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art

III.

IZevereind

Mr.

R

ichárd

Baxter.

People,

for the Teaching

which

they

had

loft,

or

the fear

of

the great

and

final

Reckoning, affeft

the

Hearts

of the

Prelatifts,

or

ftop them in

their

way.

The

chief Promoters

of

this

among

the Clergy, were faid

to

be

the Atch-

bilhop

of

Canterbury,and

Dr.

Seth

-Ward,

the

Bithop

of

Salisbury

:

And

one

of the

greateft

Ad-

verfaries

of

it

in the Lord's

Houfe, was

the

very Honourable Earl

of

Southampton,

Lord Treafurer of

England ;

.

a Man

that

had

ever adhered

to the

King, but under

-

Stood

the intereft

of

his

Country,

and

of

Humanity.

It

is

without Contradi

&ion

Reported,

that

he faid, No

honeJE

Man

would

take

that

bath.

The

Lord

Chancellor

Hide alfo, and

the reft of

the Leaders

of that

mind and way, promoted

it,

and

eafily

procured

it

to

pafs

the Hodes, notwithftanding

all

that

was

Paid

againft

it.

§

S.

By

this

Adt

the

Cafe

ofthe

Minifters

was

made

fo

hard,

that

many

thought

themfelves

neceffitated

to

break

it,

not

only by

the

neceffity

oftheir

office,

but bya

natural

impoffibility

of

keeping

it,

unlefs

they

fhould

murder

themfelves

and

their

Families.

t.

As

to

a

moral

Neceffity,

as

they durft not

be fo Sacrilegious as

to

defert the

Sacred

Office

wholly,

to

which

they were

confecrated

.

(which would be worfe

than

/mantas

and

Sapphira's

Alienating

their

devoted

Money

)

fo

they

could

hardly ex-

ercife

any

part of

their

Office,

ifthey

did

obey

this

Adt. For,

i.

The

Cities and

Corporations arc the molt

confiderahle

part

of

the

Kingdom,

and

alfo

had,

for the molt

part, the

greateff need

of

help

;

partly,

becanfe

ofthe

numeroufnefs

of the

People

:

For in

many

Parilhes in

London,

the fourth part (nay

in

force

the tenth

part)

cannot

be

contained in

the

publick

Temples,

if

they came,

fo

as

to hear what

is faid.

Partly

alfo,

becaufe

Ilion

Corporations having

fmailer

Maintenance

than the

Rural Parifhes, are worfe provided

for

by

the Conformifs

:

And

every where

the private

Work of

Over

-fight, andMinifterial Help,

is

through

their

Numbers,

greater than

many Minifters

can

perform;

and

it

is

a

work

that

I

never yet

knew one

Prelatilt

well

perform,

to

my

remembrance; and few

of

then

meddle with

it

at all,

any

farther than to

read

Common

Prayer force

time

to

a

dying

Man,

if

any one

of

a

Multitude delire

it.

2. Many

of

them had Paftoral Charges

in

Cities and

Corporations, from

the

obli-

gation of

which

they take

not

themfelves

to

be well releafed, by

the bare prohibition

of

Man,

while their Peoples

needs and delires

continue, and where

their

places

are

füpplyed

with

Men fo

ignorant

and vicious,

as

to

he

un-meet

for

filch

a

charge

of

.

Souls

:

And

it

muff be

more than

theWill of

Man,

that

mutt

warrant

them

to

fly

and forfake

their

Flocks,

to

which

they had a lawful

Call,

and to leave

their

Souls

to

thole

notorious Perils,

as

in

very many placesthey mutt do.

3.

And

in

the

ref

ofthe Land, where

can a

Minifter labour

with

advantage,

but

with

thofe

that

know him, and

areknown

of

him,and haveformerly profited byhim,

and will affordhim

Entertainment?

4.

If

it

be lawful

to

defert the

Souls

of

all

Cities

and Corporations and

all

other

Parifhes

where-ever we preach'd,

it

will follow

that

it

is lawful

to

defert

all

thereff,

and

fo facrilegioufly

todefert

our

office.

S.

Chriftfaith,

When they perfecute

you in

one

City, fly

to

anothei.

Therefore

we

are not

obliged

to

defect themall,

as

loon

as

we

are

commanded.

6,

The

Preaching

of

Chrift's Apoftles, and

of

all his

Minifters,

for

30o Years,

was

againft

the

will

of

the Princes, andRulers óf the Countries where

they preached:

And

yet they planted

Churches, and

ordained Elders principally in all

the

Cities

where they

came, and

would

rather

fuller lmprifonment and

Death, than

to

defert

them

any

further, than

by flying

from

one

to

another.

§ 9. 2. But

natural

neceffity

alfo conftrained

many: For

many

had

Wives,

and

many

Children

to maintain, and

had

not

one Penny

of

yearly Revenue,,

nor

any

thing but the Gifts

of

charitable People

to

maintain them

:

And

if

they

had

a

poor

Cottage

to

live in; and no Money

to

pay

their

Rent, nor

to

buy

Fire, Food,

or

Cloathing, they

had much

lefs

enough

to

take another Houfe, and pay

for there-

moval

of

their

Goods

far

off, and

the

Charges

of

a

new Settlement

;

and

there to

dwell among Strangers,

far from thole

whofe

Charity relieved them,

was

but

to

turn

their

Families

to

famifh, which Is

more inhumane, than

to

fee

a

Brother

have

need, and

to

that up

the

Bowels

of

our compalion from

him, which

yet

is

contrary

to the

Love

of

God.

$

t

o. And indeed, in

many

Countries,

it

was

hard to

find many places

which

were not within

five Miles

of

tonic

Corporation, or of

force place

where

we

had

A

a

a a

z

Preached