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r

351

`

fpiritual

Courts,

Mould be

colleted

and regiflred.

`

]F

this had been

preferved

entire,

more

of

the

Sufferings

of

thefe

great

and

good

Men

would

have

appeared, and

many

Works

of

Darknefs,

Opprefíìon

and

Cruelty,

would have

been

brought

to

Light, which

now

muff

be

concealed to

the

Day of

Judgment.

This

Writer

not

only reprefents,

as he

pleafes,

Fails

that

are

known,

but decifively

determines

upon thofe

he

profeffes

to

know

nothing

of.

This

Co1le,uion

is

now

lotl,

or, 'tis

more likely,

was

never

made

;

yet

he

is

politive

what

would have been

the

Contents,

Dr.

Bridges publifhed

a

Book in

Defence

of

the

Eflablithment, wherein

he

under-

takes

to prove,

`

That

the

Minillers were

difpla-

ced,

with

Grief, for their Demerits. And

can

Mr.

N.

fay,

that

if

the

Trials

themfelves

had been

produced, they

would

not

have

fupported

that

Al-

legation,

unlefs

he had

feen them

?

N's

Hifl.

p.

for.

'

Edwin

Sandy

:,

Archbi(hop

of

Tork,

was

a

zealous

Defender

of

the

Laws

`

againtl

Nonconformifls

of

all forts.

When Ar-

guments failed,

he

would

earneflly implore the

fecular

Arm;

tho'

he

had

no

great

Opinion,

either

6

of

the

Difcipline or Ceremonies

of

the

Church,

as

appears

by his

lati

Will

and

Teflament,

in

which are

thefe

remarkable

Expreffions.

`

I

am

perfuaded,

that

the

Rites

and

Ceremonies

by

poli-

tical

Inftitution

appointed

in

the

Church,

are

not

`

ungodly,

nor unlawful,

but may,

for

Order

and

Obedience

fake,

be

ufed

by a

good

Chriflian

--

`

but

I

am

now,

and ever

have been

perfuaded,

that

force

of

thefe

Rites and Ceremonies

are

not

ex-

'

pedient

for

this

Church

now;

but that in the

Church

Reformed,

and

in

all

this

Time of

the

Gofpel,

they

may

better

be

difufed

by

little

and

little,

than

more

and

more urged.'

Such

a

Telti-

`

mony

from

the dying

Lips

of

one

that

had

been

a

feuere

Perfecuter

of

honeft

Men for

things

which

he

always

thought

had

better

be

difufed than

ur-

ged,

deferves

to

be

remembered.

The Amount

of

this

Charge

is

Hypocrify and

Cruelty.

He

perfecuted

for

things

he thought

better

difufed