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PART

II.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

;.And

as

for

the

Converfionof

another, Marriage

is

none

of

the

means

that God

`

hath commanded

for

that end(that

ever

I

could find): Preach-

'

ing, or Conference with

judicious Perfons,are

the

means

of

fuck

Cor.6.

s

r 5.

unequal yo.

'

Converfion

!

And

if

it

be

a

hopeful thing, it may be tried

and

king

with

others,

as

well as

y

accomplifhed

fiat

:

There

are enow

of

us

who are ready to meet

believers by parity

of ...eon,

is

proportionably

evil:

ouf-

'

any Man

of

the Papal way, and to evincethe Errours

of

their

netswith

Unnghteoufnefsoefs,,Light

Se&

(by theallowance

of Authority)

:

If

Reafon,or

Scripture,

with

Darknefs

bath no

Cose-

'

or

the Church,or

Senfe

it

felf may.be believed,

we

Ihall

quickly

munion.

`lay

that

before

them that hathevidence enough

to

convince them:

`

But

if

none

of

this can do

it before

hand,howcan

a Wife

hope

to

do

it?

the Might

not to think

a

Husband

fo

fond

and weak,as

in

the

Matters

of

his Salvation

to be

led

by his Afl eeions

to

a

Woman,

againft

his

Reafon,

his

Party

and

his

Educati-

on.

Or

if

file

can

do morethan

a

Learned Man can

do,

let

her do

it

fist,

and

'

marry trim

after.

I

had rather

give my

Money or my

Hottfe and

Land in

Charity;

`

than to

give my felf

in Charity, meerly in hope to do

good

to another.

It

is

a

`

Love

of Friendfhip

and Complacence,and

not

a love

of

meer Benevolence,which

'

belongeth

to

this

Relation. Moreover,Errour and

Sin

are deep rooted things,

and

it

is

God only that can change

loch hearts,

and Women are weak, and Me nave

'the

Rulers ; and

therefore to marry,if it were a

vicious ungodly

Proteftant,meerly

''in

hope to change him,is

a

Courfe which

I

think

not

meet here to name

or

aggra-

vate

as

it defere

nth.

4. Yea,fhe may juftly fear

rather

to be changed by

him:

For

he

bath the

ad-

'

vantage in Authority, Parts and Intereft. And

we are naturally more

prone to E-

vil than

to Good.

Its

eafier

to

infe&

twenty Men than to cure one And

if he

'fpeak

notto her

againft her Religion,enow more

will.

f.

Or if

fife

be

fo

happy

as

to

efcape Perverfion,there

is

little hope

of

herefca-

'

ping

a

fadcalamitous

Life

:Partly

by

guilt, and partly by her

grief

for

a

Husband's

Soul,and-partly

by

Family-

difforders

and fins, and alfo by daily temptations, dif-

'

appointments, and want

of

thofe helps and comforts in

the way to Heaven,which

her Weaknefs needeth,and her Relation Ihould afford.

So

that

if

her

Soul (cape,

'the

mug

look

that

her

great

Af$i &ion Ihould be

the

means

:

And

yet

we cannot fo

confidentlyexpe& from God,that

he fanetifie

to

us a

felf-

chofen

Aflli

&ion

as

ano-

'

ther.

6Suppofing

him to

be one

that

loveth

her

Perlon truly,andnot

only her

Efate

'

(for

elfe the

mutt expe& to Band by

as

a

contemned

thing)

yet

his

Religion will

not

allow him otherwife to loveher,than

as

a

Child

of

the

Devil,in

a

Bate

of

Dam

-.

'

nation

may be loved.

For

their Religion teacheth

them,That none

can be

fated

`

but

the

Subje&s

of

the

Pope.

`If

it be

obje&ed

['Zr

fiemetb

it

it

no

fin,in

that

you can allow

it

in a

Cafe

of

Necefty,

or

for

the notable

benefit

of

the Church or

State].

I anfwer, It

is

no

fin

in thofe Cafes:

but out

of

them

it is

t It

is

no

fin,but my

duty,to

lay

down

my Life for my

King

`

or

Country

:

but

it followeth

not that

1

may therefore

do it without

fufficient

`

Caule

:

So

it

is

in

this Cafe.

'

Having

plainly given

you my judgment in the

propofed Cafe,

I

leave

it

to

that,

'

Noble Lord wholent

for

it, to

life

it,

or conceal

it,

or

burn

it,

as

he

pleafe.

For

'

it

being not

the

Lady

that

fent

to

delire my Refolution, but he, my Anfwer

is

not

'

hers, but

his

that fent for

it.

But

I

humbly crave,

that if

the be

at

all

acquainted

with

my Anfwer,

(or

any one elfe)

it may

not

be

by

report, but

by

(hewing

it

`

her entire,

as

I

have

written it. And

as

1

doubt notbut

his

Honourwill

find

it fell

`

engaged

to

preferve me from the difpieafure

of

loch

as

he acquaineth

with

it

(it

'

being but the anfwer

of

his

delire,

and not an Employment which

I

fought

for)

fo

'

it

muff be remembred

"That

I

have

purpofely avoided the medling

with the

par,

'titular

Errours

of

the Romanilts Religion.

x.

That

I

fpeak

not a word againft

any Chriftian Love to Papifts,

or amicable Correfpondence with them

as

our

'

Neighbours:

much

left am

I patting any

Sentence

on their

Souls,

or

Countenan-

cing

thofe who run from them

into

any

contrary Extreme.

But a Husband and á

"bofome

Friend,

are

Relations which requirefach

a

fpecial fuitablenefs,

as is

not to

'`be

found in

all

whom we

mull

love.

;.

And what

I fay

of

the Papift, I

fay alfo

`

of

any debauchr ungodly

Protellant: For it

is

not

Names

and

Parties

that

make

'

Men good, or

fave

their

Souls.

A Papill

who

is

holy, heavenly,

of

an

upright

`

mortified Life, and

not

of

a

bloody

or uncharitableMind to

thofe

that

differ

from

iim,is

in

a

far happier

Bate

as

to

himfelf; though I think that

the

Heart and

Lift

`

of the

one,

and

the

fadgment

of

the

other,

do

make

them both unfuitable'to lush a

Lady

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