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Peace,

that they

would

fcarce

ever

talk

of

the

matters

in

differ-

ence,

but

of

Ilolinefs

and Heaven, and reprefling

the over

-much

heat of the

Laymen

:

And

the

famousWilliam

Fenner

being late-

ly

of

the next Parith,aConformift

oflearning,yet

plain and attedio-

n'ate

in

preaehing,God hadbleft

hisMiniftry with

fo

great

fuccefs

in

the

Converfion

ofmany ungodly Perlons;

as

that

the

reverence

ofhim, kept

up

the honour of Conformity among

the

Religi-

ous people

thereabouts-

But in 1640.

I was

removed

to

Brignorth, and

the

Canons

newly

made,

impofed

on

us

an

Oath,

which

had thefe words,

{I A.

B.

do

fwear

that

Ido

approve

of

the Doltrine,

and

Difcipline,

or

Government

of the

Church

of England,

as

concerning

all

things

necefjarÿto

Salvation

Nor will Lever

give

my

C

O

N

S E

N

T

to

alter

the Government

of this

Church,

by

Arch

-Bill.

ops,

Bifhops,

Deans,

and

Arch- Deacons,

&c.

As

it

hands

now

eflablifhed,

and

as

by

right

it

ought

toll

and

:

And

all

thefe

things

I

do

plainly

and

f

ncerely

acknowledgeand

fwear,

according to

the plain

and

common

fence

and

underfianding

of

the

fame

words,

without

any

equivocation, or

men-

tal

eva/iou, or

fecret

refervation

whatfoever

;

And

this

I

do

heartily,

willingly,

and

truly,

upon

the Faith of

a

Chrifiian :

So

,

help me

God in

lefus

Chrifl.].

Though every

Minifter

in

the

Countrey,

as

well

I,

was for

Epifcopacy,

yet

this

Oath

fo

ftartled

them that

they

appointed

a

meeting

at

Brignorth to

confult about it.

It

fell

out

on

my

Le-

6tureday;

and at

the meeting,

it

fell

to.my lot

tube

the

Obje6ter,

or Opponent,

againft

Mr..Chriflopher

Cartwright(

good Man,

in-

comparably beyond me in Learning

,

the

Defender

of

K.

Ch.

x.

againli the

Marquefs

of

Worcefter,

and

the Author

of the

Rabbin-

nical

Commentary on

Gen.

whofe

Papers

of

Juftification,I linee

an-

fwered)

He

defended

the

Oath;

and

though my Objefiions were

filch

as

weree

none of

theftrongeft,, the

Minifters

thought

he

fai-

led

in

an

fwering,them,and we broke

up

more dubious

than

befdre.

I

had

a

little

before fet

my. felf

to

a

more ferions

Rudy

of

the

Cafe

ofthe

Ceremonies

than

before

;

and

upon the reading

of

Dr.

Ames Frefh

fuit,

and force

others (having

before read

little

on

that

fide)

I came

to

fee

that

there

was

a

great

difference

between the

determination

of

fuch Circumftances

of

Order

as

the

Law of Nature,

or

Scripture allow

and oblige men

to determine

one

way or other,

the

Genus

being

nviceffary,

and

the

making of

new myftical

fignifi-

cant

teaching

Ordinances, and Symbols

ofChriftianity

(of

which

fee

Bi111oap

Jer.

Taylor

cited

in

my

ad. Plea.)

And

hereupon

I

had

fetledfny

Judgment

only

aga

n

tthe

impofed

de

of the

Crofs

in

Bap-