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122

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P

PENDIX

Numb.VIII.

ftrated our

hopes.

On

which

Bithop

Gunning Pent

Dr.

Crowther

to invite

use

to

a

Conference

;

and

our Debate three

days was ,

Which

is

the

true way of Univerfal

Concord

?

which

he

maintained

to

be by

Obedience to

the Legißative and

yadicial

Go-

verning of

the

Collage

of

Pears.

I

drew

up

the

Sum

in three Letters

to

him, main-

taining

Univerfal

Communion,

but

denying

all Forreign7urifdittion,

and the

poffibili-

ty of

one

Humane Soveraignty, Monarchical

or

Ariftocratical, overall Kings

and

Churebes

and

all

the World.

XV. After and under

all

this

Difcourfe, Pulpits and Preis,

by

Men not to be

defpifed, openly accufed

us as

Contriving

and

Defigning

a

Rebellion,by

continuing Non

-

canformifds when

we had nothing

to

fay

for

rt. So

that slow our

Silence

paft

almoft

in-

to

aTeeming

Confeffion

of

an intended

Rebellion.

Now I ,appeal to

Reafon and Confcience,_eh

Chriflianity

and

Humanity,

Whether

all thefe Calls

of Kings and Bilhops, Friends and

Accufers, juftifie

not

a Serious

Account

of

our Cafe

, after

Fòuiteen

or Seventeen Years accufed

Si-

lence.

XVI. Yet after

all this

I darfl

not,

I

did

not

write either any

yuftifioation

of

our

Scruples,

or any

Reafono

to prove the

impofitionc

finful

(lave that I

gave

the

Reafons

for our

not

ceafrng to

preach

,

and againfl

a

fpurious fort

of

Diocefanes

of

force

In-

növators

Defcriptiou)

But only barely

named

de faDo, what it was that

we feared as

fin, protefling over and over

not

to

accula the

Law or the Conformills.

XVII.

And

that

which on

all

slide Provocations

I

have done in

many Books,

is

but thefe two things

:

1.

To

beg

for

Concord,

and

prove,

and it never

was

nor

will be had, by

forcing

all

to

profefs

content to numerous,

dubious, unneceffary

Things, but

only on

Terms

few,

plain

,

;and

neceffary,.in

which

all

found Chtillians are

agreed.

x.

To

begfor

mercy

(not

fo

much

ro

many hundred fuffering

Minihers, and

ma-

ny Thoufand;diffentinggodlyChrifians

(fach

as

no Nation under

Heaven, out of

his

Majefty's;Dominion,

hath

better

that I

can hear

of),

'but fpecially for many

fcore thoutand needy,

ignorant, untaught

Souls:

For

I'wröte

With refpebf

,

a.

To

the

Cafe

of

the whole

Land, before

I

knew

that

Seven

thoufand

of

the former

In-

cumbents would flay in.

2.

To

the

Cafe

of

London

in

the

dreadful Plague,

when in-

feEted

Men cried

for

help,

and had

no Teachers, the

Paftors being

tied

,

and the

Noncontormilis

prohibited

:

And about

a

dozen that ventured

(

and

as Groghead

fpake,

obediently

difobeyed)

taw wondrous

Succef of their

Labours

in the Penitence

of the affrighted

humbled Crowds.

;.,

To

the

Cafe

of

the

Fire

that

the next year

burnt

City

and

Churches,

and many

years but few Capacious

Tabernacles were built,

fo

that

Publick

Worlhip

moftly ceafed

;

And

hundred Thoufands of undone Per

-

lons Mould

then

have had fpecial

Comfort

and Counfei: But the Nonconformills

were

forbidden

flill.

q..

I

had fpecial

refpeéh

to

the

Cafe

of

Great

Parifbes,

filch

as

Martins,

Giles,

Stepney,

and many more

,

where

Ten

,

Twenty,

Forty thoufand

perfons

haveno

room in their Parilh

Churches,

and

Mahometans ufe

fume Publick

Worlhip). And what

Ihall all thefe

Perkins do

?

who

by

Cullom

excufed by

Ne-

ceflìty, grow to live willingly

like Athëifts. In my

Poverty I

built

a

Tabernacle

in

Martins

Parini, and though

I

have the

'Billions

Licenle to preach in

London

Dio-

cefs,

I

could not be

fuffered

to

ufe

it,

though I

would have had the

Liturgy there

tiled

:

And I thankfully andgladly accepted of Dr.

Lloyd's

Confent to take it

for

the

Parilh

ufe. q.

I never

beg'd

leave

for any

to preach, but loyal,

found, peace-

able

Men;

and

that

only where there

was plain

Necellity, and

for

nothing

of

Sala-

ry,

and only under

Government and

Laws

of

Peace. And

I

thank God that

all

the

Pallions, Provocations, Temptations and

Trials

that

have

rifen,

have

drawn to

Plots, or

Rebellion,..

or Difloyalty, no one Perlon

that I

can hear

of,

of

all thofe

that I

was

acquainted

with,

and

for

whom

I

then

beg'd for

Liberty

and Mercy.

And molt

of

them are gone out

of

a

Malignant World

,

to their Everlafling

Reif.

XVIII. The

contrary-minded, while they cried down

Divifion

as

well

as

I,

left

us

but thefe three impollible ways to cure them.

r.

To

make

all

Men

and

Women

fo

much

wifer

than

daemf

Ives,

as

to know

all

`their Things

called Lawful

to

be fo

indeed

:

(w

hen we can get too few

to,underlland

their Catechifm).

a.

Or