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Title: A farther appeal to men of reason and religion
Alternate title: Earnest appeal
Physical Description: 139 p. : ; 17 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Wesley, John, 1703-1791
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Publication Date: 1746
Edition: 4th ed.
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Statement of Responsibility: by John Wesley.
General Note: Part III.
General Note: Spine title: An earnest appeal.
General Note: With: An earnest appeal to men of reason and religion / by John Wesley. 3rd ed. S.l. : s.n., 1749.
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FARTHER APPEAL


To MEN of


REASON and RELIGION.


P PA R T Ill.
.dnd wbe, he came ,ear, he beheld the City, and Wept
over it, fayivg, If thou hadfl known, even thbu, at
leaft in this thy Day, the Things 'whbic brlng itoa tly
Peace! Luke xix. 41, 42.


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A

FARTHER APPEAL.

To MEN of

REASON and RELIGION.


PART III.


I. 0. TOW, what can an impartial Perfon
think concerning the present State
of Religion in England? Is there a Na-
tion under the Sqn which is fo deeply
fallen, from the very Firfi Principles of all"Religion ?
Where is the Courtry, in which't found fo utter a Dif-
regard to even Heathen Aforality P Such a thorough
Contempt of .Judfirf, and Truth, and all that shouldd be
dear and honourable to rational Creatures.
What Species of V. e can poflibly be named, even
of thofe that Nature itfelfabhors, of which we have
not had, for many Years, a plentiful and (till increasing
1Harveft ? What Sin remains either in Rome or Conflan-
tinople, which we have not imported long ago (if it
was not of our native Groach) and iwprozedufon ever
fince ? Such a Comnplication of Villanies of every Kind,
confider'd with all their aggrauationi, fuch a S, ao of
whatever







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whatever bears the Face of Virtue, fuch IrjUftice, Fraud
and Faljhood: Above all, ruch. Perjw-y, and fuch a
Ale/bod of Law, we may defy the whole World to.pro-
duce.
Vwhat MW atTri r ME tlaft EKtSbuhlE aa it Lahti,
who do not even prefers any Religion ar all ? And
what Numbers of thofe who profA/ mud', confute their
Profeffion by their Pranice? Yea, and perhaps by
their exorbitant Pride, Vanity, Covetoufnels, Kapa-
ci.gufriefs or OpprEilign, caufe the very N.me of "e-
li'on, to Afwk imnhq Nodlrik of mrn (octherwifevr Rre-
Jpne.'e Men ?
a. " However, we have many thoufnds fill, of
truly Virtuous an jR4gi~~4r Men." TVherei does their
Rligiion corfift ? In Righte/,amefr and True H3liwfs ?
In Love fironger than Death ! Fervent Gratt'.-dt .-o
C a Pam tender If'aioa to all his Creatures ? Is
tkeir religion, the Religion of the He.rt ? A Ate-
newal of Soul in the Im.ge of GOD ? Do they re-
femble him they wor/bip P Are they free from Pride,
from Vanity, froni Milite ad'Er Ey ; from Ambition
and Avarice, fronm'Paffion and Lut ; from every us- -
cafy and unlovely Te.per ? Alas, I fear neither they
(the greater Part at lead) nor you, know what t�y
-XRdgiFn-means i or have any more Notion dFit. th-23a
the Peafant that holds the Plough, of the.Ael ,gion of a
S'Tis well if the Germiue Religien of Chrift has any
more Alliance with what you call Retiqina, than
with the Turkth Pilgrianges to le .ra, or the Poanti:
Woerhip of our Lady of Loretto. Have nor yo fulbill
ttLed in the Pl:.ce of the R.,'i:ine of t'e Heart, fome-
S thing I do not fay equally fi/fal, but) equally vain,
and foreign to the 'wri-iptpiqg of Gon in Spirft an.!
ik Tnruh ? What cife can be faid even of Preyer,
(.Puhirh or Priivate) in the Manner wherein you pe-
inerally perform it ? As a Thing of coaur., running
round and round, in rho fame dull Track, without
either the Kisuldege or Lo-ve of Gon ? Without otle
tHavenly Tempir. either attained or improved ? 0
what Mockery of GoD is this ?
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Avid. yet even isb RiligKi, which na,--do you no
Good, may d& you miue-H Harm. Ndyi 'Alplain; ip
doe; It daily inereafes yo *Pride, as yest Meafet
your Goodnels by the Number and Leagt&df yjouPtit-
formancrs. It gives'you a deep Contempt of thofe,
who do net come op to tie full Tale of your Virtues.
It infpires Men vith a ZLal, which is the very Fire of
Hell, furious, bkter, implacable, unmereiful.; often to
a Degree that oeflaguilhes all Compaffion, all good
Nature and Humanity. Isfomuch that the'execrablg-
Feircenej'f of SpHir, which is the natural Fruit of fucl
a Religion, hath many times, in fpire of all Ties, dil
vine and human, broke out into open Violence, into
Rapine, Murder, Sedition, Rebellion, Civil War, to
the Defolation of whole Cities and Countries.

T�Astm hbae Religia ponit faadere nmalarm .

