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ì.And

as

to

his appeal

to the

difcipline ofthe

Ancients

;

I leave

the

Rea-

der

to

the

deceit

of

this

mans

arguings,

r. If

he

cannot

find

it

fully

pro-

ved

in

this

Book,

that

the

Churches

of the

ancient

Bithops

were

not

fo

big

as

our

greaten

Parishes, as

to the

number

of

Souls,

much

lefs

as

our.

Dioceffes.

z.

And

if

in

my

abftrud

of

Church-

Hiflory

of

Bishops

and

Counfels,

I

have

not

fully proved,

that

Difcipline was

neglected corrup-

ted or overthrown dy

degrees

as

Bifhopr-

Churches overlwelled. When

we

read

fuch doleful complaints in

Hiftory,

Fathers, Counfels and

their

Canons

of the corruption

oftheChurches,is this

the

true

ufe

to

be

made

of

all, that

we

mull

be

like

them,and

not blame

them,

leg

we open

the nakednef

of

our

Fathers

?

3.

And

if

men

can

make themfelves

willingly

fo

blind,

as

by

a

ítory that

the

Fathers did fuch

things among

People and circum-

fiances

which we know not,to renounce

common

experience

that it

is

not

now

any

where

done,

nor

can

poliìbly

be

done;

If

men

can be

fo

ignorant what our

Pariíhes and

Dioceffes

are, and

what

a

Bishop

and

Chancellor

do

and can do,

Let

fuch err, for

I

am unable

to

cure

them,

any

more

than if

they

were confident,

that

my Lord Major

can

Govern

all

the

Families

of

London as

their

Mailers,

by

Rewards,

without

Fami-

ly-Mafters,or

that

one

Phyfitian,

or

one

Tutor,

could ferve

infead of

ma-

ny

for

the City.

Indeed

they that

have

as

low

an efteem

oftrue

Difcipline,

as

Mr. D. in

his

Letter

feems

to

have,

may

eafily believe

that

a

few

men may do

it.

And thofe

Papifis

that

can

let the Church

be

the

fink

of

common

un

cleannefs,

and

a

Nurfery

of

Ignorance,

Vice, and Prophanenefs

;

fo

they

may

but

keep up

their

Wealth, and

Eafe,

and

Honour,

by

crying,

up

Order,

Government,

and

unity;

may accordingly

believe,

that

no

more

knowledge,

Piety or

Difcipline

is

a

duty, than

ferveth the

ends

of their

worldly

Dominion.

I

mull

again give notice

to

the

Reader

that

whereas

the

Common

Objections of

the

greatnefs

of

Bithopc

Churches

in

the

fecondCenturie,are

fetcht from

the

inffances

of

Rome,

and Alexandria,

I

have anfwered even

thofe two

in the beginning

ofmy

Breviate

of

Church-

Hiflory,

to

which I

mull

refer

you,

and

not

again repeat

it

here.

I

know

that

poor

ingnorant

Perlons

mull

expect fuch

a

shameful

Cant

ofold reproach

as

this,tocheat

theminto the

hatred

of

Chrifis Church

-or-

der

and

Government,into

a

love

of

Clergie-bondage,

a

fcornful fmile

íhall

tell them [Mr.

Baxter

would

have as

many Bishops

as Parishes,

and a

Pope

in

every

Parish

;

when men

think

one

in

a

Diocefs too much

:

When

every

ignorant or

rafh

Prie

(ball

be

the

Mager

of

all

the

Pari

fh,

and

you

have

no

remedy

agaifl

his

Tyranny

;

what

a

brave

reformation will

this

bed

And

fuch

a deceitfulfcorn will ferve

to

delude

the ignorant

and

ungodly',