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PAR

T

if

Reverend

Mr.

rR.ichard

Baxter,

ßs5

dition,

&c.. as

will

not permit them

long

to

enjoy it in peace. Thefe and many

.

more

Reafòns are

againft the way

of

Indulgence alone.

Ít

is

therefore molt

evi-

dent that the way defirable,'is firlt

a

Comprehenfron

of

as

many

fit

Perlons

as

may

be taken in by

Law;

and then

a

power in

his

Majefty

to

indulge the Remnant fo

fax

as

conducethto thePeace and

Benefit

of

Church

and State.

Your

fecund

Queftion

is, What abatement It defrable

for

Comprehenfron

?

I

anfwer ; Suppofe

there

is

hope

of

the Terms

of

Primitive

Simplicity

and

Ca-

tbolicsfm;

but that

we

fpeak

only

of

what

might

now

be

hoped

for.

r.

It

is

molt needful that the

old

and new Subfcriptionsand Profeffìonsof Affent

and Confent.to

all things in

the

Book

of

Ordination, Liturgy,

and the

two Arti-

cles

concerning

them

be

abated.

2.

That

the Declaration

he

abated

; efpecially

as

to

the difobliging

all

other

Per-

fin, in

the

Three

Kingdoms from the endeavouring in

their

places

any

lawful

Alte.

rations

of

the Government of

the

Church

:

And

that

the

Oaths

of

Allegiance

and

Supremacy

be

the

Tell

of

Mens fubjeâion.

;.

That

the Minifter

be

not bound to

tile

the Croft and Surplice, and read

the

Liturgy

himfelf,

if

another

(by

whomfoever)

be

procured to

do

it

:

So

be it

he

preach not

againil them.

q.

That

( accordingto

Pope

Leo

III. determination

in

fuch a

Cafe) the

Bifhops

do

by

a

general

Confirmation

(in

which each Man approveahle to

have

his

parr,

upon due trial) confirm the

Ordination

formerly made by lawful Paftors without

Diocefans,

without reordaining them.

f.

That

what the Courts

will

do about Kneeling at the Receiving

of

the

Lord's

Supper may

be

done by others,

and not the Minifter

forced to refute

Men

utterly

on

that account.

6.

It

is

very

delrable that Oaths

of

Obedience

to the

Diocefan

be forborn,

as

long

as

Men

may

be

punifhed for Difobedience.

7.

It

is

exceeding defirable that Reformation

of

Church- Government

(by

Stlffra-

gans, and

the

Rural Deanries,

ere.)

be

made according to

his

Majefty's Willexpref-

fed

in

his

Declaration concerning Ecclelaftical

Affairs.

To

your third queftion, Of

'the

Extent and

Terms

of

the Indulgence,

it being

to

be

left

to

his

Majefty's Wifdom, I

Ihall

not

prefume

to

give

you

my Anfwer.

4

4z8. Inftead

of

Indulgence

and

Comprehenfon,

on

the lait day of

rune

166

;.

the

A& againft Private Meetings

for

Religious Exercifes

pall the

Houle

of

Com-

mons,

and Ihortlyafter

was made

a

Law.

The

Suns

of it

was,

That

[every

Perfon

above fsoreen years old, who

is

prefent

at

any

Meeting

under colour

or pretence

of

any

Ex-

ercife

of

Religion, inother manner

than

u

allowed

by

the

Liturgy er Pratïice

of

the

Church

of

England,

whore there

are

five

Perfons more

than that

Honfhold,

(hall

for

the

fufl

Of-

fence

by

a 5uflice

of

Peace

be

Recorded,

and

fens to

Yail

three Months

till

he pay

five

pound; and

for

thefecond

Olènce fix Months

till

he

pay

ten

pound; and

the

third

time,

being

conviïled

by

a jury,

¡hall

be

banied

to fame

of

the

(American)

Plantations,

except-

ing

New

-

England

or

Virginia.

The

Calamity of the

Aet,

befides

the main Mat-

ter

was,

,.

That

it

was

made fo ambiguous, that

no man that ever

I

met

with,

could tell

what

was a

violation

of

it,

and what

not;

not knowingwhat

was

[

al-

lowed by

the Liturgy or

Praltife of the Church of

England

in Families];

becaufe

the Liturgy

medleth not with Families, and among

the

diver

of Family Pra-

etiee,

no man knowethwhat to

call

the Pra

&ice

of

the Church.

2. Becaufe

fo

much Power

was

given

to the lattices

óf

Peace, to record

a

man an Offender

without

a

Jury,

and

if-he did it caufelefly, we are

without any remedy,

feeing

he

was

made

a

Judge:

According to the plain words

of the

A&,

if

a

man did but

preach

and

pray, or

read tome licenfed

Book

and fing Pfalms,he

might

have

more

thanfour

prefent, becaufe

chele

are allowed by

the praétice

of

the Church in

the

Church

;

and the

Alt

feemeth

togrant

an

Indulgence

for

place

and

number,

fo be

it

the quality

of

the

Exercife

be

allowed by eh/

Church

;

which

muff be

meant

[pub

-

lickly]

becaufe

it

medleth

with

noprivate Exercife. But when

it cometh to the

trial; there

Pleas

with the

Jufìices are vain

:

and

if

men do but

pray,

it

is

taken

fiyr

granted,that it

is

an

Exercife

not

allowed by

the

Church of

England-Ad

toJail

they

go:

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