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The

LI

I

E

of

the

Part III:

Preached before

( for

fome Minihers preached

in a

great-

number

of

Parifhes

at

feveral times

)

And

if

fuch

a

place

were found,

was

it

like

that there

would be

Houfes enough

found untenanted,

to

receive

fo many

Minihers?

Or

if there

were,

perhaps

the Landlords

would be

fo much

for

Prelacy,

as

to

refufe

fuchTe-

nants, or

fo

tiinorousas

to

be

afraid, left

by receiving filch,

they

Should

bring them-

felvesunder

Sufpicion

of

favouring Non.conformilts,

and

fo

be

ruined; or

fo

cave

-

tous,

as

knowing

their

advantage,

to

askmore for

their

Houfes,

thanpoor

Milliners

that

had hardly

any

thing

left to

fubfift

on,

could be able

to

give.

Betides

that

al-

moft

all

Country

Houfes

are annexed

to the

Parata

or Landbelonging

to

them. And

Minihers are

ill

Farmers,

efpecially

when they have no

Money

to

Stock

their

Land.

§

i i

.

Yea,

they

allowed.

them

not to

be

kept

as common.

Beggars, on

the

Alms

of

the

Parilh

;

but when by

the

Law, every

Beggar

is,

to

be

brought to the

place

of

hisBirth, or

lait abode,

and

there

to

be

kept

on Alms

No

Minifter

mutt come,

within

five

Miles

of the

Parifh where he ever exercifed

his

Miniftry

;

nor

any than

were

born.

in Cities and Corporations,

muft come

within

five Miles

of

them,

for

relief.

§ i,a.

In this

ítrait,

thofe Minihers

that

had

any Maintenance

of

their

own,

did

find

out

fome

Dwellings in

obfcure Villages,

or

in

forne few

Market-Towns,

which were noCorporations

:

And thofe

that

had

nothing,did

leave

theirWivesand

Children,

and

hid themfelvesabroad, and

fometimes

cane

fecretly

to

them

by

night

But

(

God bringing Good out

of

Men's

Evil

)

many

refolved

to

preach

the

more

freely

in

Cities and Corporations till they went

to

Prifon

:

Partly,

becaufe

they were

then

in

the

way

oftheir

Calling,in whichthey

could

-fuffer

with

the

greater

peace

;

and

partly,

becaufe

theymight

fo

do fome good before they fuffered ; and

partly,

becaufe

the

People

much

defired

it,

and alto were readier

to

relieve

one

that

laboured

for

them, than

one

that

did nothing

but hide himfelf; and

partly,

becaufe

when

they

lay

in

Prifon for preaching

the

Gofpcl, both they, and

their

Wives

and

Children,

were

like

to

find

more pity and relief, than

if

they

fhould forfake

their

People, and

their Work.

Seeing

therefore the Qteftion

came

to

this Whether

Beggary

and

Famine

to

themfelves

and Families, with

the deferting

of?

their

Callings, and

the

People's

Souls, was

to

he

chofen,

or

the faithful

performance

oftheir

Work, with

a Prifon

after,

and

the

People's Compaffion?

They thought the latter, the

more

eligible.

§

13.

And yet

when they

had

fo

chafen,

their

Straits were great, for the

Country

was fo

impoverilhed;

that

thofe

of the

People who were, willing

to

relieve

the Minihers,

were not

able

:

And molt

that

were able, were

partlytheir

Adver-

faries,

and

partly worldly-

minded, and ftrait-handed, and unwilling. And, alas!

it

is not

now and

then a Shilling, or

a

Crowngiven (very

rarely)

whichwill pay

H'oufe

-Rent,

and maintain

a Family.

Thofe

Minihers

that

were unmarryed,

did

caGlier

bear

their Poverty;

but

it

pierceth

a

Man's

Heart to

have

Children crying,

and

Sicknefs come

upon them for want

of

wholfomFood,

or

by

drinking

Water,

and

to

have

nothing

to

relieve them. And Women are

ufually lets

patient of

Suffering

than Men;

and

their

Impatience would

be

more

to

a

Husband

than

his own wants.

I

heardbut lately,

of

a

good Man,

that

wasfain

to

Spin

as

Women do,

to

get

fome-

thing towards

his Family's

relief

(

which could be but

little;)

and

being Melan-

choly and

Dfeafed, it

was

but part of

the Day

that

he wasable

to

do

that:

Ano-

ther (Mr.

Chadwick

in Somerfet)

for a

long time had

little

but brown Rye

Bread

and

Water

for

himfelf,

his

Wife,

and many

Children, and

when his

Wife

was

ready

to

lye in, was

to

be

turned

out of

Door, for

not paying

Isis

Houfe-Rent.

But

set

God did

mercifully

provide

fame Supplies,

that

few

of

them

either

perilhed,

or

were expofed

to

fordid'unfeemly Beggary:

But

forte

few

were

tempted

againft

their

former judgments

to

Conform.

§

r

4.

The

Oath impofedon them

was

this.

I

A

B, Do

Smear,

That it

is not lawful,

upon

anypretence whatfoever,

to take

Arms

ágainft

the

King:

And that

I

do

abhor

thatTraytórous

Pofitfon,

of

taking

Arms

by

his

Authorit

agarnft

hes

Peifon,

or

againft

thofe

that are

Cnmmionated

by

-Him, in

purfue

-kiteoÎj?lcb Commi/fon: And that

I

will

not

at

any time-endeavour any alteration

of

Grttrrntnent,

either

in

Church

or

State.

The