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The Hiflory of

the

Produaion

o

f

this

Treatïfe',

with

its

De-

fign and

Stan

;

to

prevent

áni,f-

underfianding.

13

Ecaufe

many

of

late,

as

well

as

Juflice RogerL'Ef/range,do

feem

to

believe themfelves

in

their

accufation

of

me,

as

changing

with the Times;

though

I

greatly

affc&

the

change

of

a

Proficient, and

know

not at what

age

it

is

that

fuch

men

would

fix us

that

we

may grow

no wifer,

nor

ever

repent

of

former

Ignorance

or Errour

;

yet

Iwill here

confefs

to

them

that

if

what

I

here

write

againit

be

good and

right,

I

have

been

forty

years unchanged in

my

Errour.

My mutability

hath

been

little to

my

advantage

for

this world

,

For

further than

I

was

for

the

King,

I never

was

one

year

on

that

which

was called

the

upper

or

fironger

prevailing

fide, as

far

as

I

un-

derhand

it.

Nor to the very day

that

I

was

turned out of

all, did

my Preferments, or

Riches

ever ferve me,

fo

much

as

to

have

a

Houfe,

or

keep

a

Servant

man,

(fave

in

Travail)

or Woman

(fave

one aged Woman

that

providedme

necefl

tries,

in

a few

top

rooms

of

another

mans

Houle

;)

which

I

mention

for

the

fake

of

the

mi-

flaken

French

ftranger,

Mr.

Durel,

that

tells

the

World

another

foory.

And

as

to

this Subjeél, this

is

the

Breviate

of

its

Hiflory,

ab ori-

gine.

I

was

in

my Child

-hood,

firft bred up

under the

School,and

Church

-

teaching,of

eight feveral

men,

of

whom

only two

preach

-

ed

once

a

month,

and

the

refl were

but

Readers

of

,

the Liturgie,

and moll

ofvery

fcandalous lives.

After

that

I fell

into the

hands

of

a

Teacher,

that

fludied

for

preferment, and reviled

Puritanes;

and after

that

I fell

into the

happier acquaintance

of three ancient

Divines,

that

were

called

then

Conformable

Puritanes

;

and

all

ofthem

bred

in

me an

Opinion,

that

Nonconformiis

were

unlearn-

ed

"inen,

addifled

to

humorous,

caufelefs

Singularity

:

For

I

knew

but

one

*

who

was

an

honeft plain Preacher

but of little

learn-

*Where

ing: And

to

fettle

me,

the

Divines

that

I

followed, made me read

Dr.

,sue

-

Bilhop

Downame's

Defence, Bifhop Andrews,

and others for

Epifco-

breed

was

pacy, and Mr. Sprint, Dr.

Burges,

and others

for

the

Ceremonies:

next

And

I

verily judged

them to

be

in

the

right:

But

as

loon

as

I

was

Neighbor.

ordained, I removed

into

a

Countrey

where were

force Noncon-

formi4s,

force few

of

them

Learned Minifters, and

many

Lay-

men

;

of

whom,

one in

the houle

with

me, was oft

difputing the

Cafe

with

me,

andl thought

I

had

hill

the better

:

And

the

Non

-

conformable

Mini¡lers

there,

were

men

of

fo

much Holinefs,

and

A

z

Peace,