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11I'

BENDIX.

Numb.II.

if

I

yield

it

you,

is

nothing againft

our Agreement.

3.

The

Third

I cannot dif-

pute

well

till I

know

what you

will

yield

in

the excepted Cafe.

I

would defireyou

as a

moreorderly

and effeetual

way to our

Ends,

to

do

theft

three Things

:

r.

Tell

me

plainly

whether you

take the Reformed Churches

of

Holland, France, Scotland,

Helvetia,

Geneva,

be.

for true

organized Churches, and

their

Paflors

for

true

Pa-

lters and

Presbyters

?

and

Ordination

by Presbyters

to

he

valid

in

their

Cafe.

z.

teeing

you plainly

lèem

to

take an

uninterrupted

Succefüon

of

authoritative

Ordi-

nation

to

be

of

flat

Neceflity to

the being

of

the

Miniftry, will

you

give

us a

clear

Proof

of

fuch

a

Succelfion

de

Fatïo,

either to

your felt;

or any Man

now

li-

ning.

I

earneftly intreat you deny

me

not this, nor

fay

it

is

needlefs

I

have

told

you

the

need

of

it

in thofe Papers. Again

I pray you put

it

not

off.

3.

Seeing

you

profefs

to

be

for

Concord,

and

yet reje& our Terms,

as a

Schifnatical Com-

bination,

will

you propound

your own

Terms, the

lowelt

condefcending

Terms

which

you

can

poflibly yield

to,

which

may tend to our

Clofure

?

If

you only corn

tend againft

our

Way

and

will

not find

a

better, nor

ufe

any Endeavours

of

your

own in

its (lead,

what

Man

of

Reafon

will

believe

your Profeffion

of

[the

Prong

Inclination

of

the

Heart to

Concord

and Peace]

?

I

again

intreat you inflead

of

contending, to perform

thefè

Three

things,

which

will

exceedingly

further

the

much defired

Work. And for my

pare,

though you

and

Millions

of

Men

oppofe

it, I

ant

refolved, by the Grace

of

God, to

defire,

pray,

and labour

for

Peace

and

the

Unity of

the

Church, upon

Honelt

and

Polüble,

not Romifh or

Sinful Terms,

while

I

am

Dec.

23. u653.

Rich.

Baxter.

N

°.

H.

Mr.

Johnfon's

Firfi Letter

to

Mr.

Bax

ter,

about

the

`Point

of

Ordination.

S

I

R,

I

N

G

very much unfatisfied

in

the reading

of

your

late

Difcourfe

con-

cerning

the

Interruption

of

the Succellion

of

the

Miniftry,

I

thought

good

to take Advantage

from your

own

Offer, friendly

and

freely

to

debate

the

Qaeftion

with

you

:

And

I

than

lay out

nay

Thoughts to you

in

this

Method;

r.

I

will

give

you

the

Reafons

which

makes me

(if

it

be

Papiftical) to

abet

the Pa-

`

pills

in pleading

for

an

uninterrupted

Succeflion. z.

I

will

reply to your

Argil-

'

menu, whereby you difpute

the Succellion

of

the

Miniftry of

England

to

be

inter-

rupted.

3.

I

will

offer you

tome

Reafons

why

an

infallible Proof

of

the

Point

io

'

not

neceffary

in

the

Cafe. 4.

I

will

produce fuch Arguments

as

(hall put

it

beyond

doubting,

and

fo

(hall leave

indubitable, though not infallible

Proof

of

the Que-

Ilion in

your

Hands.

I.

F1rf?,

I

(hall

give you the

Reafons

why

I

plead

fo

fetioufly for

the

uninter

rupted

Succeflìon, and

I

(hall

do this

in

the

fink

place,

`secaufe

all the

relt

will

be

Supe vacaneous,

if'

if

be

a

Matter

of

no greatConfequence; whether there

be a

Succéf%

n

or not.

If

therefore you

Can

fitisfy

my

Arguments whereby

I

plead

for

the

N.

ceflity,

and

give

me

Reafon enough to

underftand, that

an

Uninterrup-

`

don

of

the Succelüon

is

not much material,

I

will

fave

nay Pelf

the

Trouble

of

Confuting what you

have

laid againft

it,

and

you rune Trouble

of

making

a

need

-

'lef

hepl

Now

the

firff

Reafon

which

induceth

me

to

believe

that

iris

a

matter

of

much

more Confequence than you

talk of;

is

the Serioufnefs

of

our Divines

in their

En-

'

deavours

to

prove

that

the Bilhops

in

Edward

VI.

and Queen

Elizabetb'r

Days

were

Ordained

by Bilhops, againft the Calumnies

of

Sanders,

Rellifbn, Chair/may,

`

and

other Jefuits, who in their Writings would

have bore the

World in

Hand, that

the Succeflion

of

the

Miniftry of

England had been

interrupted at

the Ref

becau(è

there were none

but Popilh

Bilhops

to Ordain them,

and they

would

not,

and

fis

none

did. But

as

you

know,

had

deseifed a

Story

of

the

Nag's-

'

Head

Ordination,

New

you

If

know

there hath

been

much

E.ndeavonr made

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