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Part

x;1'

fá.everend A4r.

Richard

Baxter.

z

9.

§

39.

But tome

good rote out of all

thefe Evils

:

The

Churches

being

burnt,

and

he

Parilh

Minihers

gone

(for

want

of

places and maintenance)

the

Nonconformills

were

now

mire

refolved than ever,

to

preach

till they were

imprifoned

:

Dr.

Manton

had

his rooms

fill

in

Covent-Garden

;

Mr.

Thomas Vincent,

Mr.

Thomas.

Doolittle,

Dr.

Samuel Anneflcy,

Mr.

Wadsworth,

Mr.

yanoway

at

Rotherfrith,

Mr.

Chefler,

Mr.

Franklin,

Mr.

T

úrner, Mr. Grimes, Mr. Nathaniel rrincent,

Dr.

f

acomb,

(in the

Counters

of

Ewe-

,

ten's- Houfe)

and Mr.

Thomas hí'atfon, &c.

Did

keep

their

Meetings very openly, and

prepared large Rooms, and

fume

of

them plain Chappels,

with Pulpits,

Seats,

and

Galleriesfor the reception

of

as

many

as

could come.

For now

the

peoples

neceffity

was i nqueftionable: For they had none

other

to

hear, faving

a

few Churches

that

could

hold no coníiderable

part of

the people

:

So

that to forbid them

now

to

hear

the

Nonconfcrmiffs,

was all one

as

to

forbid them

all

publick worshiping

of God,

and

to

Command them

to

fort

ke

Religion and

to

live like

Atbeills

:.

And thus

to

forbid

them

to

feek

for

Fleaven when

they

had loft

ahnoft all

that

they had on

Earth,

and

to

take from them

their

fpiritual Comforts, after

all

their

oktward Comfortswere gone,

they thought

a

Cruelty

fo

barbarous,

as

to

be unhefeeming any Man,

that

would

not

own himfelf

to

be

a

Devil. But all this

little

moved

the Ruling Prelates,

facing

that

'flume

retrained

them from imprifoning thePreachers fo hotly and

forwardly

as

before.

The

Independents elfo

let

up

their

Meetings more openly

than before

; efpecially

Mr.

Griffiths

Mr.

Brooks

Mr. Caryl, Mr. Barker,

&C.

And Dr.

Omen

(who

had

before

kept

far off)' and Mr.

Philip

Nie,

and

Dr.

Thomas Goodwin,

who were

their

Leaders,

came

to the

City.

So

that

many

of

the Citizens went

to

thofe Meetings

called

pri-

gate, more, than went

to

the

publick Parifh Churches.

§ 40. Yet

at the

fame

time

it

happily'alfo fell out

that the

Pariah

Churches,

that

were left (landing, had

the

heft and ableft

of the

Conformifts in them.;

efpecially

Dr.

Stilfinfleet,

Dr.

Tillo

fon, Mr.

White,

Dr.

Ontram

Dr.

Patrick, Mr.

Gifford,

Dr.

Whitchcot,

Dr.

Horton, Mr.

Nell,

&c.

So

that

the moderate

fort of

the Citizens,heard

either

fort;

in publick

and private indifferently;

Which

thole

on

the

one

extreme

reproached

all Mens

preaching fave

their own

as

being feditious Conventicles

;

And

thofe

on

the other extreme,

would hear none

that

did

Conform; Or

if

any

heard

them, they

would never joyn with them

in the

Common

prayers

nor

the

Sacra-

ments.

§

45. Mr.

Philip

Nye

before this

(feting the

Independents like

to

fall

under

the

greater

fufferings,

if

they

refiifed

to

hear

in

publick) had

written

a

Mannfcript

to

prove it

lawful

to

hear Conformable Pariíh Minihers

(but not

medling

with

Com-

mon Prayer

or

Sacraments).

(For

before

the

Wars

in 5639

or

i

64o

he and Mr.Tho-

anas Goodwin,

had fall'n

off from hearing

Or

joyning in Common

Prayer and

Sacra-

ments

withthe

Parifhes, and my

Lord

Say

and Mr. Pi;n and

fonhe

others

had

gotthem

to

a

difpute with

Mr. john Ball,

the Nonconformist

who

as

fame

faith,

utterly

baffled

them). But when

Mr. Nye's

Manufcript

carne

out,

one Mr.

Stoneham

of their

own

party

confuted

it,

maintaining

that to

hear the Conformable

Minifers

was a

fin.

And

before

that

a

Pamphlet

came

out

in Mr.7obvGoodwin's name

before his

death,

to

prove

Prelatical Preachers

to

be no

Teachers

or

Minihers of Chrift, and

the

Com-

mon Prayer

to

he

Idolatry

:

And

a

(harper than

that to

the

fame

porpore

came

out

from

a

young

hot

fifth Monarchy Preacher

of

Worcefìerfhire

called Mr.

Brown.

Which

Mr.

`ïohn

rombes

the Anabaptift

anfwered, proving Parifh Communion lawful.

To

which

Brown

largely replyed,

and Mr.

Tombes

made

foie

fhort

defence.

§ 42. About

this time they renewed the

talk of

liberty of

Confcience

(for their

ordinary

ends,

to

keep people in hopes)

s

Whereupon

many

wrote for

it

(efpecially

Mir.

`John

Humfrees

and Sir

CharlesWolfley),

and

many

wrote

againft

it,

as

Dr.

Perin

-

eh

if, and others mo¡tly

without

Naines ;

for

the

Conformists were now grown

fo

hardened

as

not

only

to

do all themfelves

that

was

required

Of

them, but

alfo

to

think

themfelves

sufficient

for the whole Minihcrial work through the Land,

and

not

only

to

confect

to

their

filencing

of their

brethren, but

alfo

to

oppofe

their reftituti-

oa,

and

write molt

vehemently againft

it,

and

against any

toleration

of

them

:

So

little

do

men know when

they

once

enter into

an Evil way, where they ¡hall flop.

Not that

it

was fo

with all, butwith

too

many, especially

with molt of

the

young

men,

that

were

of

pregnant wits,

and ambitious minds, and had fet themfelves

to

feel:

preferments.

§ 43.

On which accounts a

great part

of

thofe

that

were

called Latitudinarians

be-

gan to

change

their temper,

and

to

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malignity against thofe

that

were

much

more Religious than themfelves.

At

firft .they were only

Cambridne

Armini-

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