S. Now, if there be a GOD, and one thati ri not
a mere idle Speftator of the Things that are done
. upon Earth, but a Rewarder of Men and Nations ac-
cording to their Works, what can the Event of -thele
Things be ? It was reasonable to believe, thit he
would have rifen long ago, and maintained hi, own
Caufe, either by fending the Famine or Pellilence
among us, or by pouring out his Fury in Blood.
And many wifeanid holy Men have frequently declared,
S ThA they daily expedcd this ; that they daily looked
t for the Patience of Goo to give Place, and Judgment-
to rejoice over Mercy.
S 4. Jull at this Time, when we wanted little of fl-
&li.n lp the iMek-re of o.r Iniquities, two or three Cler-
gymnen of the .hurch of England began vehemently
to call Sirnor Y to Reypntance. In tv\o or three Years
they had founded the fame Alarm, to the utmoll Bor-
ders of the Land. Many Thoufands gathered toge-
ther to hear them ; and in every Place where they
came, many began to fhew fuch a Co;,,'ern for Rcli-
S ion, as they never had done before. A lirunrger
S Jaep.f v w. Fnmade on their Minds, of the ImporaTice
of Things eternal, and they had more earntil D-Jarn
of








ef frying Go, than they had ever had from their
earliest Childhood, Thusid14 GoD begin to draw
-them toward himfolf, wkdh the.Cords 6f Love, with
the Bands of a Man.
. Many of thefe were in a Ihert Time deeply can.
evinced of the Number and Heinounejis of their Sinr.
They were alfo made throughly fenfible of thole
Tempers, which are jugtly hateful to GOD and Man, and
of their utter Ignorance of GOD, and entire Inability,
- either to know, love or ferve him. At the fame time,
S ey faw in the firongeft Light, the Infignfiarncy bof
heir outfi.le Religion : Nay, and often confefsd it be-
fore GOD, as the molt abominable Hipocrify. Thus
did they fink deeper and deeper into that Repentance,
Shich mull ever precede Faith in the Son of GOD.
And from hence (prung Fruits meet for Rrepesttne.
The Drunkard commenced fober and temperate: The
Whoremonger abflained from Adultery and Fornication i
the Unjult from Oppreflion arnd Wrong. He that had
been accuilomed to curfe and wear, for many Years,
now fwore no more. The Sluggard began to work
ith his Hands, that he might eat his own Bread. T he
Miler learned to deal his Bread to the Hungry, and to
coser the Naked with a Garment. Indeed the whole
Form of their Life was changed. I hey had kft 'f
doirg Evil and learned to do zttll.
5. But this was nor all. Over and above this oat.
*vurd C'bangi, they began to experience inward Reli-
gion. The Love of GOD uloas jhed abroad in their
Heart, which they continue to enjoy to this Day.
T hey love him, bieasu? kefity /odte,i s, and withheld
not from us his Son, his only Son. And this Love
confirains them to love all Mankind, all the Children
of the Father of Heaven and Farth, and infpires them
with every holy and heavenly Temper, the w hole Mind
that wa. in Chrill. Hence it is that they are now uni-
form in their Behaviour, unblameable in all manner of
Converfation. And in whatlbever State they are, they
,have learned there ith to be content Infomuch that
now they can to r.''ery Tbing give Thnks: TIhey more
than patiently acquiesce, they rejoice and are exceeding
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4 in da GOD's Difpeu&tikm toward them. For as
ti..'the love GOD lamd that .Lve no .i .ta.ch
f th)M they are iwas ha h .:
calmly travel on thrd �9o' .1w,1 heo
fab in their Minds, never repini g, mntf.u 6r
di iafied, casting all their Care qpon GDb, Ai thu
Hour' comes .tht t&ey"fllt d drep this Coverini
Earth; 'ad rif i die.gat Father of Spiri
Then efpeciay is, tkaM _l tjoice With 7oy afpr*i..
alt ad of . o wl ii notvd , coin=
and fee. S, vffiig and dyipg Chr;Atits.
" Happy while on Earth they breathe s
Mightier Joys ordlin'd to know,
Trampling on Sin. Hell and Death,
To the hirtd Heaven they go."
Now if thefe Tihngs are fo, what rtafiable Maa
can deny (fuppdfing the Scriptures to be true) that Goi
is -now visiting this Nation, in a far other Manner ha.n
we had Caufe to expea ? Infleid of pouring ot' his
fierce Difpleafure-upon us, he h'ath made usyct another
Tender of Mercy : So thai even. when Sin digd ual
aliisd, Grace hath mubc more abandid. a L ,d
'6. Yea, the Grace of GOD 'which r;tigeth Satva-
tioe,y prefent Salvation from inward and outward Sin,
hath abounded of .late Years in fuch a Degree, as nei-
ther we nor our Fathers had known. flow extefRve is
the Change which has been wrought on the Minds and
Lives of the People I Know ye not that the Sound is'
gone rtih into all' the Land ? That there is scarcee a
City or considerable Town to be found, where fomas
have not been roused out of the Sleep of Dekth,
arid confirained to cry out, in the Bitceinefi of their
Soul, What muff I do to be f.'ved? That this >,i:gi,.s
CGicern has fpread to ereryAge ond Sex ; to moat Or-
ders and Degrees- of Men ? To abuna�nce of tLora
in particular, nho in Time pall. wre accotfiteIAln.n-'
fltArsofWickednefs, dankmng in laiitikc , et , 1e d
committing all UseleSwe/ aneithGb. * ie.

