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RT II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

4q-5

now were fomewhat moderated

by

concurrence with them.

Y

thought the Cafe

very hard on

both

fides,

That

we

that

were

fo

much cenfured

by

them for going

fomewhat further than they, mutt yet omit that which

elfe

mutt

be

our Duty,

meetly to abate their

Sufferings

that

cenlùre

us

:

But

I

refblved

with them to

for-

bear

a while,

rather than

any Chriftian

Ihould fuffer by occafion

of

an

aEtion

of

mine,

Peeing

God

will have

Mercy

and

not Sacrifice,

and no Duty

is

a

Duty

at all

times.

4444

In

Jnÿ

164

the Lord

Ajhley

fent

a

Letter to

Sir

fobnTrevor,

That

a

worthy Friend of

his,

in

whofe Café the

King

did greatly concern himfelf, had

all his

Fortunes callupon thy Refohxion

of

the enclofed Cafe,

which

was,

Whether

a

Proteflant Lady,

of

frill

Education, might marry

a Papifl, in

hope

of

his

Converfion,

be promifmg

not to

diflurb her in ber

Religion.

It

came at

Six a

Clock Afternoon, and

knowing

it

was a

Cafe

thatmult

be

cauteloufly refolved at

the Court,

I

took

time

till

the next Morning, that

I

might

give

my Anfwer in Writing.

The

next day

the Lord

Afhley

wrote again, with many

words

to incline me

to

the

Affirmative

;

for the Lady

told

them

floe

would

not

confent

unlefs

I

fatisfied

her that it

was

law-

ful.

(Who the

Lord and Lady were

I know

not

at

all,

but

have an

uncertain Con

-

je&ure)

:

So

I

Bent

the following

Refolution.

The

Cafe

was thus

exprefid.

Whether one

that

was

bred

a

ftrisIt

Protelfant,

and

in the moll

leyere ways

of

that

Profeflion

, lived

many

years

without giving

offence

to any

;

well

known in

her

own

Country to

be fuch

;

may

without

offence

to God, or Man, marry a

profelt Roman Catholick, in

hopes

of

taking him off the Errour

of

his ways,

he

engaging never to

dilturb

her

?

My Lord's

Letter

was

as

follows.

I,

S

I

R,

THere is

a

very good

Friend

of

mine,

and

one

bis Majefly is very much concerned

far,

that

this

enclofedCafe

bas the power

of

his

Fortune,. None

bat

that

worthy

Divine

Mr. Baxter

can

fatiofie

the Lady

;

tbro

has

been

the

way

by

which the

Romanifla

have

gained

very mach

upon

us:

they

are

more

powerful in perfwafion

than

our Sex

,

befidea,

the

patting

this

Cafe

fhewa

fame

inclination

to

the

Perforo,

though not

to

the

Religi-

on.

Sir,

If

Mr.

Baxter

be

withoou,

pray let

me

bave

bio

Opinion to

this

Cafe

in writing

under

it.

Wherein you may

oblige

more

than

you

think

for,

Your

very

afetlionate Friend

to

ferveyou,

ASHLEY.

For

his

much honoured Friend Sir 7obn Trevor,

at iltlon

To

this

Cafe

I

drew up the

following Anfwer

,

and feat

it

to

Sir

John Trevor,

to be

by

him

conveyed

to

my

Lord Athley.

SIR,

^rHough

I cannot

be infenfible

how inconvenient to

myfelf

the Anfwer

of

this

1l

Cafe may poflibly

prove,

by difpleafing thofe who

are concerned in

it, and

medling about a Cafe

of

Perlons utterly

unknown to me,

yet

becaufe

I

take it

'

to be

a

thing which Fidelity to the

Truth ,

and Charity

to

a

Chriftian

Soul

re-

quireth,

I

!hall

fpeak my

Judgment whatever be the

Confequents. But

I

muff

crave