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349

a

The

Words

of

the

Puritans

are,

That

all

baptizing

'

by

Midwives

and

Women,

may

from henceforth

`

be

inhibited, and declared

void."

In his

Antwer,

the

Bithop

obferves,

`

Neither

any

of

the

Fathers,

nor

the

4th

Council

of

Carthage

(which

they had

alledged) ever

condemned

the

Baptizing

of

Wo-

men

in

the Cafe

of

Necejfity

and

extraordinarily;

but

that

they fhould

baptize

ordinarily,

and

with-

'

out

Neceflity, the

Papitls

themfelves do not

al-

'

low.

I never heard, that any

Bithop

profeflìng

the

Gofpel

did

give

any fuch

Authority to

Mid-

'

wives."

There

are

tome

FaEls in

their

Articles

or Propofals,

which are

direly

contradi6ted

in

the

Anfwer;

in

particular, what

relates to

K.

Edward's

firft

and

fecond Service-book.

But

Mr.

N.

paflès

Over

all

thefe

things,

not

ferving the

Puritan Caufè.

N's

Hidl.p.

482.

'

The

Prefs was

in

the

Hands

of

the

Archbithop,

who

took

all poflible Care

to

Rifle

the

Writings

of

the

Puritans, while

he

gave

Licence

to

Afcanio,

an

Italian Merchant

and

Bookfeller

in London,

to import what

,Popilh

Books

he

thought

fit,

upon

this

very odd

Pretence,

that

the

.Adverfaries

Arguments

being better

k

nown

by

learned

Men,

might

be

more

eatily

confhred

-

--

'

His

Grace

feems to

have been in

no Fear

of

Pope

-

ry,

tho'

this very Year

another

Aflâalìnration

Plot

'

was

difcovered.

By

this

'Account

the

Reader

mall

imagine, that

the

Archbifhopgave

a

free

Licence

ro

this Book fel-

ler,

without

any

Condition,

to

import

and fell

Po-

pith

Books. And

thus

Mr.

N.

cxplains

it

in his

Margin and

his

Index

Whitgifc

liven

es

Poto

h

Books.

This

is

one Intlance among many,

very

many,

where

Mr. N.

avoids

producing

the

Words

of

the

Author

he

quotes,

and

by

fìtbilituring others

in

their

Place,

gives

his

own

Reprefenration

inttead

of

the

true one.

The

Fa& which

he

imputes to

the

Hrchbifhop,

as

a

Proof

of

his

inclination to

Popery, was really an

lnftance

of

his

Care for the

Protellant Religion.

There

was

no

Way for the

Archbithop and

Privy

Council to

know

what Argu-

ments

or

Reprefentations

the Papitls ufed, but

by

pernfing

the

Books

in

which

thefe

were contained

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