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APPENDIX.

Numb.IX.

To

the

Right

Worlhipful

Sir

E.

H.

SIR,

f

mpEI

E

Healing

of

Chriftians

endangered

as

we are by our own

Difeafes,

is

s

1

one

of

the greateft Works in this World, and therefore

not to

be

marred by

`

hafte, or for wantof

due

Confultation

and Advice.

Three

ways are

now pleaded

for among

us

:

Of

which two are Extreams, and much

of

our

Difeafe.

4

L One

is

by the forcing Prelates, who would

have

all

forced

to

full

Confer

-.

'

mity to

their Canons, and

other

Impofitions

;

and none endured,

be

they

never

'

fo wife,

or godly, or

peaceable,

whothink any thing in themto

be

finful.

This

e

way

was

long tried heretofore

;

and thefe laft

Twenty

years,

it

bath (hewed

us

`

what it will

effect

:

The

Shepherds have been

fmitten,

and the Flocks fcattered,

'

about

Two

thoufand godly Minifters

Silenced

,

adjudged to lye in Jail

with

`

Rogues, and

to utter Ruine

by

paying Twenty and Forty

pound

a

Sermon, &c.

`

The

People hereby imbittered

againft the Prelates, and alienated from their

Par-

'

ty

as

malignant Perfecutors, and

as'Gnelpbes

and

Gibelines,

all

in dilcontent and

`

dangerous

contention,and on both

fides

growing

worfe and worfe. And

is

this

the

`

only

healing way

?

'

ILThe

other

Extre

atir'i5

thole that

are'too

far

alienated

into

unlawful Separati-

'

ens;

whole talk

is

earneft againft that which

is

called a

Comprehenf

;on,

that

is,

'

fuch a

Reformation

of

the Parifh

Churches

as

may there unite the

main

Body

of

'

the faithful

Minifters

:

And they

had

rather the things which we cannot there

'

confent to, were continued unreformed, that

fo the

belt

People

might be

1E11

ali-

`

nated

from them, and driven

all

into their Tolerated

Churches.

Concerning

this way,

I

offer

to

your Confideration,

`e.

Is

it

the part of

good Men thus

to

be guilty of that which

themfelves

ac-

count intolerable

Sin,

and that in manyHundred

thoufands, detiring

it

might

not

be reformed, and

this

on pretence of promoting

Godlinefs

;

when once their

Lea-

'

ders

drew

it

up

as

a Fundamental,

That

[be

that aloweth

others

in

known

fin

cannot,

'

be

famed].

z.

It

is

certain

that

there

isno

way

fo

orderly and

advantageous

to

the cam-

'

mon Intereft

of

Chri(tianity,

as

Reformed

Parifh

Churches.

'

g.

The

molt of the

People

that moft need the Miniftry,

will

come to the Pa-

rif

as

Churches,

and will

grow

worfe

and worfe

if

they

have

not faithful Teachers

;

and we

(hall pleafe

a

few

good People

till

they

are worn

out, and

for

want

of

a

ferious

believing

converting Miniftry,

a

Generation

of

ignorant Maiignants will

'

Erected them.

And

we

!hall

come fhort

of

the main end

of

theMiniftry.

`

4. So

many

good

and

fcrupulous People

will

leave the

Parifh Churches,

as

will

fee

the Nation

(or

rather

London)

in an

even balance,

and

increafe

the

envy

'

of

the other part

,

and one

fide

will talk more contemptuoutly

of

the Periih

'

Churches,

and the Patina Pulpits will daily ring with Reproach againft them, fo

that the

Common People, who

will be in

the

Parifh Churches,

will increafe

their

hatted

againft

the Tolerated, and

they

will live in a

mutual and wordy War.

s. The violent

Prelatifts will

by this

have

their

ends,and will

triumph

over

them

'

in

there Confufions, and fay,

Did not we tell you what would be

the

Effect

of

'

Alteration and Toleration

?

6.

When it

is

intended that

this

be butthe Introdufkion

of

a better Settlement,

'

the new Attempt will by

this

be difabled; and they

will

fay, You

fee

that

they

'

are never

latisfied,

but are

ftill

changing,

and know

not where

to

reft.

7.

The

next Parliament having Experience

of theft Confulons.

will

recall

and

'

and abrogate

all

their Tolerations.

Theft

things areeafily

forefeen.

And

you that

` were One

of

the Eleven excluded Members, know what

fuch-

Hands have former-

!

ly

done.

`

III.

The

middle true

-way

therefore

is

Parochial

Reformation:

This

is

neceffary

init

fell:

This

is

confiftent

with the Ïüfereft

òf theft

that

jufily

defre

Toleration.

e

In

a

well

conffituted Chrillian

Nation,

toleratedÇhurches fhould be but

as

Hodes

of