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Part

III

`-

everend

Mr. Richard

Baxter.

r99

who my

Acatf

rs, but

they

told

me

it

was

for

no fault,

but

to

fee

u'e

the Govern-

meat

in

cvil

Times

;

and

that

they had a

Lift

of

many

fufpehed

perfons

that

moft

do the like

as

well

as

L

I

defired

to

know

for

what

I

was numbred

with the

Sul'pef, and

by whofe accnfation,

but

they

gave me

glad

words and would

not

tell me. I

told

them

I

had

rather

they would fend ale

to

Jail than

put

me

tO

wrong others

by being bound®with me, in

bonds

that

I

was, like

to

break

to

morrow

:

for

if

there did but

five

perfons

come

in when

í

was

praying, they woald

rake

it

for

a

breach

of

the 'good behaviour: They

told

me,

not

if

they

came

on

other

bufinefs,

unexpeftcdly, and

not

to

a

Lt

meeting

;

Nor

yet

if

we did

tying contrary

to

Law, or the

prat

"rife

of the

Church.

I

told

them

our

innoc.

was

not

now any fèctaity

to

us

:

If

cwo

beggar women did but Rand in

the

and

fwear

that

I

fpake

contrary to

the

Law

tho'

they heard nie

not,

my

bonds

ai:.

'liberty

were at

their

will

:

For

I

myfelf

lying on my bed, heard

Mr.

I.

R.

Preach

in

a

Chappel on the

other

lisle Of

my

Chamber, and yet one

Sibü Daft)

and Eliza

-.

be'h

Cap;

éU

fwore

to the

Juttices

that it

was

another

that

Preached

(

Two

mifetahle

poor women

that

made

a

Trade of it,

and had thus fworn againit very many

worthy perütns

in

Kacknry

and elfawhere, on which

their

Goods were

feized on

for great

Malas or

Fines. But

to

all

this

I

had no

Anfwer, but molt

give

bond,

when

they

knew

that

1

was

not

like

to

break,

the

Behaviour,

uttlefs by

1

.,

ieg

in bed

in pain.

§.

85. But all

this

is

fo fmall a

part

of

my feffering in comparifon

of what

I

bear in myflefn,

that

I

could fcarce

regard

it

:

And

it'sfmal.

in campai

iibn of

what others

filar

; Many excellent perfons die in Common Jails

;

Thoufands

.

ruin'd

:

That

holy humbleMan, Mr.

Rofeicell

is

now

under

a

verdict

for

death as

a

Traitor

for

Preaching fame

Words,

on

the

witnefs, and Oath

of

Ftilt,n's

Wife

(and

one

or two

more

Women)

whofe Husband liveth

profefl'edly on

the

Trade,

for

whirls he claimeth many

Hundred

or

Thoufand pounds, And

not

only

the

man

profeffeth,

but

many

of

his hearers witnefs

that

no

filch

words were fpoken,

liar

ally

that

befeemed

not

a loyal

prudent

man. But we have been

too longunthank-

ful,

when

all

our Lives,

Elates,

and Liberties, are in the power

Of

any

Whores

Beggars, Enemies

or

malicious Papifls,

that

will

but

fwear

that

we

are

guil-

ty, that

God bath

marvelloufly

fo

long

retrained

them

:

and

that

forcing

es

into

ferret

Meetings

out

of

our

publick

,

hatlf fecured

the

Lives

of

many.

§. 86.

December

Eleventh,

I was

forced

in

all my

pain and weaknefs

to

be

carried

to

the

Sefons

-haul, or

elfe my

bonds

of

Four

hundred

pounds

would

have

been judged forfeit

:

And the

more moderate

Juftices

that

promifed my

difcharge would none

of

them

be

Mere, but left

theWork to

Sir

William Smith

and

the

nit,

who openly declared

that

they

had'`

nothing

againft me, and

took

me

for

Innocent,

but yet

I,

mutt continue bound, left others

íhould expekt

to

be

difcharged alfo, which

I

openly

reflled:

But my

Sureties would

be

bound, left

I

ihoult

die

in Gaol, againft

my

declared

Will,

and

fo I

mull continue. Yet

they difcharged others

as

faon

as

I

was gone. I was

told that they did

ail

by

inftru

&ions

from,

&c.

and

that the

main end

was

to reltraht

ine

from

writing:

Which

now íhould

I

do

with greateft Caution, they

will pick

.

out fume

thing

which

a

Jury

may

take

for

a breach

of

my bonds.

I

have

written

againit

Popery

fo much

already

that

my Confcience will now allow me

filence

But whereas one Separatift bath

interpreted

"nly

Treatife of

Epifcopacy as jufti-

fying Separation, and Mr.

Falb

bath by grofs miftake

faltly accufed me

as a

Lyer

for

faying

that

his

Congregation

a Church

worlhipped

-many years

without

tinging.

Ffalms

(

and Sacraments)

(forfooth

becaufe

he took them

not then for

a

Cuirch)

1

mutt

fufpend my

Anfwer

to

then

and all

fuch; tho'

I know

the

Papifts

will

take

it

for

a

Confutation

of

all

my

writings

againft

them,

to

fay

[his

own

brethren;

Protefläntts

and

D:f

kntera

have proved him

a

Lyer.

]

This

I

molt bear from

Sepa-

rating' Non-conformifts, while

the

Juftices

that

bind and trouble me,,

de-

clare

me

innocent.

And

I

am

told that the

Papifìs

will

not

endure

Me

to write

againft

the

Separatifts, no more

than

againft themfelvcs,

becaufe

they

heed

their

help

to

pull

down the Godly ParilhMinifters.

§.

87. Many

French

Minilters fentenced

to

Death and

Banilhment,

fly

hither

for

refuge: And the

Church men relieve them

not

becaufe

they are

not for

Fogli

h

Diocefans and

Conformity

,

And others

have many

of

their

own

of

treed

fi