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448

2heLIEE

of,&c.

IR.

I.

Lady

as

the

Cafe

deferibeth. And though

God

may pollibly convert and make'

tuitable, and do wonders hereafter, yet

it

being

things

likely,

and not

things

only

pofble

which

reafon muff

expea,

I mull

fay

that the

Confequents

of

filch an unfui-

`

table

Match,

are like to be bitterer to her,

than

one

that

is

indifferent and regard-

lefs

of

the Concernmenis

of

a Soul

can

unclear-and. 4.

Change

but

the Tables,

and put the

Cafe

to a

judicious

Papilt, and

he

will

refolve

it

as

I

have

done;

and

'

tell

you that

a

Difpenfation may

be

given but in fach

Cafes.

F.

If

the

Cafe had

'

been,

Whether

filch a

Lady might

give all

her Eftate to

a

Papilt without

her Per-

'

fon,

I

should

not think

fhe

had halt

to

much-reafon to be willing.

Allots,

uly`zr.

166f.

Baxter.

445.

And now after

all

the Breacheson the Churches, the fije&ion

of

the

Mi-

nilters, and Impenitency under

all, Wars and Plague and

danger

of

Famine be-

'

gan

all

at once on

us.

War with the

Hollanders,

which yet continueth

:

And the

'

drieft

Winter,

Spring

and

Summer

that

ever

Man

alive

knew,

or our

Forefathers

mention

of late

Ages

:

fo

that the Grounds

were burnt like the

High

-

ways,where

the Cattle

should have fed!

The

Meadow Grounds

where!

li-

About

r0000

a

week

died,

'

ved bare

but four Loads

of

Hay, which before bare forty

:

The

account;ng

the Quakers,

ana-

'

Plague bath

feizerl

on

the

famoufeft and

molt

excellent

City of

bapt,lls, and others,

whowere

'

Chriftendom

and at this time

Soso and near

oo

die

of

all

not

numbred in

the Weekly

Difeafes

in

a

Week

:

It

bath

fcuetered

and confumed the

Inha,-,

Bills.

bitants:

Multitudes being dead and fled:

The

Calamities and

Cries

of

the

difeafed

and impoverilhed

arenot

to be conceived by

thofe

that are

abfent

frot

*hem

!

Every Man

is,

a

terrourto

his

Neighbour

and

himfelf

t

for

God

for our

Sins

is

a

Terrour

to

us

all,

O

how

is London,

the

place which God

bath

honoured with

his

Gofpel

above all Places

of

the Earth ,

laid low

in Honours,

and

wafted

eland

to Defolation,

by

the Wrath

of

God,

whom England

hath con

-

temned

;

and a God

-

hating Generation are confumed

in their

Sins,

and the Righ-

teous

are alto taken away

as

from

greater Evil yet to

come.

Strange Comets

(which

filled

the Thoughts and

Writings

of

Aftronomers)did in theWinter andSpring along

time appear beforethefe Calamities.

Yet

under

all

thefe

Defolations-

the

Wicked

are

hardened,

and

calf

all on the Fanaticks:

and

the true dividing Fanaticks and

Seetaries

are

not yet

humbled for former Mifcarriages,

but

caft

all on the

Prelates

and Impofers

:

And

the ignorant

Vulgar are ftupid, and know

not

what

ufe to

make

of

any

thing they

feel

:

But thoufands

of the

fober,

prudent,

faithful

Servants

of

the Lord, are mourning

in fecret,

and waiting

for

his

Salvation; in Humility

and Hope they

are

ffaying.themfelveson God, andexpe&ingwhat

he

will do

with

them. From

London

it is fpread

through many Counties,

elpecially

next

London,

where

few places, efpecially

Corporations, are

free

:

which

makes

me oft groan

and with,

That

LONDON

AND ALL

THE

CORPORATIONS O

F

ENG-

LAND

WOULD REVIEW

THE

CORPORATION ACT AND THEIR

OWN

ACTS,

AND SPEEDILY REPENT.

Leaving

molt

of

my Familyat

Acton

compaffed

about with the Plague, at the writing

of

this through the mercy

of

my dear Godand Father

in

Chrift,

I

am

hitherto in Safety and Comfort,

in

the

Houfe

of

my dearly beloved and honoured Friend

Mr.

Richard

Hampden

of

Hamp-

den

in

Buckinghamfhire,

the true heir

of

his famous

Father's Sincerity,

Piety

and De-

votednefs

to

Gott;

whofe

Perkin and Family the Lord

preferve, and honour them

that

honour him, and

be

their Everlafting Reft and Portion.

Hampden,

Septemb.

28.

r66í.

onto'

THE