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T

h

e

L

I

F

E

of

the

Part

Houfes,

where

was

nothing done,

that

I know

of, contrary

to Law; There

was

nothing

done

but

Reading

the

Pfalms, and Chapters, and

the

Creed, Command

-

erena,

and

Lord's Prayer,

and Singing

Pfalms, and Praying

and

Preaching

;

and none

of this

is

forbidden

by Law

:

The

Omiffion

of the

rat

of the

Liturgy;

is

no

Ai,

but

a

nvt-

acting, and

therefore

is

no

pretended

Woip

according

to

Lan,. But

were

it

otherwife

;

the

Law Both

not

impofe

the

Liturgy on

Families.,

but

only

on

Churches, and

a

Family is

not

forbidden

to

have more

than four

Neighbours

at

Paying

Grace,

or

Prayer, nor

is

bound

to

give over Family-worfhip when-ever

more

than

Fourcome in.

The Aft

alloweth Four

to

be

prefent at Unlawful

Worfhip , but

forbids

not

more

to

be prefent

at

Lawful W'orfhip.

And

Houfe-

worihip without the Liturgy

is

lawful worfhip.

And yet if

this

were

not

fo,

as

the

Curate's

Omillon of the

Prayers makes

not the Preacher'

and

Alfanblÿ guil-

ty

(

fuppofe

it

were an

Affize-

Sermon

that

for

haft omitted

the

Liturgy

;

)

fo

the

owner

of the

Houle,

by

omitting the Liturgy,

maketh

not

him guilty

that

was

not

bound

to

ufe

it,

nor the

Meeting unlawful

to

any hut. himfeif. Charity and

Loyalty

bind

us

to

believe,

that

our King and Parliament,

who allow more

than

many Four's

to

meet at

a

Play

-

houfe,

Tavern,

or

Fear,, never meant

to

forbid

more

than

Four

to

be

together in

a Houfe

to

Ping

a

Pf.lm, or

Pray, or Read

a

Licenfed Book,

or

edifie

each'other by Godly

Conference, while no Crime

is

found by

any Man in the Matter of their Doétrinc or Prayer

;

and

no Law im-

pofeth the Liturgy

on any

but

Church-

Meetings.

If

after

many years

Reproach,

once

Imprifonment,

and

the late Diftrefs

and

Sale

of

á1l

my'

Books

and Goods, and thofe

that

were

none

of

mine, but another's

and

this

by

five

or

fix

Warrants for prefent

Execution, without

any Summons

or

Notice of

Accufers

or

Witneffes,

I

could yet

have leave

to

die

in

peace,

and

had

not

been again perfecuted

with

new

Inditements,

I

had

not

prefumed thus

to

plead

or

open my,own

Caúfe.

I

Pray God

that

my Profecutors

and

Judges

may

be

fo

prepared for

their

near Account,

that

they

may have no

greater

fin

laid to their

Charge,

than

keeping my Ordination -Vow is, and

not

Sacrilegioufly

forfaking

my

Calling, who

have bad

fo

good

PMaaménto

god

and

$

fo

good

Succefs,

and fo

much

Atteftation fromDing,

City,

P

,

as

have had

If

they ask why

I

Conform

not?

I

fay,

I

do,

as

far

as

any Law

bindeth

me

If

they

ask

why

I

take not this

Oatlr,

I

fay,

Becaufe

I

neither underftand

it,

nor

can prevail

with Rulers

to

Explain

it. And

if

have a good fence,

I

have

not

on-

iv fübfcribed

to

it, but

to

much

more, in

a Book called

,

The

fecond

Pleafor

Peace,

page

60,

6r,

67.

Where

alfo

I

have

profeffed my

Loyalty

much

furtherthaa

this Oath extendeth.

But

if it

have a

bad

fence,

I

will

not

take

it. And

I

Md.

the

Conformifts

utterly

difagreed

of the

Sente, and molt

that

I

hear of renoun-

cing

that

fence which

the words

lignifie

in

their

common ufe.

And

knowing

that

Perjury

is

a

mortal

Enemy

to

the

Life and

Safety

of

Kings, and the

Peace

of

Kingdoms, and

to

Cltnvetfe, and

to

Man's

Salvation, I will not

daily

with

fuch

a

.

dangerous Crime.

Nor

will

I

deceive my

Rulers

by

Stretches and Equivocations;

nor do

I

believe

Lying

lawful

after

all

that

Cronus

de

Iure

Belli

,

and

Bithop Tay -

tr

Dull.

Dub. have

fail forit.

I

think Oaths

impofed

are

to

be taken iñ the

or-

dinary

fence

of

the

words,

if

the

Impofers

put not another

on them. And

I

dare

not

Swear

that

a

Commiflion

under the

Broad

-Seal is

no Commiflion,

till

I

that

am'

no Lawyer know

it to

be Legal

:

Nor

yet

that the

Lord

Keeper may

Denefe

the King without

reliiftance,

by Sealing Commiffons

to Traytors to

feize

on his

Forts, Navy, Militia,or Treafüre

:

Nor

can

I

confent

to

make all

the pre-

lent Church-Government

as

unalterable

as

the

Monarchy ;

efpecially

when the

Se-

venthCanon extendeth

it to

an.

G7

extera,to

.

rch-bi

o

s, Bi

o

s,Deans,/,rck-

deacons,

ah

l

the

red that

bear Office

in

thè.

fame

]

not

excepting

Lay

-

Chancellor's

ufe

of

the'

Keys

;

(L

ipfo

faelo

Excommunicateth

all,

Nobility, Gentry,

Clergy and

Com

mono; that

fay, That

it

is

repugnant

to the

Word

of God.)

And it's

time

to

take_

heed what

we Swear, when

the

Aft

of Uniformity, the

Oxford

-Ad,

the

Corpora-

thin

Aft, the

Veftry

Ad,

the

Militia

Aft

and

the Oath of

Supremacy,

do bind

all

the 'Nation

by Solemn

Oath,

not.

to

endeavour any

alteration

of

Government

in

Chinch or State; And yet molt Reverend Fathers,

who moft fharply

call

us

to

Conformity, do

Write

for a Foreign

Ecclefiaftical

Jurifdidion,

under the

Name.

of

in

Univerfal Colledge

of

Bilhops,

or Council,

having

fuck

power

as

other

Co.

uurtes,,,