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i 98

The

L I

F

E

of

the

Part III.

of

pr.

Omen's

(

who was lately dead

) containing Twelve

Arguments againft

filch

joyning

with the Liturgie,

and publick Churches, was

feat

me,

as

that

which

had fatisfyed

Multitudes

I

thought

that if

this were unanfwei ed,

my labour would

he

much

loft,becanfe

that

party

would

Rill

fay

Dr.

Owen's

Tw

else

Arguments

con-

fdted

all:

Whereupon

'I haltily anfwered

them, but

found

after that it

had been

more prudent

to

have

omitted

his

Name

:

For on

that

account

a

fwarm of revilers

in

the

City poured out

their

keeneft Cenfures, and

three or four wrote

againft

me, whom

i

anfwered.

(

I

will

not

name

the

men

that

are known, and two

of

them

are yet

unknown

)

But

they went on feveral Principles,

fome

Charged

all

Com-

munion

with the Liturgie,

with

idolatry,

Antichriftianity,

and perjury and

back-

1liding: One concealed

his

Judgment, and quarrel'd at by-words. And ano-

ther'---

turned

my

Treatife

of.Epifcopacy againft

me,

and

faid

it

fully

proved

the

Duty of Separation,

I was

glad

that

hereby

I

was called

to

explain

that Treatife,

left it

Ihould

do

hurt to

miftakers when

I

am

dead ; and

that

as

in

it

I

had faid

much againft one extream,

I

might

leave

my

Teftimony

againft

the other

Lcalled:

all

thefe

writings together, aDefence

of Catholick

Communion.

And

that

I

might

be Impartial

I

adjoyncd

two

pieces

againft

Dr.

Sherlock

that ran

quite into the

con

Crary

Extrcames, unchurching almoft

all

Chriftians

as

Scbifrnaticks.

I

confefs

,

I

wrote

fo

fharply against him

as

mull

needs be

liable

ro

blame

with thole

that

know

not the

man, and his former and

latter Virulent

and

ignorant

Wri-

tings.

§.

ST

.

About this time

one Mr.

Robert

Mayot

of

Oxford; a very

Coldly

Man,

that

devoted

all

his

Elate

to

charitable

ufes, a

Conformif

whom

I

never faw,

dyed;

and betide many

greater Gifts to

Abbington,&c. gave

by

his

laft Will

Six

hun-

cited pounds

to

be by me

diftribeted to

Sixty

poor Eleaed

Minifters,

adding

that

he

did it not,

becaufe they mere

Non-

oonformif,'s,

bat

beeaufe

many Jude

stare poor

and

pious'.

But

the King'sAttourney Sir

Robert Sawyer

Sued

for

it

in.

the

Chancery,

and

the Lord Ceeper North

gave

it

all

to the

King.

Which

made many refolve

to

leave

nothing to

charitable

des

aftertheirDeath,

but

do what they did while they

lived.

§.

Sz.

Under

my daily pains

I was

drawn to

a

work

which I had

never

the

leafs

thoughts of (

and

is

like

to

be

the

laR

of

my

Life,) to

write

a

paraphrafe

on

the.Ne;n

Tewament,

Mr.

S,oha

umphrey

having. long

importuned me, to

write

a

paraphrafe on the Epiftle

to

the Lunare,

when

I

had done

that, the

ufefulnefs

of

it to

my

felf drew

nie

farther

and

farther till

I

had done all. But having

con

-

feílcd my ignorance

of the

Revelations, and yet

loth

wholly

to omit

it,

I

gave

but

.

General Notes, with

the

Reafons

of

my

uncertainty in the greateft

difficulties

which

I

know will

fall

under

the

harp

CenDre

of

many. But

Truth

is more

va-

luable than

fuch

men's

praifes.

I

fitted the whole by

plainnefs

to the

efe

of ordi-

nary

Fathilies.

§,

g3.

After

many times deliverance from

the

Sentence

of

death,

on Novent-

ber

Twenty,

One thoefand

fix

hundred eightyfour

;

in

the very

Enterance

of the

Seventyeth

year

of

my

Age,

God

was pleafed fo

'greatly

to

incrcafe my painful

Difeaf

s, as

to

pafs

on

me

the

sentence

of

a

painful

death:

By

confrant pain

by

an

incredible

quantity of flatulency in

Stomach

and

all

the

Inteftines and Reins,

from

all

that

I

eat

or

drink,

my Stomach

not

able

to

difgeft

any

meat

or drink,

but tunringell to tearing

pain ;

Betides'

the pain of the

Stone in Reins and

oft

in

the bladder;

and

urine

black like

dirt

and

mortified blood.

But

God

taeneth

it to

cry

good,

and giveth me a

greater

willingnefs Io die, than

I

once

thought I,

fhonld

ever have attained.

The

Lord

teach me more

fully

to

love his

Will,

and

Left

therein,

as

much

better

than

my

own,

that oft

f

niveth a-

gailnft

it

§.

84. A

little

before this while

I

lay

in

pain

and languifhing,

the

Jnftices

of

Seiiions,

feet Warrants to apprehend

me

( about

a

Thonfand more

being

in

Catalogue

to

be

all

bound

to

the

good behaviour.

I

thought they

would fend

me

Sit

months

to

Prifon for

not

taking the

Oxford

Oath, and dwelling in

London,

and

fo

I

refitted

to

Open

my

Chamber

door

to

them,

their Warrant

notbeing to

break

it

open. But

they fet

Lx

Officers

at

my Study

-door,

who wascht

all

night,

æßd

kept

me

from

my bed and food, fo

that

the next

day

I

yielded

to

them

;

who

carried

me

(

fuerce able

to

Rand) to their

Seffions,

and bound me in Four hundred

round bond;

to

the good behaviour

:

I

defined

to

know what my Crime

was;

and

who