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'[he

L

I

F

E

of

the

Part.

III

that

Learned and

Worthy

Man,

Mr.

Sbam,

another

Silenc'd Minifter, and his Bro-

ther

in Law ; who being

flint

up,

gave

God Thanks for

his Deliverance, in a

very

Learned and Profitable

Treatife,

v,

hich he Publifhed thereupon.

And

finte being

found

(

not

only very Learned,

but

)

moderate, and holding

Communion in

the

Pnblick Affemblies, and a peaceable Man,

bath got

connivance

to

Teach

a Publick

School,

a

great

favour in thefe

Times.

3.

Mr.

Roberts,

a

Godly

WeiJh

Minifter,

who alfo flying

from the Plague,

fell

Sick, as

far

off,

as

between.Shremsburyand.

Ofinefiry,

and died on

a

little

Straw, while

none durst

entertain

him.

4..

It

is fcarce

poffible

for

People

that

live

in

a

time ofHealth

and

Security,

to

apprehend the dreadfulnefs

of

that

Peltilence

!

How fearful People

were,

thirty

or forty, if

not

an

hundred Miles from

London,

of

any

thing that

they bought from

any Mercer's,

or Draper's

Shop ;

or of

any

Goods

that

were brought

to them; or

of

any

Perfon

that

came

to their

Hou les.

How they would.jhut

their

Doors

againft

their

Friends ; and

if

a

-Man

,paired

over

the

Fields, how onehvould avoid

another,

as

we did

in

the time ofWars

;

and

how

every

Man was a

Terrour to

another

!

O

how

finfully

unthankful are we

for our quiet

Societies,

Habitationsand Health

!

§

g.

Not

far from the

place

where

I

fojournedy

at

Mrs.

Fleetwood's,

three

Mi-

nifters of extraordinary

worth

`Were

together

in one Houfe, Mr. Clearkfn,

Mr.

Sam.-Cradóck, asid Vfr..Terry, Men-

offiniilar

judgment,

Piety, and

Moderation;

and thePlague

canine

into the

Hotife

inhere they were, one

Pedal'

dying

of

it,

which

caufed

many

( that they

knew

not

of)

earneftly

to

pray for

their Deliverance;

and

it

pleafed God

that

no

other

Perfon dyed.

§ 6. Bat one

great

Benefit

the

Plague

brought to theCity,

that

is,

it

occafion-

ed

the

Silenc'd

Minifters more openly and laborioully

to

Preach

the Cofpel,

to the

exceeding comfort and

profit ofthe

People

; infomuch,

that to

this Day

thefreo-

dom

of

Preaching, which this

occafioned,

cannot,

by

the

daily Guards

of

Soldiers,

not

by

the Imprifonments

of

Multitudes, be rehrained.

The

Minifters

that

were

Silenced

for Nonconformity,

had

ever

fine

t

662. done

their

Work

very privately;

Itwas the and

to

a few

(

not

fo much

through their

timoroufnefs,

as

their

loathnefs

to

offend

Plague

the

King,

and in hope frill

that their

forbearance might procure

them

fome

Liberty;

that

through

forme

timoroufnefs

of

the People

that

Ihould

hear them.)- And when

brougt

the

Plague

grew

hot,

molt

Of

the

Confdimable Minifters

fled, and

left their

Flocks,

themout in

the time of their

Extremity::: whereupon divers Non-conformifts

pitying the dy-

of

their ing and diftreflèd People,

that

had none

to

call

the impenitent to Repentance, nor

narrow

to

help :lien

to

prepare for another

World

;

nor to

comfortthem in

their Terrors,

Meetings

when about

Ten

Thoufand dyed in

a

Week,

refolved

that

no obedience

to

the

Laws

intopub,

of

any

mortal

Men

wliofoever,

could juftifie them

for neglelting of

Men's

Souls

and

lick.

-

Bodies in

fiu:h

ektreniities;

no more

than

they

can

jnftifie

Parents for

famiihing

their

Children

to

death

:

And

that

when Chrift

Mall

fay, Inafìnuch

as

ye

did

it

notto

one

of

theft,

ve

did

it not

to

nie,

-lt

will be

a

poor

excnfe

to

fay,

[Lord

I was

forbidden

by the

Law.] Therefore

they refolved

to

flay

with the People,

and

to

go in

to

the

forfaken Pulpits, though Prohibited,

and

to

preach

to

the poor

People before they

dyed

;

and

alfo

to

vifit

the

Sick,

and

get what relief they

could for

the Poor,

efpeci-

ally

thole

that

were fhut

up..

Thofe that

fet upon this

work,

were Mr.

'Thomas

Vincent,

late Minifter in

Milk-free.-

;

with

fonce

Strangers

that

canse

thither,

fine

they

were Silenced,

ai

Mr.

Chefder,

Dir. 7aneieay,

Mr. Turner,

Mr. Grimes, Mr.

Frantin,

and

faint

others.

Thofe beard

them one Day

oft,

that, were

lick

the next,

and

quickly dyed.

The

Face

of

Death did

fo

awaken both

the

Preachers, and

the

Hearers,

that

Preachers exceeded themfelvesin

lively,

fervent Preaching,

and

the

People crowded

confrantly

to

hear them

;

and all was done

with

fo

great

Seriouf-

nefs,

as

that,

through the

Bidding

of God,

abundance

were converted from

their

Csrelefnefs, Impenitency, and youthful Lulls and

Vanities;

and Religion

took that

hold

on

the

Peoples

Heaits,

as could

never' afterward

be locfed.

§

y.

And at the

fame

time,

svhilft

God

was confirming

the

People

1w

thefe

Judgments, and the

Noncotforntifts

were labouring

to

fave Men's Souls,

the Parli-

ament (

which.

fate

at

Oxford,

whither the King

removed from

the danger of

thy

Planet)

was

]nape

-in

making an

Ad

of

Confinement,

to

make

the

Silenc'd

Minifters

Cafe in-omparaibly

harder than it

Was

before,

by

putting

upon them

a

iertain Oath,

white

if

they refufed, they

null

not

come

( except the

Road)

within

five

Miles

of

any

City,

or

of

any

Corporation,

or

any place

that

fendeth

Burgeffcs

to the Parlia-

meït;

or

of

any place

where-ever they had

been Minifters,

or

had preached

fince

the

At

of

()Mix ion.

So

little

did

the

Senfe

of

God's

terrible Judgments,

or

of

the

r_crcfrities

of

many

hundred thoufand ignorant

Souls,

or the

Groans

of

the

pier