the

Caufe

materially

;

but

yet

were more moderate (.in

their

private

willies)

to the Nvnconformifls, and

did profefsthemfelves

that

they soúld

not

Subfcribe and

Declare;

if

they

did

not put. a more

favourable

fence

.on: the

words

than that which the Nonconformilts

fuppofed

to

be

the

plain fence.

;.Thole

that

were raw, or ignorant Readers, or unlearned

Men

,

or

fenfual, fcandaloífs

Ones, who

would

be

hot

for

any thing by which

they might

rife

ot

be

maintain-

ed.

This Compofitionmade

up

the

Body of

the Conformifts

in

this Land, and all

this

Difference there

was

among them.

II.

a8

ç.)

The

Nonconformifts

alfo

were

of

divers forts.

r.There

were tome

few

(of

my

Acquaintance) who

were for the old

Conformity;

for Eilhops,

Common Prayer

Book,

Ceremonies, and the

old :Subfcription,

and against the

impofing and taking

of

the Covenant, ( which

they

never took)

and

against the

Parliaments

Wars:

But

they could

not

Subfcribe

that they

Affint.and

Confant

to all

thing,

now impofed

;

nor could they

Abfolve

all

others in the three Kingdoms from

being obliged

by

the Vow

and

Covenant

to

endeavour

Church Retormation,though

they would

not

have had them

take

the

Vow.

2.

A greater Number

of

the Nonconformills, or Reconcilers,

of

no Seet

or

Party,

-but

abhorring

the very Name

of

Parties; who

like Ignarisn's':Epifcopacy.,

but

not the

Englifh

Diocefan Frame

:

and like what

is

good in Epifcopal,

Presbyte-

rians,

or Independents;-

but rejeet fomewhat

as

evil

in them all: being

of

the

Judgment

which

I

have defcribed my felt to

be

in the beginning of

this Book

:

that

can endure

a

Liturgy,

and like

not the

Impofrtion

of

the

Covenant

but can-

not

Affènt and

Content to

all

things required

in the

Ai,

nor

Abfolve

three

King=

doms from.all

Obligation

by

their

Vows,

to endeavour

in

their. Places

the altera-

tion

of

the

Engldh

Diocefan

Form

of

Government: Though

they doubt

not but

Sedition and Rebellion Ihould

be

abhorred

of

all,

whether

for

Reformation or

any

other

Pretence.

;

A

third

fort

of Nonconformitls

are

the

Prerbyterianr,whofe

Judgment

is

fore-

delerihed,

"and

rnanifefted

in their Wrirings to

all

the World.

Of

thefe

two

lath

forts

(if

i

be

not

taken for a partial

Witnefi)

are the foberefl, and

molt judici-

ous, unanimous, peaceable, faithful, able, conitane Minilters

in

this

Land, or that

I

have

heard or read of, in the Chriflian World! Which

I

ant able

to

fay,

I

fpeak

without

refpedt

of

Perfons,

in Obedience

to my Coulkience,

upon

my

long

Experience.

4.

The

fourth fort are

the

Independents,

who

are.for

the moll part

a ferious

godly

People,

tome

of

them moderate, going

with Mr.

.Nos

"ton

and the

NewEngland

Synod, and little differing from the moderate

Presbyterians, and

as

well

ordered

as

any Party

that

I know

:

But others

of

them,

more raw,

and

Pelf-

conceited, and

addiied

to Separations

and Divifons, their Zeal being greater than their Know-

ledge; who

have opened

the Door

to

Anabaptift.(

firlt, and

then to

all

the other

Seib.

Thefe

Stets are numerous, fome tolerable,

and fome intolerable, and being

ne-

ver incorporated with,

tell, are not

to

be reckoned with them.

Many

of

them

(

the

Bebmeniftr, Fifth-Monarchy

-men, Quakers,

and

Tome

Anabaptifh)are proper

Fa-

naticks, looking too

niuch'to

Revelations

within,

instead

of

the Holy

Scriptures.

And

thus I have

truly told you

of

all

the

Sorts

among

us,

except

the

Papiftr,

who

are faflìciently known, and are

no

mare

of

us

than the other

Serbs

are.

The

Atheilts and Infidels

I

name

not,

becaufe

as

fig.

h,

they have no

Patton.

§

e86.

Next

it will

not

be amiss

if I

briefly give

you the

Sum

of

their feverat

Games, and the Reafons

of their

several Ways.

I.

The Confarmifls'gofeveral

Wayt, according to their forementioned

Dille;

reacts

Dddá

ioThofi