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The

L

IFE

of

the

L

I

B:

L

which

I

had taken to

be

finful ,

and

was

ready

to

think

,

why

(

hould

I

be (ingular

and

offend.

theBithopsandotherStíperiours,

and make my feltconteMotible

it!

the World,

and expofe myfelt to Cenfurès

,

Scorns

,

and

Sufferings

and all for

filch

little things

as

thefe, when

the Foundations

themfelves

havefo;great

difficulties,

as

I

am unable

to overcome.

But

when Faith

revived,

then

none

of

the

Parts

or

Concernments

of

Religion

feenied fmall,

and thenMan

feemed

nothing , and the

World

a fhadow,

and

God

was all.

In

the

begin

"I

doubted

notof the truth

of

the

Holy Scriptures,

or

of

the Life

to come,

becauffaw

not the

Difcultiei

which might

caufe

doubting:

After

that

I

Jaw

them

Mad

I

doubted,

becaule

I

faw

not that

which

Asould fatiefie

the mind

againft them

: Since

that,

having

Peen

both

Difficulties

and

Evidences,

though

I

am

not

fo

unmolefled

as

at the

firti,

yet

is

my Faith I hope much ftronger,

arid

far

better

able

to

repel

the Temptations of

Satan, and the Sophifms

of

Infidels

than

before

:

But

yet

it

is

my

daily

Prayer,

That

God would increafe my

Faith, and

give my

Soul a

clear

fight

of

the

Evidences

of his Truth,

and

of

himfelf,

and

of

the

invifible

World.

37.

Whilft

I

was thus

employed between outward Labours and

inward'Trials,

Satan

flirr'd

up a

little inconfiderable rage

of

wicked

men

againft me.

The Town

having been formerly eminent

for

Vanity,had

yearly a Sbew,in

which they brought

forth thepainted

forms

of

Giants, and

filch like

foolery,

to

walk about the Streets

with

;

and though

I

faid

nothing

againft

them,

as

being

not

limply

evil,

yet on

every

one of

thole Days

of Riot,

the Rabble

of

the

more

vicious fort had

flip

force fpleen to-ventagainft

me,

as

one part

of their

Game. And once all

the igno.

rant Rout

were raging

mad

againR me for

preaching the Doctrine

of

Original

Sin

to them, and tellingthem that

Infants before

Regeneration,

had fo

much Guilt and

Convption,

as

made them loathfome in

the

Eyes

of God

whereupon they vented

it

abroad

in

the Country,

That

I

preached

that God hated, or

loathed

Infants;

fo

that

they

railed at me

as

I palled through the

Streets.

The

next Lord's Day

1

clear-

ed and confirmed

it,

and

(hewed them

that if

this were

not true, their Infants,had

no need of Chrilt,

of Baptifm, or

of

Renewing

by

the Holy Ghoft. And

I

askt

them whether they durit

fay

that their Children werefared without

a

Saviour,

and

Were

no Chriflians,

and

why.

they baptizedThem, with much more to

that

pur-

pofe;

and afterward they were afhamed and

as

mute

as fillies.

Once

one

of the drunken

Beggers

of

the

Town

railed a flander

of

me,

That

I

was

under

a

Tree

with

a

Woman

(an

ill

-fam'd Beggar

of

the

Town)

:

All

the

Drunkards

had

got it in their mouths,

before I could find out

the Original.

I

got

three

or

four

of

them bound to the Good Behaviour, and the

Sot

himfelf that rai-

fed

the

Slander, confeffed before the

Court that

he faw me

in

a

rainy dayon

Horf

back

(hand

under

an Oak which

grew in

a

thick Hedge, and the Woman afore-

laid (landing for fhelter

on the other

fide

the Hedge under the

fame

Tree,

and

that

he

believed

that we

faw

not

one another

;

but

he fpake

it

as

a

Jeft, and the Com-

pany were

glad

of

the occafion to

feed

their

Malice. So

they

all askt

me

forgive=

nefs,

and

I

defired

the Magiftrate

immediately

to

releafe them all.

There

lived

at

Kinver an

ancient, prudent, Reverend Divine, Mr.

7obn Croß,

(

who

died lince,

Pallor

of

Matthews Friday-f

reef

in

London)

:

This

godly

Man

had

been the

chief.

means

of

the

good which was

done in

KidderminJPer

before

my

coming thither

;

when I

came,

I

got him to take every fecond

day

in

a

Weekly

Ledture.

It

came

to

pats

once,

that

a

Woman

defamed him at Kidderminflero-

penly, and

told the People

that

he would have ravifhed her.

Mr.

Croß

being a

wife

Man,

fent one before

to

delire the Bailiff and Juftice

to call her to Examina-

tion,

andhe came after and

fate

in

a

commondark coloured Coat, among many

others, in the

Bailiff's

Parlour,

as

if

he had

been

one

of

the Magilirates.

The

Bailiff

called

her in,

and

(he

flood impudently to the Accufation

:

The

Bailiff

askt her

whether

the knew

the Man if

the faw

him ;

which

the

confidently affirm-

ed.

He

askt

her,

Is

it

this

Man

,

or

that Man,

or

the

other Man,

or any there?

And

the laid,

O

no,

God forbid that

the fhould accufe any

of

them. Mr.

Croß

laid:

Am

not

the

Man

;

and

the

laid,

No,

the knew

theMan

well enough.

And

when

they had told her that.

this was

Mr.

Cro¡P,.

the

fell

down on her knees, and

askt

him

forgivenefs,

and confeti that one

of

his

Neighbours

(who

was his

great

Acculer at the

Bithops

Courts)

had hired her to report

it.

But

the Good Man

forgave

them

all.

§ 3

S.

And here

I

mutt return to the

Proceedings

of

the Parliament,

becaule

the

rein

will

not

be well tìnderftood

without connoting the

Occafions of

them which

were adminitired. When the

Londoner,

cried

to the Houle for'nJtice,and honour-

ed