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PART

I.

Reverend

Mr.

Richard

Baxter.

19

a

conlderable time

:

The

King

was exceedingffuñwilling

tocontent unto

his

death

;

and therefore ufed

all his

skill

to

have

drawn off

the

Parliament

fromfo

hot

a

Pro

-

fecution

of

him.

And

now began the

firft

Breach among themfelves

:

For the

Lord

Falkland,

the

dAn.164t

Lord

Digby,

and divers

other able Men, were for the

fparingof

his

Life,

and

grati-

fyng

the King,and not putting

him on

a

thing

fo

much

difpleaóng

to

him.The tell

fáid,

If

after the Attempt

of

Subverting

the Fundamental

Laws and Liberties

,

no

one

Man

Ihall fuffer

Death, it

will

encourage others hereafter to the

like.

The

Londoner,

petitioned

for

f

ufiice :

And too great numbers

of

Apprentices and others,

(

being imboldened

by

the Proceedings

of the

Parliament

, and not

fore

-

knowing

what

a

Fire the

Sparks

of

their temerity

would kindle

)

did too triumphingly and

diforderly urge

the Parliament, crying faflice,

yaflice.

And it

u

not

unlikely

that

fome

of

the Parliament-men did encourage them

to

this,

as

thinking that fame

backward Members

would

be quickned by Popular Applaufe

:

And withal, to

work on the Members

alfa by

difgrace, fome inlolent

Painter

did (feditioufly) draw

the Pi

&ures

of

the

chief

of

them

that

were for faring

the Lord Deputy

,

and

cal-

led

them the

Straffordians

(

he

being Earl

of

Strafford

)

and hang'd them

with

their

Heels

upward on the

Exchange.

Thodgh it cannot

be expe&ed

that in

fo

great

a City

there

Ihould be

no

Perforas

fo indifcreet

as

to commit

fuch diforderly

ons

as

thefe,

yet no fober Men Ihouldcountenance them,

or

take

part with them,

whatever ends might

be

pretended or intended.

The King

called thefe

Tumults

r

the

Parliament

called

them the

Cities

Petitioning

!

Thofe that connived at them

were

glad to

fee

the

People

of

their mind

in

themain, and thought it

would

do

much to

facilitate

their Work,

and hold

the

loofer

Members to

their

Cade:

For

though

the

Houfe was unanimous enough

in condemning Ship-money , and the

Er

carers

Oath,

and the

Bithops

Innovations,

etc. yet

it

was

long doubtful which

fide

would have the major

Voce

in

the matter

of

the Earl

of

Strafford's

Death, and

fuch

other

Ases as

were molt highly

ifpleafing to

the

King.

But

diforderly means

do

generally

bring forth more Dilorders, and

feldom

attain any good end

for

which

they are

ufed.

§

al.

The

Parliament

allo

had procured the King to

content to

lèveral

A&s

which

were

of great importance,

and emboldened the People by confirming their

Autho-

rity

:

As

an A& againft the

High Commiffion

Court,

and Church

-mens Secular

or

Civil

Power

;

and an

Aft that

this

Parliament

fhould

not

be diffolved till its

own Confent, (alledging that the diffolving

of

Parliaments emboldened

Delin-

quents, and

that

Debts and Dilorders werefo great

that

they

could

not

be

overcome

by them

in

a little

time)

:

Alto

anA& for

Triennial

Parliaments.

And the

Peo-

ple being confident

that

all

thefe were figned by

the King,

full fore

againft

his

will,

and that

he abhorred

what

was

done,did think

that the

Parliament which

had

con-

Drained

him to

this much, could

carry it

Rill

in what they

pleafed, and

fo

grew

much more regardful

of

the Parliament, and

tided

with them

not only

for

their

Cade,

and their own Ineereft,

but alto

as

fuppofing

them the

stronger fide

(which

the

Vulgar are

(till

apt to follow).

§

29.

But

to return

to my own matters

:

This

Parliament, among

other

parts

of

their Reformation,

refolved

to reform the

corrupted Clergy,and appointed a Com-

mittee

to receive Petitions and Complaints againft

them;

which

was

no

boner

un-

derftood, but multitudes in

all

Countreys came up with

Petitions

againft their

Mi-

nillers.

The.King

and

Parliament

were

not yet

divided, but

concurred, and

fo

no partaking

in

their

Differences was

any

part of

the Accufation

of

thefe Mini-

fters,till long after when the Wars had given the occafron ;

and then that

alto came

into their Articles:

but

before

it

was

only matter

of

Infulfrciency,

falfe

Dq&rine,

illegal

Innovations,

or

Scandal,

that

was

brought in againft

them.

Mr.

yobs

White

being

the Chair

-man of the Committee for

Scandalous

Mini

/Eert

(

as

it

was

called)

publifhed

in print

one Century

firft

of

Scandalous

Minifters,

with their Names,

Places, and

the

Articles proved againft them

:

where

fo

much

ignorance,

infuflìciency, drunkennefs,

filthinefs, eye.

was charged

on them,that ma-

ny

moderate men could have

wilted

that their Nakednefshad been rather

,hid

, and

not

expofed to the Worlds derifion, and

that

they had remembred

that the Papilla

did ftand

by, and would makefport

of

ir.

Another Century

alto was

after

pub=

lilhed.

Among

all thefe

Complainers,

the Town

of

Redernoinfler

in

Worcefterfhire,

drew

up

a

Petition

againft

their Minillers

:

The

Vicar

of

the place they Articledagainft

as

one that was utterly infuffrcient

for the Miniftry

,

prefented

by

a

Papift ,

un-

learned, preached but once

,a

quarter, which

was fo

weakly,

as

expofed him

to

D à

laughter,