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The

LIFE

of

the

iI&.I,

crowds

of

Words

; feeing thefe

two

were reputed the ftrongeft on

each fide;

So

I

borrowed

Amelia, his

FreJh

Suit,

&c. and becaufe I could

not

keep

it

1

tranfcribed

the

frength of

it the broad Margin

of

Dr.

Burger

his

Rejoynder,

over againft each

Paragraph which

he

replied to

:

And I

fpent a confiderable time in the

1tridelt

.

Examination

of

both which I

could

perform.

And' the refult.ofall my

Studies was as

followeth

:

Kneeling I thought lawful,

and

all

meet Circumftances determined by the Magiftrate, which

God in Nature

or Scripturehath determined ofonlyin the General.The

Surplice I more doubted of;

but

more inclined

to think

it lawful

:

And though Ipurpofed, while

I

doubted,

to forbearit

till neceffity lay upon me,

yet

could

I not

have jullified

the forfaking

of

my

Minilry

for it

;

(

though

I

never wore

it

to

this day).

The

Ring

in

Mar-

riage I

made

no

Scrupleabout.

The

Crofs

in

Baptifm

I

thought Dr.

Amer

proved

unlawful; and

though I wasnot without

fonte

doubting in the Point, yet

becaufe

I

molt inclined to

judge

it

unlawful,

never once

ufed it

to

this day.

A Form

of

Prayer

and Liturgy

I

judged to be lawful,

and in tome

Cafes

lawfully impofed

:

Our

Liturgy in particular,

I

judged

to

have

much

diforder

and

defeEtiveneß

in

it,

but nothing

which

thould make

the

ufe

of

it, in the ordinary

Publick

Worfhip, to

be unlawful to them that have

not

Liberty to do better. Difcipline

I

wanted in

the Church,

and faw the

fad Effects

of

its negle&

:

But

I

did not

then underhand

that the

very

Frame

of. Diocefan

Prelacy excluded it, but thought it had

been

on-

ty

the

Bilkops

perfonai

negleóls.

Subfcription

I

began to judge unlawful, and faw

that

I

finned by

temerity

in what

I

did:

For though I

could

Bill ufe

the Common

Prayer, and

was

not yet

againft Diocefans

, yet to

Subfcribe

,

Ex Animo,

That

there

it

nothing

h

the three

Books

contrary

to the

Word

of

God,

was

that, which

if

it had

been to do again,

I durft

not

do.

So

that

Subfcription,

and the

Croft

in Baptifm,-and

the

promif

uons

giving of

the

Lord's

Supper

to

all Drunkards, Swearers, Fornicators, Seer

-

ners

at

Gedlineß,

&c. that are not Excommunicate

by

a

Bithop

of

Chancellor

that

is

out of their

Acquaintance.

Theft

three were

all

that

I

now

became a

Noncom

formift

to.

But

moil

of

this

I

kept to

my

felt

I

daily difputed againft the Nonconformirts ;

for

I

found their Cenforioufnefs and Inclinations towards Seperation,(in the weak-

er fort of

them) to

be

a

Threatning

Evil, and

contrary to Chri(tian

Charity

on

one

fide, as

Perfecution

is

on

the

other.

Some

of

them

that pretended

to much

Learning, engaged me in

Writing

to difpute the

Cafe

of

Kneeling at the Sacra-

ments

;

which

I

followed till

they

gave it over.

I

laboured continually

to

reprefs

their

Cenf

rioufnefs, and

the

boldnefs and bitrernets

of

their Language againft the

Bilhçtps, and to reduce themeto greater_

Patience and Charity. But

I

found

that

their' Sufferings from

the

Bifhops

were the great

Impediment of

my

Succefs,

and

that

he

that

will blow

the

Coals mull

not wonder if

fome Sparks

do

fly

in

his

face;

and

that to

perfecute

Men,

and then call

them to Charity,

is

like

whipping Children to

make them

give

over Crying.

The

fronger

fort

of Chri-

flians can bear

Molds

and Imprifonments

and Reproaches for

obeying God and

Confèience,without abating their Charity

or

their. Weaknefs

to their Pertecutors;but

to expe& this from

all

the weak and injudicious,the young and

paffionate,is againft

all Reafori and

Experience

:

I

faw

that

he

that

will

be

loved,

mutt

love

;

and

he-

that rather

choofeth to

be

morefeared than

loved,

mull

expel

to

be

hated, or

lo-

ved but diminutively

:

And

he

that will

have

Children,

mull

be a Father:

and he

that will

be

a

Tyrant

muff be

contented with

Slaves.'

§

zo.

In

this

Town of

Dudley

I

lived

(

not

a

Twelve-

month)

in

much com-

fort,

among1

a

poor traetable People,

lately famous

for

Drunkennefs,

but com-

monly more ready

tohear

God's-

Word with fubutillion

and

reformation,

than moll

Places where

I

have

come:

fo

that

having

lime

the Wars

fet

up

a

Monthly, Le-

duc

there, the Church

was ufually

as

much crowded within,

and

at the Windows,

as

ever I faw any

London

Cdngregations:

(Partly

through the

great

willingnefs

of

the People,

and partly

by

the exceeding

populoírfnefs

of

the

Country, where the

Woods and

Commons are planted with

Nailers,

Scithe Smiths ,.

and other

Iron

-

Labourers,

like

a

continued Village).

And

here

in

my weaknefs

I

was obliged

to

thankfulnefs to

God, for

a

conveni-

ent

Habitation,

and

the tender

care

of Mr.

R.

Foley's

Wife,

a

Genlewoman

of

ftch

extraordinary

Meeknefs and

Patience, with

lincere

Piety

,

at

will

not

eafily

be believed by thofe

that knew her not

!

who

died about

two

years after.

§

zr.

When

I

had been but three quarters

of

a

year

at

Dudley,

I

was by

God's

very

gracious Providence

invited to

Bridgnorth,

the

fecond

Town of

Sbropfhire,

to

preach there

as

Affiliant to

theworthy Pallor of

that

place.

As

Loon as

I

heard

the