H 7. In







Sl what " V"-. r been wrought,






fLe ndera dingMen o rve alfo the D aih of
tied Work, . Ars.v!dy and fwift. wrought. It is
not a flight or fup Thing: Bat Multitudes of
Men have beep fo bl w .Baue 'were fJiitas w.. f a f, a;f, q t 4 Sword,
-viniq thw ver 7!�xy have beea (boartly after Co (61144wi-th 7. is,
helievitg, that whether they were in the body, or out
of the Body, they could cuacely tell. And in the
PbiweC of this Faith they have trapld under foot,
whatever the World accounts either trd"e or4 dcfitale:
HFayltg evidenced in the feverec t rial t, . forycnt, a
betxsb GOD. fo variablee and teacnr o Godw'li-t
mankind, particularly to their Enemies, qud twitch
Mafre of all the Fruits of Holincfs, as were 0ot un-
worty the Apoltolic Age. Now Co deep a Repen-
taUce, Lo firm a Faith, (o fervent Love and unblendfli'd
iHlinelf, wrought in fo many Perfons, within ib fhort
a Time, the World has not feen for haany Ages.
'9. No lefs remarkable is the Parity of the Region
which has extended itfelf Co deeply and fwf/j. I peak
particularly, with regard to the Dotrines held by thoae,
among whom it is fo extended. Thofe of the Chqsch
of Eng/iad, at left, mi acknowledge this. For where
is there a Body of People in the Realm, who, Number
for Number, fo clofely adhere to what our Church de-
livers as pare Doirine ?' Where are thofl who have
approved and do approve themfelves mare. ertbodx,
m6re found in their Opinions I Is there a Sa -ian or
Adia among them alt Nay, were you to recite the
wholM Catalogue of Hirefic:, enumerated by Bp. Pear-









$s t might be ad, Who q2 edIyd ks the to
dieir Chargel , .
Nor is their Religion more Pure from VHervy, thp it
is from Speprfli as. la former Times, w.screver wa1 uS-
ufnal Cone fi r the Tlijss of GOD hath appeared,
on the g AidBr i aq rnra OpiionJ continual-
ly 4rp.t i i� , a Zeal for Things
'ih' ch Re ab . to they had been
etencial I sif t. d y w yhavei laid as 'great
(if not greats4 itrf op Trifles, as on the weightier
Matters of the Law. But it has not been fo in the pre-
fent Cafe. No Strefi has been laid on any thin as
'It were necelary to Salvation, but what is neni-
qcUok MIn, the Word of. GOD. And of the
i&-Tp tai therein, the Strefi laid on each, has
in- tn o the flaunel of its Relation, to
s'here htid 9M dn as the Sum of all, the Love of
dob 'and our Neighbour. So pure from Saferflitiir,
fo througly fcritusral is that Religion, which has lately
spread ib this Nation.
Sro. lt iikewif erational as well as friptar/al it is
at re tinsm "'Eks.fi, as from Saupe ii*a. .It is
'Wue; the contrary has been coatimially eund.' .u
to -fsm is one thing, to prow is another. Who will
proa, That it is Et�s/i.efif to low GODI Even thi
we love him with all our Heart ? To rejoice in the Sieb
or htW Love to us ? To pragi him, even with all our
Strength ? Who is pble, to maej. gad this1 Charge,
aain t the L-cr of aN Manid Or, lay , Rheo.-
o. .lI tlhe afide, to come cdote to the qp at
~Matmqae, Thait ih'is Estlufiafm, in every .Shite we
are ia. thejewirli to be coaetrvP I do but udl eoch oh
the general Headsf. Ye Men of Reafon, give me a
Man, who, getting Raillery and ill Names apart, Wi1
maintain this by dint of Argpveart. If now, ovan thu
Religion is thq.Thing you feek ; fober, .manly. Mlr
nal, divine: However expo*Ae t. the UCenftreofrtho�,
who are accuftom'd to revile wiat tiey u'aderftand not.
i I. It may be farther obrerv'd, the Religion of thofe
we now fpea of, is entirely clear from Bigotry. (Per-
haps this might have been ranked with Sup4,.fltian, oT
kL a whicl.


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'ich k feenas to be only, l e.) They
are in no wife igeid to )u. t indeed
Jadd right Opinions. But they ar l cautions,
r.oi, reft the Wigi1e tere:. iThey
have no fucud evtgwtiu Poumr py inionY ,
as tothink thore alone will maEe them Chrifthans, or
to confine their A&afiofi or Efirem to thofe who agree
with them therein. Thrre is nothing they awe more
'fearful of than this, leJ. it Ihould Acea upon them
imawas. Nor are they Aind to any prticalar .
Branch, even of Pradical Re , . Tey de#l ia-
deed to be exat' in every . and Titte, in the
xery finallell Points of ChN1io e Pruie. But they
are not attached to one Point �M tha-" 1 another ;
they aim at uniform, htiverfal Obedience. They
contend for nothing treiing, as if it was important;
for nothing iAd frrst, as it it were necefl ry j for aq-
thing cireaflastida, as if it were aTntal to Chri-
Itianty ; but for every thing in its own Order.
i2. Above all, let it be observed, 6th this Reli-
gion has no Mixture of fier or UaEwSiufi. It gives
so Man of any Rank or ProfeSow, the leai Licence
as fb It makes no Allowdae to ahy Pqrfom, for
UftodiuCefi of any Kind. Net that all who follow
after have attained this, either are already perfe :
But however that be, they plead for no Sin, either In-
ward or Outward. They condemn every Kind and
Degree thereof in themselves as well as in other
Men. Indeed, mof in themselves ; it being their
conftat Care, to bring thofe Words home to their
own Cafre, Wboftver flil # elp the nwb �lew , and
jf aflad i one PFoint, he is /ilty of al,.
x3. Yet there is not found among them that sUtter
2 ,m in Points either of mall or of great Impor-
tance, that Spirit of Perj ewlio, which hs fo often
accompanied the Spirit of Reformation. 'Tis an idle
obnceit, that the Spirit of Perfecujfon is among the
Papijfs only; it s wherefoever the Devil, that old
Murderer, works and he Aill L*wurkth ia all the Cbildrea
f Difipe.esrc. Of confeqvence, all the Children of
Difobcdience, will on a thoufaid different Pretences,
and





