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Numb.VIII,

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I

was

the more

earneft to have prevented this,

becaufe

I

knew

not

but

that

molt of

the whole Miniftry

of

the Kingdom might have been

Silenced in one

day

:

I

knew what

was faid

againft much that

is

impofed

:

And I knew

that near

Ten

thoufand Minifters had Conformed to what the Parliament had impofed

,

and

moll

taken the

Covenant, and

ufed

the

Direâory

and

not the Common Prayer.

And how

knew

I

that only

Two

thoufand would flick at

the NewImpoftions,

and

Seven thoufand obey

them (and

Affent

and

Content to

the

New

Book

which

they

(molly)

never faw,

it coming

not out

of

the Preis till

too late).

V. While

I

was

engaged

in

this

Treaty

by the

King,

the

Bilhops

denied

all

further

Debates with

us,

till we had given

them

in

Writing

all

the

Faults

that we

found in the Liturgy, and

all

that we

defired

in

lead,

or

as

Additions:

So

that we

did by Authority and

Demand, write

and deliver

(as

our

Propofal before,

fo)

our

Delires and Reafons

of

the mentioned Alterations, and

a

long and humble

Petition

to prevent

the forefeen Breach, and our Reformed

Liturgy,

and Reply

to their

con-

trary

Reafons

:

which

fore

Scribes

for

gain after

printed

;

I

knew

not

who, with

abundance

ofErrata.

VI.

After

this

x663. the

King

revivedour hope in

part by a Declaration of

his

Judgment and

Purpole for our Leave

to Preach and

Worfhip God.

VII.

In

this

Cafe

I

continued Silent

as

to any further

Suit

or Plea,

keeping

con

Bandy

in

the

Communion

of

the Parifh Churches where

I

lived, till

in e668.I

was

imprifoned for

Teaching

a few

ignorant Neighbours, whom thereby

I

drew with

me into the Church, and

was

delivered

by

righteousJudges.

VIII. The Lord

Keeper

Bridgman

near

that

time,

called force

of

us as

by

the

King's

pleafure, to Receive

and

Treat of

fore

Propofals offered

for Compre-

henfion and Indulgence ; and appointed

Bithop

Wilkins

and Dr.

Barton,

to

Treat

with Dr.

Manson,

and

Dr.

Bare,

and me,

which required that we opened to them

our

Cafe.

We came to

a full

Agreement, which Judge Hale, then Lord

Chief

Baron, greatly approving

it, drew up in

an

Ad

to

be offered

the

Commons

who

Voted to receive no

filch

Ad

:

and

defeated

the

Kings Offer

and

our

Hopes.

IX.

In

0672. the

King

again declared

not

only

his

Judgment, but

Refolution

for

our

Leave

toPreach,

and

gave

us

a6tually Licenfes

:

But many

Church-men

oppofed

ir, and called

it

Schifm,

and diffwaded

us

from ufing

our granted

Liberty,

and

laid

we werebringing

in Popery

by

it

:

And the Parliament

was

againl

ir,

and

caufed

the King to

reverfe his Licenfes.

And

in this stime

I

wrote my

Books

againl

our Silencing

in Defence

of

the Liberty granted by the King, though

they,

were after printed.

X. After

this,

Bithop

Gunning

of

Ely

urged me to declare the Reafons

of our

Nonconformity

;

and laid, He would Petition the King to force

us

to

it

,

that we

might

be

Anfwered, and not keep up

a Schifm, and

not

tell

for

what.

I

told

him,

I

would beg

leave

to do

it

on my

knees,

but

durit not,

left

they that

called for

it

could not bear

it.

XI.

And the

Right

Reverend

Bithop

of

London

urged me

to the

fame; and

laid,

That

the

King

took

us as not Sincere,

becaufe we

fo

long forbore Conforming, and

declared not our

Reafons.

To

whom

I

gave

the

fame Anfwer.

XII. The

Earl

of

Orery

told me

Bifbop

Morley

propofed

Come

Terms for Con-

cord to

keep

out Popery, and

urged

me

to

draw up

for

the

faid Bifhop

what we

mull

have granted

:

which

I

did, and had the

Bilhops

fralrating

Anfwer.

XIII.

Another time

Dean

TUlorfan

and Dr.

Srillingfteer

moved

us

to a

Treaty

for

Concord,

as

encouraged by Bithop

Morley

and others

:

And we

gave

them

all

our

Delires

in

termini's

; which they feem'd to

content to,

if

the Bithop had

not ivied-

ea

ir.

XIV. After

this I

wrote

a Book

of

the

True way

of

Univerfal

Concord,and

dire6ted

it to to

Bithop

Morley

andBithop

Grinning, as

the

Men

that

I

meant

that

had fru-

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