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Baptitfn,

and

the

abufe

of

undertaking

Godfathers.

-

But

now

I

refolved before

I

took

fuch

an

Oath

as

this, to

tiudy

over again

thecontroverfie of

Epifcopacy,

(which

elfe

I

think

I

lhould

fcarce

have done)

For

I faw

r.

That

fuch

an

Oath

and

Cave.

nant;

fo

Univerfally impofed,

was made

the teft

and

terms ofChurch

concord, and

fo

would

be

an Engine

of

divifion

by (hutting out

all

that

could

not

take

it.

The

Scotch

Oath,

and

Covet ant

was

not

the

firft

impofed

on us:

The

Bithops

Oath

and

Covenant

to

the

contrary

went here

before it. z.

I

faw

that

the

whole

frame

ofthe

prefent

Church

-

Government,

was

about to

be fixed,

as

by an

Oath

of Allegiance, on

the

Land,

as

if

it

were

as

neceffary

as

Mo

narchy,

and

to

be

woven into the fundamental unchangeable con

-

ftitution,

and

it were true,

No

Bithop,

no

Icing.

3.

I

askt,

What

was

the

meaning

of

the

Et

ca>tera,

and could have

no folution,

but

from

the

following words [As

it

Rands

now

etlallifhed] And

underftood

not

well how

far

Lay- chancellous,Officials,

Surrogates, Regifters,

Pro

&ors, Advocates,

were part of the

eftablifhed

Government;

but

1

faw

it certainly

included,

Arch-

bithops, Deans,

and

Archdea-

cons.

4.

I

askt

whether

the

King

and Parliament

had

not power

to

fet

up

a

Bifhop

in

every Corporation

?

and

to

take

down Deans,

Arch Deacons, Chanceliours, Officials,

&c.

and few denied

it

5.

I

askt my

felt

if theKing

andl-parliament

make

fuch

a

caange,and

com-

mand my

Confent, whether

I

mutt

difobey

them,and

foreftall

my

obedience

by

a

Covenant

and

Oath

?

6.I thought

that what

is

im-

'pofed

on

all

the

Clergie

to day,

may

be impofed on

the

Laity

next;

And then

all

Parliament

men will

be

Sworn

and

Covenanted

ne-

ver in Parliament

fo

much

as

to

Confent

to

change

any

of the

Church-

Government

now eftablithed.

7:I

found

that

I

muff alto

fwear[That

it

ought

fo

to

ftand,]

which

could mean no

lets,

thanby

a

Divine

Law, when

Mans

Law may

not

alter

it

8.

I found fuck

Heartinefs,

Wil-lingnefsrequired in

the

Swearer,

as

required

very

full

fatisfa

&ion

in

all

this And

that with

the terrible

re-

nunci-

cation

ofthe

Help of

God in Chrifl,.

if

I do

not

all

that

I fwear

to

9.

And

I muffbe deprived of

my

Office

(for

Benefice

I

had

none)

and

cart

out of the miniftry, if

I

refuted

to

take

this

Epifcopal

Co-

venant

and

Oath.

ro.

An&I

knew

that

he

that

made

no

Confci-

ence of deliberate

Perjury,

had

little

reafon

to

hope

that

he

had

a-

ny

goodConfciencc,

true

Grace, or I-Ionefty;

and

fpecially

if

he

concurred

to

involve

all

the

Clergie, or

Nation

in

theguilt.

Upon thefeConfiderations

,

i

fet

my

feif

to

a

more fearching Ru-

dy

of the matter

:

I

read

Gerfom

Bucer, Didoclaue,

9acol, (and

af-

ter

Parker,

Bains,)

and

others

on one fide, and all

that

I

could

get

on_