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1

1.

Reverend

Mr. Richard

Baxter,

i93

fame

reafbn

that

Houfc- Meetings

are

fo

called,

for want

of

the Liturgy

; For

the

Law

impofeth the Liturgy on Churches, but

not

on

Hodes.

;.

Many

Conformifts hase

Bill nfed

to

repeat their

Sermons in

their Honks,

to.

More

than

four 'Neighbours,

without the Liturgy

:

And

if

any

filch

thing

be

judg'd

a

Conventicle,

to

Fine

the

Incumbent

Forty pounds,

and Banlih him

Five

Miles

from

his parifh

ever

after

feems

contrary

to

our Difeipline.

II.

My

Cafe

is

this.

s.

I

,ám no

Nonconformift

in Law-

Sence,

(

and my Confcience bath

no

Judge

but God

:

)

For

I

Conform

to the Liturgy

and Sacrament,

as

far

as

the

Law

re-

quireth

me

:

I

was in no place

of

Ecclefiaftical

Promotion

on

May

the

tit,

i

662 ;

nor ever

line

had

any, nor

the

offer

of

any

:

And therefore the

Law

impofeth

not

on

me,

the Declaration,

or

the

Affent.

or Confent,

no inure

than on Lawyers;

or

Judges.

2.

I

have

the

Bilhop

of

London's Licenfe

to

preach in his Dioeefs,which

fitppo-

feth

me

no

Nonconformif

in

Law-fence

:

And

I

have

the

Judgment of Lawyers,

even

of the

prefent Lord Chief

Jnftice,and

Mr.

Pollexfen,

that

by

that

Licenfe

I

may Preach

occafional

Sermons.

3..

I

have Epifcopal

Ordination,

and

judge

it

grofs Sacriledge

to

foriake

my

Cal-

ling.

4.

I

am jnítificd

againit fufpicion of Rebellious

Doitrine

many ways. s. By

my publick

Retra&ation of

any old accufed

words or writings.

2.

i was

chaf

n alone

to

Preach

the

Publick

Thankfgiving

at

St.

Paul's

for Gene-

ral

Monk's

Meters. 3.

The

Commons

in Parliament

chofe me

to

Preach

to

them

at their

Publick

Fah for the King's

Reltoration,

and cail'd him home

the

next

day. 4. I was Sworn Chaplain in

Ordinary

to

the

King.

g.

I

was offered a Bilhoprick. 6.

The

Lord

Chancellor who offered

it,

at-

idled

under his hand, His Majeltv's

Senfe

of

my

Defect,

and His Accep-

tance. 7. I

ana

jultifyed in

the

King's Declaration about

Eccleliaftical

Af-

fairs,among the

reft

there mention'd.

8.

When

I

Preached before

the

King,

he commanded

the

Printing

of

my Sermon. 9.

To

which may be

added

the

Aft

of

Oblivion.

ro.

And having

publilhed above an Hun

-

dred

Books,

I

was

never yet

convia of

any ill

Dottrine,

fine

any

of the

laid

ABs

of

King, Parliament and others for

my

Difcharge and Jnftifi

cation.

_

q. I

have

oft

Printed

my

judgment

for

Communion

with

the

Parifh Churches,

and

exhorted others

to

it

:

And having built

a

Chappel

,

delivered

it

for Pa-

rilh

ufe.

.6.

I

was

never lawfully

Convif of

Preaching in an unlawful Affembly

:

for

I.

was

not

once fummon'd by

the

Jaftices

that

granted

out

the

Five

Warrants

againh-

me,

to

anfwer

for

My

fell, nor ever

told

who

teas

my Accufer,

or

who Witnelfed

avalait

me.

And

I

have

it

under the

hand

of

the prefent Lord Chief jnitice,

that

a

Lawful

Conviction fuppofeth

Summons.

And the Lord Chief juftice

Vaughan,

with judge 7yrrel,

Archer

and

Wild,

did longago

difcharge me, upon

their

decla-

ring, that

even

the

Warrant of

my

Commitment

was illegal,

becaufe

no Accufer

at

Witncfs

was named

,

and

fo

I

was

left

remedilefs in

'cafe

of

falfe Accufa-

tion.

7.

As far

as

I

tinderfand

it,

I

never did Preach in

any unlawful

Affembly,

which was

on

pretence

of

any Exercife

of

Religion contrary

to

Law.

I

Preach-

ed in Parifh Churches

where the Liturgy

was Read as

oft

as

I

had leave and

invi-

tation

:

And

when

I

could

not

have

that

leave,

I

never

took

any

Paltoral Charge,

nor

Preached

for

any

Stipend,

but not daring

perfidionily

to

defert the Calling

which

I

was

Ordained and Vowed

to,

I

Preacht

occafional

Sermons

in other

Men's.

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Houles,