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14

f!

P

END

I

X.

Numb.

I,

let

us

alone

to

have our

way, and do

all,

and then

we will have

Concord with

you

as

our

people whilft

you

obey

us.

Truly

we have found your Predeceffors ftep Fa-

ther's,

and hard Task

-

matters ;

yet

the Lord

knows my heart,thac

I

take it

far

more

Bale incomparably,

and

in

idelf

delirable to fuch

as,.1

to

be Ruled

then to Rule,to

Obey then

to Command,

fo

be it we

be

not

commaneied to

fin

againítGod,and

run

into

Hell. But

when we

have all forfaken

our Churches

and Offices for peace

with

you,

is

all the

work done

?

1.

How

(hall

we

do,Xar.

-peace

with God and Confci-

ence,for

over

-

running

his

work, and liarving

Souls.,

,x:

How

(hall we

bear the

cryes

of

poor People

for

the

Bread

of Life

?

I.

What

that

God's Worfhip and our Con-

gregations

do

?

Who

fhall

fupply our

Places

?

are there able

faithful

Men enough

of

your Way

?

O

that we

could

fee

them?

It

is

not two

or three or ten in

a

Coun-

try

that

would ferve turn.

If

there

be enough, why did you permit

fo

many

drunken,

fottifh

Readers, and

fo

many hundred wicked

Livers, which the

Church

is

not

well

rid

of

yet?

See

the

Centuries

of

thofe

rejected in

the

Beginning, while

Mr.

White

was

Chairman,

I

never owned the

tatting

out

of

any worthy or

tollera-

ble

Man

for Loyalty

;

yet

what

Reproaches did he and others undergo for cafling

oat

fuch

a

pack of

Swearers,

or Drunkards,

or Adulterers, or the

like

?

is

there

no

Concord to

be had

with you

but by giving

up

our poor People to fuch

as

thefe

again

?

For

my

part

I

love

Charity

and Peace better than

ever

I did, but Charity

hash Eyes,

or

is

guided by

Eyes..

tam

not

a Stranger in

England,

I knew Multi-

tudes

of

the

old

Epifcopal Clergy

that

were ignorant or

of

wicked Lives, and the

great Hinderances

of

the Salvation

of

their People, when they

fhould feek

to

fave.

1

knew but

here and

'there one

of

them that

was

learned and

godly ferions

Preach-

ers. Thole

Men I

love

and

honour

according to their Worth,as much

as

any Men

of

any party

:

Thefe only

did we delire

Concord with

as

Minifters

:

and

alas

if

it

be

not

to be had

without

forfaking

àll

our Charges, and giving up

a

whole Coun-

try

to

fo few

of

thefe,

the

Will

of the

Lord be done

; for

I

will

never

believe

that

this

is

his

Will

till

you bring

other

Reafons for

it then yet any

of

you

all

have

pub-

licitly' done.

And

I

warn

all

honei

Epifcopal Divines,that they take heed

of drawing

your Guilt upon them,

and

of

concurring with Men

of

fuch dangerous Principles

as

you

are;

your way to Concord muff

be

like the Romanios

(the

greaten

Schif-

mancks on the Face

of the Earth)

who cry up Unity,

Unity, but

themfelves muff

be

the.Centre, or

it

muff be

only in their

Way

and

on

their Terms.

They

will

unite with

no

Chriftians

in all

the World that are not of their

Patty, (for

a

Party

they

are, thoùgh they will

be called

the Catholick Church).

and

do

not

you go

this

way

too

far

?

You will haveConcord with none

as

Minifters, but

chafe

of

your own

Party,

all

the

rat

mutt be no Minifters with you,

nor

their

People take them for

fuch.

Durf

you

(whoever

you

are, for Í know you

not)

be

bound

to

anfwer for

us,

and bear

us

out before God in

Judgment,

if

we lhould

all

give up

our

Places

or

preach no more

?

durit

you

be bound upon pain

of

Damnation to your

Oyes

to

fave all

our

People from being condemned

for

it

if

they

fhould

all

renounce and

forfakeus, and

-all

the Minioerial Worlhip of God which

we

perform, and the

Churches

we guide

?

Alas

it

is

not

your telling

us,

that the

Holy

Saint

Ignatius

is

lately

vindicated,

that

will

fatisfy

our

Confciences in

a Cafe,

of this Moment,

even

to

leave

Godunworfhipped Publickly, and our People untaught,

and let Satan

raigo, and

Souls

perish by Thoufands for fear of facing them without Epifcopal

Ordination.

If

you

It

ill fay

that

we

fhould be

of yourMind,

and

be ordained by

Bioops,

we again

fay

our judgmentsare

not

at

our Command

;

we cannot

believe

what

we

lift,

I know multitudes

of AntiEpifcopal

Men that fludy

asfaithfully

and

Peek

God's

Direáion

as

heartily

as

any

of

you

all

(and yet cannot

fee

the Juftnefs

of

your Caufe, (though whether

it

be

¡tiff

or

not, I

purpofely forbear to

pafs

ìny. Cenfure).

if $ill

you fay,

it

is

our

Wilfulnefs

or

Peevifhnefs

;

I

leave

you,

as

Ufùrpers

of God's Prerogative, and pretending

to

that Knowledge

of

our

Hearts

which

is a

oep

above

the Papal Arrogation

of

Infallability.

Nay,

Peeing

I

have gone

fö far,

1will

add

.thij;

do you not imitate the

Papifts

in the main Point

of

Recu-

fànfy, by

which

We

were wont to know them in

England?

Nay, we

had

many

Church

Papil:s

that

went

not

fo

far

?

muff

not

you,

as

they,

have People difclaim

eur.;i,Riniftry and Affemblies, and

notjo,n

in them

for fear

of owning

unordained

Mete..

Be.

not

too angry

with

ifs, I

pray

you,

if

we

call

not

fuch

Proteftants or

at. ¡talt

if

we take

it

for

impoflible to have

Concord

with them. z.

I

muff

an

tell

youthat

are offended at

my

Saying,

that

thofe

particular

Bishops

named, defer-

ved to be call out,

that

if

you

be

one that dareown them in

their

Ways, or

would

have the Church

have fuch

as

they, yea, that do not deteo

and lament their

Mil

carriages, fecal to your felf

as

Pious as

you will,

you, are

no Man

for

our

Com-

pany