.4 1 i a thoufand diftfEnt W , A. toe
perditsa, perfecute the Children oQQD. , .
flill more to be lamented is, that the Cldrn o.f
GOD themselves, have fo often Ofed the famin. .&-
ponr ind per sted others, when the Power was ia
their owin Rmdi'.
Can we whollyy l.( .r tlof, venerable Men, our
great Riformerrs th!iesafves, from this- Charge ? ffear
not, if we impapriasly read over. any Hiltory cf she
Reformativn. What Wonder is it then, that when
the Tables were turned, Bp. Banner or Gardintr should
I' take Repritals ? That they should mneafure to ochera
(indeed gosd Miafare, baka together) what had before
beep mea;iised to them I Nor i it ftiange, when we
ar i.ler ,h fiI Cae afe f.i , cbrcr. that GOD
d.hfuia erwitfc bply Mein, Archbriop
COiarerp. , I Bi,. Latiimes,, to drink of the
fame Cup with her.
14. 'But can you find 4py "Tinflure bf this in the
Cafe befotbre us ? Do not all who have lately known
the Love of GOD, know whbal Spirit thyb are of? And
that /Ie S'4 Lf'Man is 'oft cqme to dqfriy AMen's Liws,
4et .t'a/i'te them ? Do they approve of the naag
nyX Kirid or Degree of Viahne, on any Acco~.s 4*,
Pfrifrice' whatsoever, in hMatters of Rdigias,? Do
they ort hold the Right every Man has to jadge for
hii/ef, to be facred and inviolable ? Do they allow
any Method of bringing even thofe wLo are fartheft
oiit of the Way, who are in the groffeft Errors, to
4te Knowledge of the Truth, except the Methods of
Reafon pnd' Perfuafon ! Of Love, Patcencer Gentle-
nefrs, Long-fuffering ? Is there anyj thing in their.
Pedeiac which is inconfiflent with. this their.conftant
W.ro//., P Db they in fat hinder their own Rela-
tu-ins 6t Derfendents from worfliltpig. GOD acaor,
. dngto their owe Confcience ? When they believe
u' t~m to bc in Error, do they rfe Force of apy G(n
S in order to bring them out of it ? Let. tha lances,
if r.re ate fucl, be produced. But i� no fuch are
to 'foupd, .thpn let jal ;cafonable Miq. whq beldg.v
tle.A 'e, o tr, That'a Work' of 0GD wroghtia
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our Land: Ad fueia i Work "if 9' firvey in
eeW ifwi.the n df i4 QiA^'with which
it has fpread, ti h-. 'p 'k'-rI t -hiC h was
(0o wiftly difffda ' t a1 trp
MixtUrer,) as i jk & o*d or eaely
be paralel'd, iin " : t'l e' i inurenc Ciriftaenasaces,
by any thing that is found in the Engli/f Annals
ace Chriftianity wvas firft planned in this Ifland.
ILI. . And yet thofe ,who can dli/cer the FAct of
Me SUy, earnat differs tihe .Sgs of the -Tfines. . It
thofe who are efiemed wile Men do not know,
that GOD is now revivbi his Work upon Earth'
Indeed concerning fome of thefe the Rafon is plain ;
rhey in�,v not, because they iZin~ not of it. Their
Thoughts are otherwise employ'd ; their Minds are
taein up with things of quite a different Nature. Or
perhaps, they may think of it a lirte. now and then,
when they have nothing elfe tu do i ba)r nt ferloufly,'
or deeply; - t with any Clofenefs or Attention of
ThongTht. They are too much in HatRe to w4j,
the Fafts whereof we fpeak, and to draw the jasfi In-.
ferraces therefiom : Nor is the Conviftion which they
smiy fometir.es feel, fuoffered to fink into their Hearts a'
but things that have a larger Share in their Afec-
tions foin destroy the very Traces of it.
2. True it is, that there are fame who think mote
deeply, who are accustomed to consider things from
the Foundation, and to lay Circurniftances together,
that they may judge of nothing before they have full
IEvidence : And yet even fome of ihefe appear'to bt
ix doat; concerning the present Work. Now, fup-
pafingit to be a Work of GOD, how can this be ac-
counted for? That they who fo diligently inquire
concerning it, do not know the Time of their Vifita-
sion ? Perhaps because of the deeply rooted Prejudice
which they brmougt with them to the Enquiry ; and-
which fill hanging on their Minds, makes it farce
le for them to form an impartial Judgment. Per-.
napi even a. flght PrtofffAirn 'ight occafion their
ftoabling on foimb of thof lRocks of Ofence, which





