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T20.

APPENDI

.X.

Numb.

V

III,

IV.

Being

vowed

doubly

to Chrift

(

in my Baptifm and Ordination

)

I

had

been

a

perjured

Traytor

againft him,

if

I

had

not hated

this

Sin,

and done

my

part

in my place againft it.

There

is

no Age or Land

fit.

good, where Chriff

and

Satan,

Light and

Darkne(s have

not

this

War

:

and Secular Interefts or Quarrels

are made Satan's Advantages, who pretendeth to great Power in

Difpofing

of

the

Riches and Honours

of

the

World,

This War

ended

not in

England

with Qneen

Mary's Reign.

The

unhappy Differences

of

Frankford came

over with the Exiles

One

Parry running into Extreams againft Epifcopacy

and the Liturgy

,

and the

o-

ther forbidding not

only

them,

but

all

Ordained Minitiers, to

preach or expound

any

Doe-trine

or

Matter

in the

Church or

elf

where

,

without further

Licence.'

I

lived to

fee fo

much

of

the

Effe

its

of thee

Differences

as

grieved my

Soul

:

Excel

-,

lent Preachers, and of Holy

Lives rniftakingly cenfotious againft force Iawful

Things, and

Silencedfor it

;

fonte flying to America, and force

abkonding

here.

I

law the difeafed Paflions and

Divilons

thus caufèd

;

and how much

it

extinguifh-

ed

Chriflian

Love

:

At

all we

all

taw it break

out.into

the Flames

of

an odious

War. And

even the

IIfitrpers, that

by Silencers

pretended their Provocation,

fell

into

the

Crime which

they

Accufed

;

and call out many Learned

Bithops,

Do-

ors

and Preachers, for

refufrng

their Covenant,

and

their Engagement, and their

Way

of

Worlhip, and

for

being

againft

their

War.

Thus Satan's

Silencing

work

went

on.

When Experience

and Smart brought molt Men to their Wits, and they had

found

that

a

divided

Kingdom cannot (land,

and

that returning

co

Love and

Uni-

ty

muff

be

our Recovery

;

I

laboured

with

Minitiers

of

each

fide

with

all

my

power

for

Agreement,

on fuch

Terms

as

we were

then capable

of

a

and

that

was

to joyo in the amicable prabtice

of

all

that

they were

agreed

in, and

to bear

with

one another in the

tell

(

which were no neceffary things)

:

On

thele Terms

War

-

eefterfftire

and feven or eight other Counties quickly agreed:

Ireland

profeftcontent:

More were

doling

:

But

the Divi

/uont

of

the

Ufurpers,

and the

begun Reconciliation

of

the

Peacemakers

(or

Pretenders)prefently reifored

the King.

Men were then varioully affedted, between hope

of

Unity

and fear

of

Difcord,

and

of

the old

Silencing

dividing

Work.

That

we had one lawful

King to Unite

in who

promifed

his

help hereunto, and declared

his

Judgment

for neceffary

In-

dulgence, and that

Lordsand Knights

printed

their profeffed

Renunciation

of

Re-

venge, and Doctors profeffed Moderation, did greatly

raife

Mens hopes that

there

would

be

no mote

fuch Divifions,

as

fhould

Silence faithful

Minilers.

But

they

that

knew how hardly Love and Moderation are reftored, after the Exafperati-

tans

of fo

odious

a

War,

and how

few

conquer

Worldly

Interell

and old

Opini-

ons, and do

as

they would

be

done by,

feared

that

Bill

the

Silencing Work would

be carried on.

I

was

certain that good Men

would

not be united

by coming all

over

to the Opinions

of

each

other:

which

Party

Meyer was

in the right

in

all

the

Points

called

Indifferent

by

tome,

and

Sinful by

others

,

I knew the

Difference

would

continue

:

And

it

doth

fo.

I

knew that thole

that

were molt obedient

co

God,

would

not

do that which they judged he forbad them.

1

knew

that if

for

this they were forbidden ro

Worthip, God

in

Church

-

Worlhip,

they would

not

forbear, till'Suffeiing difabled them.

I

knew

that there

were lb many fuch,

and

the

Suffering

that

difabled

them muff

be

fo

great

,

that the Land thereby muff

needs

be

divided

into the

Af

leti

g

and Af

tIted Parties

:

And

the more confciona-

bie

the

more confiant would

they

be: It

were well if moll

unrlerftood

all things

neceffary:

But

that

41 Ihould

underfland

all

indifferent

things ( that might

be

MI,

sounded

)

to be indìlfferenr, I

knew would never

he,

if

all

the

Land were

DoEfors.

It

was

cage to know

what Exafperations

of

Mind

all this would

caute,

and

what

a

Conqueft Satan would

make here,

.again(}

Light,

Love

and Mer

y,

iliac

is

againft

Chttll,

In

the deep

Senfe

of

this

Danger Ì

fee

my

fell to

try

,

whether Terms

of

Pafi-

ble Concord

might

be_ohtained

:

The

London

Minifters joyned

:

The King

greatly

encüuraged

us; Firitby

his

Declaration

at

Breda,

and

that

againft Debauchery.

Next

by

Perfonal Engaging

us

in

a

Treaty

with the Bithops, and

his

Promife

that

he

would

draw

diem to

meet

us,

if

we would come

as

near

them

as

we could.

Then

by

his

gracious

Declaration, and the

Teltimony

there

given

of

our

Loyalty

and Moderation.

Then

by

his

Commiflion to treat for Alterations of the

Liturgy;

But

the Bithops denied

the

Need

of any'

Alterations, and daf

is all

our Hopes:

And

the

Convocation

and Parliament call

by the

King's Indulgence

;

and .ilfued

all

in

the

A6í

of

Uniformity.