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Numb.IX.

APPENDIX

Of

Charity,Zenodocbia; Hofpitals

for the

Aged, Weak,Latne,Blindand Sick.Ir

is

con

-

'

fillent

with the

Mil

Epifcopal

Interefl, and

indeed

is

its

molt neceffary titpport,

for

want of which

a Succeffìon

of godly Adverfaries

will be againfi

it

to

the end:

Let

us

have

Chrill's

true

Do&rine, Worlhip and ChurchCommunion;

and let

`

General

Bithops

over

us

keep

their

Baronies, L.ordfhips,

Wealth, and Honour. And

we

will be refponfible

to them or any

Rulersfor

our

Mal-

Adminillration.

But

let

them

have

no Power

as Bithops,

but

of

the

Church

-Keys

, Et

valeat

quantumeralere

potefl

:

Let them teach and reprove

us, and

if

they do

injurioufly pronounce

us,

Excommunicate, 'we

will

bear

it:

But keep

the

Sword only in the hand

of Ma-

'

giftrares,

and

be

not the

Lihtors

of

Anathematizers and Homers by your Writs

'

de Excommunicate capiendo.

TheTruth

is,

Civil

and

Church Government

will

be'

well

done,

if

we knew

höw to

get

frill

good Men

to

ufe

it. And the

chiefPoint

'

of

Political Wifdom

is

to

fecure

a

Succeflon

of

fuch

Men. Give

us

butfuch Dio-

'

cefans

as

Grinds

,

3ewel,

Ufher,

&c. and

let them

be

but Pallors

,

and

not armed

'

with the Sword, and who will expert that they

Ihould

hurt

us?

If

Kings,

that

'

choofe Bithops, and

Patrons, that

choofe

Incumbents,

fhould

be

always certainly.

°wife

and holy

Men, and

lovers

of

all

fach, they

would choofe

us

fuch:

But

if

`

they

be

not

(

and

Chrift

tells

you how hardly

the Rich are

Paved)

they

will molt-

'

ly

choofe fuch

as

are

of their

mind, or

as

Favourites obtrude

s

and bad Bithops

and Priefts are the mortal

Difeafe

of

the,Church: And

if

I

tell

King and Patrons

that the Clergy and Communicants

fhould have a

Confenting or Diffenring Vote,

'

and

fo

the Door

fhould have

three

Locks,

(

the Content

of

the Ordainers, Corn-

'

municants, and Magiltrates) I cannot hope

that

they

fhould regard me.

But

I

'

will repeat what

Mr.

Tborndike

faith, (a Man

as

far

as

molt

from the

Nonconfor-

mills)

Treatife

of

Forbearance,

[

It

is to no purpofe to

talkof

Reformation

in the

Church

unto Regular Government, without reftoring the Liberty

of

chooftng

Bi/hops,

and

the

Pri

'

viledge

of

enjoying

them inthe

Synods, Clergy

and

People

of

each

Diecß:

fo evident

he

the

right of

Synods, Clergy

and

People

in

the making

of

tbef of

whom they confft,

and

by

whom

they

are

to

be

Governed,

that

I

needmake

no

other

realm

of

the negleíl

of

Epàfsipat)

'than

the

neglehl

of

it.]

As for them that mull

needs have all

our Cure difpatcht

in

fewer words

than

r this

half

Sheet

of

Paper containeth, they are

unfit

Men todo

fo

great

a

Work,and

'

will

do

it

accordingly,

if

at

all

:

Statute Books and Councils are

much greater.

'

Sir,

thoughExperience

deprefs my Hopes,

the Cafe exciteth my

Defires,

which

I

'

here

offer

you

;

not for my

felf,

who

am

not capableof any Kindnefsfrom

King,

'

Parliament, or

Prelates

that

I

know of,

unlefs

it

be

to

do me

no harm, (and much

'

I

am fare they cannot do me) but

for Publick Good,

which

is

the

great Delire

'

of

NOV.

9. 1680.

roar Servant,

Richard

Baxter;

The

Reafons

of

theftfeveral

Articles.

I.

V

wE

cannot treat

of

the Government and Concord

of

Chrillians, till we

a:

V

gree what a

Chrillian

is,

and who they are who

are the

Subjefks.

So

for

the

lIa.

III. r.

If

Minifters be commanded to Baptize thofe Children who are brought

by

no Parent, or Pro

-

parent, who

taketh

the

Child

as

his

own, and undertaketh

his

E-

ducation,

it

will cart

out

Multitudes

of

faithful

Minillers, who know no right that

the Children

of

Atheilts andInfidels,

as

fuch,

have

no

Baptifm.

2.

This Article

for

owning

the Baptifmal Covenant

is

but

what the Liturgy

pleads

for:

But

when it

is

faid

[We (hall

admit

none to

the Sacrament but

ihofe

that

are

Confirmed, or deftre

it]

it

fuppoleth

that

they

mutt

give

us

notice

of

it.

1V.

This

is

only for a liberty to help memory in great

Parithes

, whereit

is

im-

poilible

to remember

all

the

Conlmunieanrs

i

and

avoid cvnfufìop

by

the

unknown.

V.

With.