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: y the wife Permnnfon of GOD, a . as ad q lway
,dill attend any Revival of his WoVt. ?11, - - y
be, their very 'Caution was carried to Ekxce$. They
would not judge, before they had fuch I vidence as
the Nature of the thing would not admit, or at. lad
GOD did not fee lit to gve.
3. All this is vtry cafy t6 conceive. Bat it may at
firt appear , -rrTng, E' ' a Men of Renown, Men
-fuppoiedtobe ea &w'd with KnoWledge, and with A-
bilities of every Kind, flady, openly, peremptorily
4fenying, that there has been any uafual Work of Gon
S at all! Yea,. a late eminent Writer goes Farther yet.
accounts it an Inflance of downright Ent.bfiafm, to
riagiet, that there is any extraordinary Wotk now
vtTbught upon the Earth .
'It avals not to fay, " No, he does not deny this,
'i,lmt'ht'ienies it to be theWork of Goo." This
SVpalpably trifling : For the Work under Confideration
is of fuch a Nature (namely, the Converfion of Mea
from all Manner of Sin, to Holinefs of Heart and
Life) that if it be at any Time wrought at all, it mult
be the Work of GoD : Seeing it is Gon alone, and no;
any (hild'6f Man, who is able to destroy the Works of
Yet neither is this difficult to be accounted for, if
we consider things more clofelv : For thel fame Pre- '
jbdice which keeps fame in daobt, may eafily be con-
ceiyed fo ;o influence others, as to make them wholly
deny the Work of Goo. And this it may do in fe-
veral Ways: It may either bring them to question
the Fa t related, ard hinder their endeavouring to
be more fully informed ; or prevent their drawing fuch
Inferepces from thofe Fal;, as they would otherwise
fee' to be plain and undeniable. Yea, and it will
,give ten-fold 'Weight to the Offences which muat
come, Co as to over-ballance all Evidence whatfo-

4* This alfo may account for the Behaviour of
thde,' who hot content to fufpeqd their Judgment, or.
today the Wors of'Go , go farther Aill, een to the
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tor . ii.i4 4a n0me
of ehefe hate rxpITed' d13ir" i&, and
fhewh a ficongr `qhite aTfil fl& , ..a, tLt teire
etver known' d^ Pa i 1Ptiry, ility y
Herefy *ha efVfr. 'oe tdve perficoted te 1-
f/irmsents whom it pleafed .Gon to ue hereid, only
Abt tb the Death : And others have treated in the
A ie Manner, all thofe whom they termed their Fol.
lAvers. A few Inftasices of tilis it may be proper'to
mention, out of vety thmiy which might be tecned '
5. On cdieaoth of 7ne 7,45, t great Multfuide :f
Pedp!E gathered cogithibern, chidfty rota Walal, A&
If.flth and Pilflon, 'in 7 r iediuy Churdi-yard, Stof-
fornlkise. They went from t.hehce afterr by ?icnd-
ing a Horn they had ga-theied their'whole Company
together) to Mr. Eatie's Houre, in the Middle of
the Town, who was at that Timne Caflable. He
*ent to the Dooi with his COnfable' .Staff, and be-
gin reading the Aft of Pa.rlatidiet afainft Riots i but
dne Stones flew fo- thick about 'his Head, that he
Wa5 fore6d to leave off leading and .sire. Theyl
bro4e all hiL Windows, the Door of his Houfe, ant
a'.large lock in Pietfes. "They went then .t above
four Icore other Houfes, i many of. which tgereVre'
sfot thiee Pines 6f Glasf left.
6. About Fbitfiantide, 1743, a Mob ardfe at Darlefta"',
nearr enjfury) and broke all the Windows, tbefide
Io"pofg many of their GCo6d') of 79e,ua taftaltre,
orflA Cotterell, Thamas Butler, Tbonmas Wi/kinfon, Ahr
ran Lpo"ntor, lll/iam Pauill, .nn �Emans, Plaltr
CarlWr, Sa'uel Cprtei, and Thomas ilis.
t Eieard Mfarii, Ann Law, j76aa F/u/er, E/ward
onfi,./, A3u4ford I'4/iAs, 7f. hardly and Robea beac-ie
hid all their Wiftdow, broke twice. -
'JMries F&?aer, Widow Hires, and '7onaita oJanet
had their Winddws broke, and Money extorfed to fave
their Houres.
'oJkn Fba flr and yi" Wi'/odhadtheir Windows broke .
aad heir 'Gbod btdken and fpoil'd. -
" S.ile thd: hsh Whidows bro'Ke, 'his Hpu(d btfie
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-r-liam Waidl had his Window broke t*itaad a0
himself compelled to go along with the RiAle. -
Elizabethb Liabm, a Widow with fliv Children,
had her Goods Ipoiled, her Spinning Whqel (the- Sp-
port of her Family) broke : And her Par, Alawmrw
reduced from za" and 6 d. to i s. and- 6d. a Week.
Fa uie, AMxmrhad his.WWiadoin brdke twice
his Wife, big with Cild, beaten with Clubt.,
George WynI had his Windows and Godlsb broke, and
to rave his Houfe, was forced to give them Drink.
losmas Day had his Windows and Goods broke, and
was forced to remove from the Town.
7ofib Stabbs had his Windows broke twice, and his
Wife fo frighied that the mifearzied.
7. On Yaw So, 1743. 7M. -Bkrin at theL Head of
a large Mob, tame to the HmWe of Jfemas Turwr, at
Ws-rasuswikch, nea Wrennry, and asked him, " Whe-
tsher he would kap fr-e the Mes that went preaching
about, and go to the Church I" He answered, 1:do g
to tih CLurcb. But I never fee any of you there. Pme
fenaly one DdesrlOidsw with a great Club, broke.rst
Pat of *a .Widow iaoae Blow. Others laid hol, dF
him uad dragg'd him about Sixty Yards, before he
cor'd get iooftfrom them, Aftenwards they broke al
his Windows, and threw into the Houfe abundance of
. Scones, to break hia Goods.
About 4 in the Afternoon, they came to the Honf
of Widow Tarer', of Wefi Bramrwuic. They threw in
Stoaes and Bricks fo faith, that (he was forced to open
the Door and run out among them. One of her
Daughters cried out, " My Mother will be kiled I"
On which they fell to throwing Stones at her. She ren
into a Neighbour's Houfe ; but before Ohe could that the
Door, they broke the Bottom off with a Brick End.
They followed her other Daughter with Stones, and
one with a great Stake. She ran into another Houfe,
much righted, expedling to be murder'd. The Widow
asked, " Howcan you come and abufe us thus?" OC
which one came with a large Club, and fwore, " If fithe
fpoke another .Word, he would knock her on the Head,
-and bary her in the Ditch." Then he went and broke
all









