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Numb.

VI.

./11)P

ENV

IX.

III

Were

it

not

for

entring upon

an unpleafing and unprofitable Task,

1

would

ask,

you,

Jr.

Who that

3101Et0

of

Presbyters

was

that

dethroned the

King?

was

it they

that petitioned

and

protefledagainR

it

?

a.

Whether it

was

not an

Epifcopal

Parliament (,forty

to

one,

Snot

an hundred) that

began

the War

"againR

the

King

?

g.

Whether the General and Commanders

of

the Army, twenty to one,

were

not

Conformifts? q.

Whether

the Major Generals in the Countries wera

'

not

almoR

all

Epifcopal Conformifts

?

(

The Earl

of

Stamford was

over

your Country

).

q.

Whether

the Admiral and

Sea-

Captains were

not

.

al-

'

molt

all Epifcopal

Conformifts

?

(As

Heylin

diffinguifheth

them of

Archbifhop

Abbot;

mind,

(iifliking

Arminianifm, Monopolies,

&v.)

6.

Whether the Arch-

'

bilhop

of

York

were

not the

Parliaments Major General?

7.

Whether the

Epic

'

copal

Gentry did not

more

of

them take the Engagement

(

and many Epifcopal

Miniflers) than the

Presbyterians?

8.

Whether if

this

Parliament, which made

'

the

Aáts

of Uniformity

and Conventicles, fhould

quarrelwith the King,

it

would

prove them

to

be

Presbyterians and Nonconformilts

?

g.

Whether the Presbyte-

rian

Minitleri of

Landon

and

Lastrafhite

did

not

Write

more againR the Regicides

and Ufurpers, and declare again[t them,

than

all

the Conformifts, or

as

much?

e

And the Long Parliament

was

forced, and molt

of

them caft out before

the King

could

be

dettroyed

:

And when they

were reftored, it made way

for his

Reftora-

`

Lion.

And

Sir

Thomas

Allen,

Lord Mayor, and the

City of Lando,

inviting

Ge-

`

sacral

Monk

from

the Rump

into

the City, and joyning with him ,

was the very

Day that turned the

Scales

for

the

King. But

all

theft

are Matters

fitter for

your

better

Confederation

than our Debate.

i rei

Jaly

26.

t678.

Tour

Servant

To

Mr. Long ofExeter.

Rich.

Baxter

Numb.

VI.

A

Ref

lution

o

f

this Cafe

;

What's

be

done

when the

Lan,

of

the

Land

commands

Perfons to

go to

their

Pari/h

Church,

and Parents

require to

go

to

private

Meetings.

Quei.

T

H

E

Law

of

the

Land

eammandetb me

to

go

to

the

niblick

Churches

; the

Canon commandetb

me

to go

to

my

own Parifh-Cburcb

,

and

not to

another

?drip;

:

Both

forbid

me to

go

to

Conventicle;

and Pleated

Preacher;. My

Father

andMather

forbid

me to

go to the Publrck Churches,

and

command

me to

go

confantly

to

a

fileneèd

Mi-

n

fer

in Meeting;forbidden

bÿ

the

Law

t

But

ffecially

not to

go

to my

Parifh Priefi, (laying

be is

an

infuicient and

drunken

Railer)

but

a

Neighbour

Purifia,

if

I

will

not

obey

their

fir[

Command

!

Am

1

now

bound to

obey

my

Parent;,

or the

Law,

and

Canon?

Anfw.

it

is

an hard Task to a Minifler of

Chrif,

either

fo

to

praetice or

Co

to

fpeak,

as

!hall

Teem

to

accufe

his.

Rulers

and the

Laws ; but when

the

fàving

of

our

own or other

Mens

Souls

requireth it, there

is

no remedy.

Our

own

silence,

if

we

ceafed

Preaching,

and our

praílice

contrary to the

,Law

its

Preaching or Praying,

which

is

forbidden,

do

againR

our

wills

unavoidably intimate

that we

fuppofe

great

fins

to be commanded

us

:

And whether

we preach or

be filent,

while we

Sabferibe

nat,

Declare

not, Covenantnot,

and

Swear not,

and

Pralhice nor, all

that

is

required

of

n;, this cannot be

hid

:

Though

our cauteloufnefs and

fear

of

accusing

our

Gorier

-

raours

or

the Conforming Minifters, have given

Come

Men

occasion

to, affirm,

That

we take

not Conformity

for

a

fin

:

or that

no

confiderable

perf

ns

among

Mr

dare fayfo

(we

filare the Authors, whofe publifhed

Names are

dithonoured by

themfelvesr

when

prefixed

to

fuch

wards,

as

he

that

will

but

read

oar Petition

for

Peace,

and

our Reply

(unanfwered)

delivered

to the commillionedBlimps

166o. will fay .did

ill

befeem

a

Debtor,

a

Preacher,

a

Chriftian, or

a

Man). Weprofefs

from

the fir* to

this

day, that it

is

a

great fin

in

us

to

forbear

our

Miniftry,

or to

exercife

it in a

forbidden

manner;

efpecially

when fuch doleful

Divisions

and Calamities

follow it,

it

it

be

not

fm,

that

is

required

of

us

:

and

if

it be

not,

many

and

heinous

fina,

our peace in faffer-

ing

will

have fame

lets

reafoq

to

that, than we have thought it had.

There-