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P

A

R.

r

I.

Reverend

Mr. Richard

Baxter.

ed thofe Members

who were for the punishment

of

Delinquents,

áííd difhonoured

thofe

that

pleafed

the King,

a

Breach began

to be made among themfelves:

And

the Lord

Del,

the Lord

Falkland,and divers

others,from

that time forward

joyned

withkhe King being

not

fo

immoveable

as

many

of

the

relt,whom neither hope

nor

fear

nor

difccontent

would alienate from

the

Caufe

which they thought wellof,

Yet

otherswere tried

with the

offer

of

Preferments

:

The

Lord

Say

was

made

one

of

the Privy

Council

;

Mr.

Oliver St.

`abn

was

made

theKing's

Sollicitor,

etc.

But

as

this did

not

alter

them,

fo

others

of

them would accept

of

no Preferment, left

they

Ihould be

thought to

reek themfelves,

or

fet

their Fidelity to

Sale.

When

the

Earl

of

Strafford was

Condemned,

and

the Kingdefred to

fign

the

Bill,

many Bi-

fhops

were called

to

give

him their Advice , and it

is

commonly reported,

that

Archbilhop

Ujher

and

divers others told

him,

that

he

might lawfully concur

with

the

Judgment

of

his

Parliament proceeding according to Law, though

his

own

Judgment were

that their

Sentence

was

unjutt

:

But

Dr.

Júxets,

the

Bilhóp

of

Lon-

don,

advifed

him to do

nothing againtt

his

Confcience: and others

would give

no

Advice at

all.

When the

King had

Subfcribed,

and

Strafford was

beheaded,

hd

much repented

it,

even

to the

laft,

as

his Speeches

at

his

Death

exprefs.

And the

Judgments

of

the Members

of

the Parliament

were different about there

Proceed-

ings.

Some thought

that the King

fhould

not at

all

be

difpleafed

and provoked, and

that they

were

not bound to do any other Juflice ,

or

attempt any other Re-

formation but what they could procure the King to

be'

willing to. And there

Paid,

When you

have difpleafed

and provokedhim to

the

uìmott, he will

be

your

King

!till

!

and when you have fate

to the

longeft,

you muff

be dilfolved

at

!aft

you have

no power over

his

Perron, though

you

have power over Delinquent

Subject

s

:

And

if

he

proteód

them

by

Arms,

you mutt either be ruined your

felves

by his difpleafure,

or

be engaged

in a War

:

Difpleafing

him

is

but exafperaring

him

;

and

would

you

be ruled

by

a

King that hateth you

?

Princes have

great

Minds, which cannot

eafily fuffer

Contradiction and Rebukes: The more you

offend

him, the

lets

you can rruft him

;

and when mutualConfidence

is

gone,

a

War

is

beginning

:

And

if k

come to a

War, either you

will conquer

or

be

con-

quered, or come to Agreement.

If

you

are conquered,

you

and the

Common-

wealth

are ruined, and

he will

be

abfólute, and fubdue

Parliaments, and Govern

as

he

pleafeth.

If

you come

to an Agreement, it

will be either filch

as

you

force

him

to,

or

as

he

is willing

of

:

If

the latter, it may

be

eafilier

and cheaper

done

before a

War

than

after:

If

the

former,

it willmuch weaken

it:

And

if

you

Con-

quer him, what the better are you

?

He

will

hill

be

King

:

You

can

but

force

him

to

an Agreement

;

and how quickly will he

have

power

and advantage

to

violate

that which he

is

forced to

;

and to be avenged

on you

all

for the difpleafure

you

hav/e

done him

:

He

is

ignorant of the

Advantages

of

a

King that cannot

forefeet

this], There were the Reafons

of

many that were for pleating the King.

But

on the other

fide

there were Men

of

divers tempers

:

Some did

not

look

far

before them, but did

what they thought

was

belt

at prefent

:

whether any de-

figned

the fubduing

of

the

King, and

the change

of

Government,

at

that time,

I

cannot

tell:

For I then heard

of

no notable

Sectary

in the Houle but

young Sir

Henry

rave, (whole

Teflimony

was

the Death

of

the

Earl

of

Strafford,

when

othed

Evidence

was

wanting,

and

of

whom

fhali fay

more anon),

But

the leading

and prevailing

part

of

the Houfe werefor the

Execution

of

Strafford ,

and for pu-

nifhing

Tome

Delinquents,

though

it

did

difpleafe

the

King:

And itheir Reafons

(

as

their Companions

tell

us)

were

filch

as

thefe:

They

raid,

If

that

be

your

Principle that the King

is

not

to be

difpleafed,

or

provoked,

then

this Parliament

fhould

never have been called, which you know

he

was

forced to againft

his Will

and then the Ship.money

Ihould have

gone

on,

and

the

Subjeéts

Propriety, and

Parliaments, have been

overthrown: And then theChurch Innovations

fhould

not

have been controuled,

nor

any

flop tothe

Subverters

of

our Governmentand Li

-,

berties

attempted

:

then no Members

fhould fpeak freely

againft any

of

there

inthe

Houle

;

for you know

that

all thefe

are

very difpleafing

:

And then

what do we

here

?

Could not the King

have pleafed

himfelf without

us

?

Or do

we come

to

be his

Inftruments, to

give

away

the

Peoples Liberties,

and

fa

up that which was

begun'?

Either

it

is

our

Duty to

reform,

and

to-recover

our

Liberties,

and relieve

our Country, and punilh Delinquents

or it

is

not

?

If

it

be

not

,

let

us

go

home

again

:

If

it

be, let

us

do

it and truft

God

:

For

if

the

fears

of

forefeen

Oppofiti.

ons

-thall

make

us

betray our

Country and Pofterity,

we are perfidious

to them,

and Enemies

to

our

felves,

and may

well be raid

to

be worfe

than

Infidels,

much'

E

rather