�S t.e Ohi � . Thcfma did tomasy
of the -.7 -, .. . . .. . .
9. On rw I Y eiwero"Of of Valf/l,
few Mar Wit MaiR * f twe att Iey , -nirk
kwore, - B~~f~ aire uete now: IBut we will
kiityed'Po-*mr ." Atc6rdingly he care" with k
Mat, theisnt Day ; and after they- had broke all the
Windows, bhe took up a Stone and (aid, " NoW, by1
G- I will killjyu." He threw it, and firuck her on
the Side of the Head. The Blood gauhed out, atlitI
drop down immediately. -
The fame Day, dy came to j.TAw Tmare' Hod&.
.d after they hadh eaffthe Windows, OC em&a
and Cieling, one ofditema trief odt, "'I fuppo&ke a(v
S'you wvillgo to- yoar dear Jefus's Wounds, and fee
4" them opened for yes."
Another of them look Mr. Hatda of Wffnjury by
hTheThjat, fwore A wald be the Dath.of him, gave
Wim ^reat Swing Pound, sad tkheIaw him upo the
Ground. As foowas he arofe one Ry?,. Bw*k*, gave
hi a low on the Eye, and knock'd hismdown agfii.
t-about half as Hour, -the Mob came to hMs H W.e,
ad bteke all the Windows, except about tWet Pa te.
'Thu Kkchen WihnWw. they cear'd, Lead, and
all, broke the Window-Pols and threw them into the
Honfe. The Shop was (hut up (he being an Apothe-
eary:) But they quickly broke it opeti, broke all the
Pore and Botides in Pieces, and deftrov'd all his MedPL
crimes. They broke tffo the Shelvesa d Drawers 'n the
Shop to Pieces, anud mmyo-f his Honfiould Goods. :
Isath hater -End of yM, J7oba Grifbths aF . e7 f
ary, .'nd FraI.is Ward went to Mr. D. Jaffice bf
the Peace, They told him the Conaition they and
their Neighbours were in, their Ho ifes broken, and
their Goods spoiled. He replied, " I fuppofe you fol-
" low thefe Parfons that come about. I will nei-
" other meddle nor make."
r 9. On .JMarJir 11, s743-4," the Mob rore again at
Dftfs /on, broke all the Windows of all who fir-
/aqd this Way (except two or three who bought
themselves off) broke open several Hoafes, and' toot
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4iftat r d :., S Piople bwlo*giW �teis-u being?
fled for their ULves.
.abM the Sm Tuime. the Vs|a.,l".Ma- e
toc Wo-s , aud meeftig iam ofhreaxt .iiha Fasj� -
.fe's, .they draw upa Writing, and A.h.el Ma *%at
te Crier of the Town gawagapdich N ce,. Thiall
the People of thceSociet y ma ca 1a; Mr. F4FuwAr Vt
#ad LgR ita orelfabeiri aie Ushf.h p&lle& d down
izanmdiaterdy." Ih was w i6BA * That they
would naer, read, am fi. a pE& . P c.ted or hear
thefe Parfons any more."
.Several fign'd this shan' Pea. They madeevery one
who did, lay dows a Peaiy--" Toeake the Mob
drink."
.10o. About Candkia.h, the. Wife o yJo/ha Co .
flek of Dawrfde igawapg to Mau&ry, wha enas Mob%
met her in the Road, threw her down several Times,
and abused her in a Manner too horrible to write. A
Warrantwma.procured for fame.of thef. But one of
their enly was carried before Mr. G- , who eame
back and told his Companions, that the JuRise fAid,
" That theymightgo home about their Bufirefs." On,
this he Mob roe agia, came tao.yea's Houfs, and
detrby'd all the aeceary Geeds therein. They hke-
wife broke. aid piled all his Shop Tool., threw the �
Tile off the Roof of the Hoafe, and pulled down
one Room, the Joil of which they carried away with'
them All his Gunlocks they took away ;' they sore
in taSes all his Wife's Linnen, cuE the Bed and Bed-
fled, fo that it was good for nothing, and tore her
Bible. amd Common Prayer Book all to Piecem. She
and her Huiband retired to another Honfe. Bat one
telling the Mob they were there, shey wore " they
would tear it down immediately, if the Man let them'
Rfay any longer." So they weit out in the Froft and.
Snow, notknowing where to lay their Head.
II. On Tue/day, Jan. 31, 1743-4, Hear / Oldcame
to _jh Grifilb's HouIe, saying, " If he did not leote
foUdowing tMs Wal, be had a hundred Men at his Com-
mand, who should come and pull his Houfe deow."
Soon after he brought omec with him ; but the Neigk-
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I Booa gave Aim Many, a�trft him away for tha
ime. *
NoNA P A 6.bejMamN fAme . .ei :.t at Night,
came Pao of til.i has . HIiiag.~um afr
oJF, 7fake ad WKe e oor, a Wet tche
Houkd. .Sme,eFdtAh.Ne d go p gin feI a r, -
fqund thdib. iddyi-g they could. Two Chain
and. tvis htam W LiMe t , were laid upon the
Fire.. After they had defiroy'd what they cou'd, they
loaded themselves with Cloaths and Meat, and weat
their way.
The fame Day public Notice was given at Welfal,
by i Paper fix'd up them e . That aH who deligald to
affill in breaking the Windows, and plundering the
Hokfes of the Methdijfm at Wrteari, %tIuM hbe ready
t Ten o'Clock, the next Moaing, on the COrrh-
12. The next Morning. Feb. 7, (being 6rsive Te'f-
dai) about half an Hour after Ten, great Numbers of
Men were gathered together on the Cwrth Hill. Thence
they marched down, fome arm'd with Swords, fome
with Clubs, and foate with Axes. They firlt fell open '
Brnamiii Watfen's Houfe, and broke manyof the Tiles
and all the Windows. Next they came to Mr. Ad-
dihrook's, broke a ine Clock, with many of his Goods,
