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be reduced by the Zeal and vehemence of some who are seduced themselves, and the various Arts of others whose great design is to seduce as many as they can poffibly : And again, are there not some Remainders of the Old Army yet alive , Committee-men, Sequestrators, Purchasers of Crown and Church Lands, and otherwise interested in the late Rebellion ? befides vaft Multitudes of the Common People depending on them, who must needs be glad of so many Solemn Occafions of meeting one another, by wbich they keep up their Acquaintance and Correspondence, and put a very serious face upon their good old Cause, and find many opportunities to be mutually serviceable to one another in their private Affairs, and of joyning Counfels against the Publick. And do they not breed up their Childrep and Relations in the very same Principles with themselves? Now the greater Numbers there are ot fuch People fo much the greater care there ought to be taken that they be not permitted to meet together. The
Meeting place is very well fitted for
only deliver out his Orders at the · fame time with, but may stamp upon
them the Authority of the Oracles of
But in the next Place, if the Go-
nate Her Mind for ever from them: Their boasted of Numbers did immediately abate, and the Laws were immediately submitted to as soon as ever they did perceive that it was but in vain to think of longer triffling with them : So likewise it hapned in King James His Dayes, their loud Clamours were presently filenced, as soon ase. ver the King declared Himself reso-' ; lute at the Conference at Hamptona Court: Nor would the Act of Unifor. mity have had any less effect, if it had not been accompanied with a general Discourse at the fame time of a Toleration to follow immediately upon it. And I appeal to the Consciences of fe. veral of the Preachers in the Separa. ted Congregations, whether they did not leave their Livings upon this very hope, which without it they would have never done?".
0: Besides, the Numbers of the Dif. senters ought by no means to be look ed upon, as an Argument for Toleraţion by any, because, it is not looked upon as such by themselves : This very Point being a thing about which
themselves are highly divided, and would by no means if they could help it grant to one another.
But besides their Numbers, they are now to be considered in point of Merit; but this is a part of the Argument in which I do delight lo very little, as that I must gratifie my own temper so far, as to say very little in it. The Faults of other men are things which I by no means delight to dwell upon, even when it is necessary, I take it to be very irksome: As they are particular Persons, I have nothing to say to any one of them, and whatever Degrees any of them have attained to in Piety and Virtue, in any kind of Intellectual, Moral, and Religious Accomplishments, I pray God that they may every day increase more and more in them, and that both here and hereafter they may receive the comfort and reward of whatever is truly good in them. But as they are a Party, I take it to be very clear', that their Merit hath not been very great, either to the Crown or Nation, and in this it were easie
to be very large, for one who delights in that which to me is a very ungratefal Employment. In the Histories of Queen Elizabeth, King James, King Charles the First ; there is too much to be found on this Argument, and His Majesty which now is , when He was in the Hands of these men, what Usage He did receive from them, though. His Royal Clemency hath been gracioully pleased to pardon, yet His Loyal Subjects have not quite forgot it.,
As to the next Pretence, that it is adviseable to grant these meo an In. dulgence at this time, by reason of the great assistance which they are able to afford us against Popery: This is such an Objection which the Regular Sons of the Church will fcarce be able to refrain themselves from looking upon without fome Indignation : The Writings of the Bilbops and Episcopal Divines have hitherto been bad in great Esteem over all the Reformation; no men thought to have had a better Cause to defend; no mea looked upon as better able to defend