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The

L

1

F

E

of

the

L

B.

j

and

clofe

upon

all

Minifters, that they

mull make it their

chief

Bufinefs,

and neg.

led

nothing until

they have perfwaded.and brought their Flock to

it;

I

pray you,

moll

worthy

Sir,

to

refolve

this

Enquiry to me

and others

of my

Neighbours and

fellow

Brethren, who

in

reading

your

Reformed

Pallor ,

made the

fame Scruple

of

Confcience,

viz.

Whether

a

Miniller that

heartily¡Irevea

for

the honour

of

God and

the

Edification

of

hoe

Church, doth

not difebarge

ho

Duty, when

according to your

wholfome

and

true Doilrine,

be

bath

conferred

and

made

known

bra

mind and

wellingnee

l

to the

per-

formance

of

it,

to

bu

Fellow

-Brethren

that

'oyntly

with

him are Shepherds

of

thefame

Flock,

yea, perfwaded

them

of

the

neceffity

and

oej

fulnef of

it,

yet can

get

no

Bffftance

by

Miniftrkrs

nor Magiflrates.

We long

alfo

heartily

to know, being

you have perfwaded

the

Minifters

of

the

County of

Worcefíer

to that

mat

neceffary and

ufeful

Catechizing and Private

fn-

Itru&ion,

Whether

by

the prefent

great

Change in

England,

both in Churches

and

Govern-

ment,

and

chiefly,

being

that

we bear

that

Epifcopacy

prevailetb,

the

Prelatical

Dignity

r,

notfame way retrenched;

and

whether

they bear

/lilt that

irreconcileable

barred againllgood

and

odly

Presbyterians,

that

they may not be

faltered

to

exercife

their

Charge

and

Duty?

Or

if

they

are

wholly

deprived

of

the power

and

authority to

ferve their

Pacifbeo, as to our

great

Scandal we

are informed.

I had many things more to write to you, but

dare

not trouble

you, moll

worthy

Sir,

any further, fearingto

keep

you

from yourweigh-

ty

Bufinefs.

Only I

crave very humbly your

Anfwer, and

as

much

Information

of

the true prefent Eftate,

as

opportunity

will give

you

leave

,

Whether

we bave

fo

much

caufe to

fear

the

Introdullion

of

Popery

in

England,

as

fame

,

by

the

News among!!

as are

wholly

perfwaded?

In

the mean while,

we will

continue to pray the Lord

our God and molt

merciful

Father,

with

all

our Hearts and

Souls ,

to preferve your

Perfon for

the

General Good and Edification of

his

wholeCatholick

Church,that

your

great

Light

may thine more and

more;

and

fo

Iremain,

Reverend and

molt worthy

Sir,

Saingall

in

Helvetia

Reformatb,r6

4

Your

humble

and moll

prit

1663.

Affeiionate

Servant

7obn

Sollicofer,

unworthy

Servant

of

Chriltr

The

vigilant

Eye of

Malice that fame had upon me, made me underhand that

(

though no Law

of

the Land

is

againtt Literate Perfons

Correfpondencies beyond

Seas,

nor

have

any

Divines been hindered from

it,

yet)

it

was

like to have pro-

ved my ruine,

if

I had but been known to anfwer one

of

there

Letters, though the

Matter

had been never fo much beyond Exceptions.

So

that I neither anfwered

this

nor

any other,fave only

by

word

of

mouth to the

Meffenger

;

and

that

but

in

fmall

part

;

for

much

of

this

(in

the

latterpart)

was

Matter not to

be touched.

Our

Silencing

and

Ejesion

he would quickly know by other

means, and how much

the

Judgments

of

the

Englifb

Bilbops

did

differ from theirs

about the

Labours

and

Perfons

offuch

as

we.

443.

About

this

time I

thought meet to

debate the Cafe

with

fome Learned

and

Moderate

Eje&ed

Minifters

of

London

,

about

Communicating

fometimes

in

the

Parida

Churches

in the Sacraments

:

(

For

they

that

came

to Common Prayer

and Sermon, came not yet to

Sacraments).

They

defired me

to bring

in

myJudg-

ment and

Reafons

in writing

:

which

being debated, they were

all

of

my mind

in

the main,

That

it

is

lawful and

a

duty where greater Accidents preponderate not.

But

they

all

concurred

unanimoufly in this,That

if

we did

Communicate at

all

in the

Parifh Churches, the

Sufferings

of

the Independents and

thofe Presbyterians

that

cculd

not

Communicate there,

would certainly be very much increafed, which

now