and ftole all the Things they could carry away. The
next Houle was J.we Smith's, whole Windows they
broke, with what little Goods the had. The next was
Mr. Birds, where they dellroyed every Thing they
found, except what they carried away a catting the
Beds Ia Pieces, as they did all the Beds which they
could any where fint Thence they went to Mr. E�ge's
Bonfe : He was all of a Fever; fo, for a Sum of Mo-
ney, they pall it over The next Houfe was Mr. Heaci's.
TAey broke all his Counter, Boxes and Drawers, and
all (except fome Bedfleads) that Axe or Hammer could
break. They fpilt all his Drugs and Chymical Mcdi-
chues, and ltole every thing they could carry, even all
his and lus Wie's wearing Apparel, beside what they
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i 3. Mr. Eaton's Houfe was next. They lrdke all
jai Windows, and all his iafide Doors in Pieces, cut
the Lead off his Houfe, defiroyed or "Role whatever
;they could lay their Hands on. Some Gentlemen of-
fer'd to flop them, if he would fign a Paper implying,
"' That he would never hear there Parlons more."
,Bat he cold them, " He had felt already what a wound-
ed Conscience was ; and by the Grace of GOD he
would aound his Confcience no more."
After tbey had done at Mr. Efaton's, they plunder'd
several other Houfes in l'ei/bury and Il'yl-Br.amwiLtk.
It is fcarce poflible to defcribe the Outrages they com-
aitred. Only they left them they plundered alie.
While they were plundering Jshn 'Turner's Houfe, he
waded thro' the Brook, m try if he could fare fome of
his Goods, which one David Garington v as carrying
away. Upon which Garington told him, "' It would be
,the fame here as it was in Ireland, for there would be
a Alafla/e very quickly. And he with'd ic was ,.nr."
14. About eleven o'Clock, Sarah, the Wile of JaAn
Shildox, being told, the Mob %sas coming to her Howie,
went and met them at the Gate. She ak'd T6ab B.,-
Aer, their Captain, " What they gere come for ? "
iHe anfwer'd, " If the would have nothing more to do
with thefe People, not a Penny worth of her Goods
should be hurt." She made no Reply. Then they
broke the Door open, and began breaking and plunder-
Jog the Goods. One coming out with a Fire-lhovel,
the begg'd him, " not to take it away." He fivore,
" if fihe fpoke another Word, he would beat bet Brains
out.'-'
Jfobt Sbeldon was this while helping 'Thomas Partes
Wide his Good-, though he knew by tlie Noife they
were breaking liii own to Piece ,. Biscy.een Two :.nd
Three he came to hisa loulc with Il.'..m i'r', it'l-
tamn asked S.7iab, how the did ? S.y),ng, " For his
Part, he took joyfully the ipoiLing of hi, Good's." She
answered, thia " fIcing fa much \, ickednerf, hie could
not rejoice; but Ihe blcifcd GOD. l-i could bear
it patiently, and found not the lea Anger in her "
J..'ta Sbe,'i oa ftan te bSpol they had made, fnilei
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jad faid, "&ire isIrange W" rk.' ,ah -Wife told
.him, " if ithe Iad(cab.led Ki k th their Terims;iot ao
Penny-worth would-, have "been hurt." ' He-aiphld,
* That if the had complied to deny the Tiuth,d and
he had found his Goods whole ori that Account, 'ht
should never have been eafy as long as he lived,; bat
he bleffed GOD that the had rather chosen to fufifr
Wrong,"
1 he Mob continued to rife for fix Days togethe..
The Damage they did in and about /Wedw)jiury, at the
-ery lowell Computatiorf, amounted to fii e handled*An
four Pounds, feventeen Shillings.
Iednefday, O~iober 19, 1743, I came to Birmnning-
biim, in my Way to Newraflte. Thbrfday, Osobhr 20,
several Perfons from IF'ed4ab/urv earneiUy desired me to
call there. I yieldedto their Importunity, and went.
I was fitting and writing at Francuis Ward's, in the Af-
ternoon ; when the Cry arofe, " That the Darlefton
AJob had befet the Houle." I call'd- together thofe
� that were in the Houte, and prayed, that GOD would
flatter the Perple that ighgot in l1nar. And it was fo :
One went one Way, and one another; lo that in Half
an Hour the Houle was clear on every Side. Bur, be-
fore Five, they returned wirh greater Numbers. The
Cry of all wa,, " Bring ont the Minilter."
- I defired one to bring the Captain of the Mob into
the Houle. After a tew Words interchanged, the
Lion was as a Lamb. I then delired him to bring in
one or two more of the moll angr% of his Companions.
lHe didfo; and, in two Minute;, their Mind waschang-
ed too. I then bad them % ho .ere in the Room' make
Way, that I might go out among the People. As foon
as I was in the Midi of then, I Lfid, ." Here I am :
" What do you want r iith me ?" Many cried out,
" We Aant. ou to go swith us to the Jullice " I told
them, " ThI I,.ill k [ith all mv Heart." So I walk-
ed before, ard Lwo or three hundred of them followed;
to Bent.'.-l.../.'. t,.an fIh.Ws franm l-r',Vuwy. But a
Servant caine our, and told them, " ulhice Loe was
not to be Ipoken wi th." Here they were at a Stand,
till one advifed to go to Jullice P, *.i':, at ilital.
About








Ahb fiosmF we came to his Hoae : Bur he alfo fent
Wa liThat he wasin Bed, and could. noatsl poken

All the Company were now pretty well agreed, to
trake te beft of their Way home : But we had not
gone. i oo Yards, when the Mob of Wil/al came pour-
ing in like a Flood, The Darleion Mob flood' against
them for a While i but, in a thort Time, fome being
knocked down, and others much hurt, the rell ran away,
and left me in their Hand,.
To attempt to peak was vain, the Noife being like
that of taking. a City by Storm : So they dragged me
.along till they came to the Town, at a few hundred
Yards Dillance ; where, feeing the Door of a large Houfe
open, I endeavoured 4o go in: Iut a Man, catching
ane.by the Hair, (my Hat having been caught away at
the eg4uingi) .pull'd. me back into the Middle of the
Mob ; who were as fo many ramping and roaring Lions.
T-'iey hurried me fiom thence, through the main Street,
rommone End of the 1 own to the other. I continued '
peaking. all the Time to thole within hearing, feeling
ato Pain or- Wearinefs.
Asthe.WeftEnd of the Town, feting a Door half
open, I made towards it, and would have gone in; but
'a Gemterman in trh Shop would not fuffer me, saying,
." They would pull the Houfe down, if I did." How-
ases, here. I tlood, and asked, " Are you willing to hear
me fpcak ?" Many cried out, " No, no : Knock his
S 'tains out." Oth-ers faid, " Nay; but we will hear
S himfpeak firlL.' I began asking, " What Hurt have
i I done you ? .'whom among you have I wronged in
Word or Lk-cd ?" And continued fpearking till my Voice
fadi'd. Then the Floods l:fiEd up their Voice agin
S raany crying out, " ring him away, bring him away."
Feehlng my S[renrgih renewed, I fpoke again, and
S broke out aloud into Prayer. And now, one of the
' Men who had headed the Mob before, turned and (aid,
" Sir, follow me : " Not a KMan ,lall couch a Hair of
your-Head." Two or three more confirmed his Words.
At the fame Time the Mayor (for it was he that Itood
. in the Shop) cried out, " For Shanme, for Shame ;. let
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him go." An hloneg B9itcher poke to the fame Fife! j
and Ieconded his Wprds by laying hold of four or five,
rone after another, who were running on the ioft
iercely. The Peophle hen dividing to lhei)iht and
Lrfr, thofe three or four Men who had fpoken beforif
took me between them, and carried me through the
hhditd bitterly proreffing, " They would knock down
an'; that touched him." But on the Bridge the Mob
znllied again : We therefore aent on ene Side. over a
iMill-d.ni, and thence thrr' the Meadows, till a little
after Ten, Gon brought me fafe to If'ensary, having
Intl only a Part of my Waiflcoat, and a little Skin from
one of my Hands.
I believe every reafornable Man will allow, That no-
thing can poffibly excufe thefe Proceedings: Seeing
th.Ly are ofen, bare-faced \ iulaticns both of Jullice
dnd Mercy, and of all Laws Divine and Human.

IIl. r. I Suppofe no Protelant will undertake to de-
fend fuch Proceedings, even toward the vilecl Mifcreants.
But abundance of Exrefep have been made, if not for
* /.tjfi.g it thus, yet for dqi"ing this Work to be of
GoD, and for not acknowledging the Time of our
Sifiamtion.
Some alledge. that the D:9ri.:,s of thefe Men-are
F i-, Er owt -.sa aid E.lt ,,qiad.4k : That they are new,
and unhend ft till of late : That they are Quakerilia,
Fanaticfn, Popery. t
Thia who!e Pretence has been already cut up by the
Roots ; it having been ithewn at large, that every
Branch of this Dotrine, is the plain Doctrine of Scrip-
ture, interpreted by our own Church. Therefore it
cannot be either Fa ,n or Erioresr, provided the Scrip-
: re be True. Neither can it be E�,theaftiik, unless
lthe frme Epithet belongs to our Articles, Homilies and
Liturgy. Nor yecc can thefe Dolcrinei be term'd New :
No newer, at leall, than the Reign of Queen E/lia-
ibth ; not even with Regard to the Way of Exprejion,
the Mianwnr wherein they are proposed. And as to the
Subilance, they are more anuent 1lill ; as antient not
only as the Gofpel, as the Time; of /a.,.b, or David,
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i IF-US e they were "blifi" ./"- B-'W anrA
j rtelm'd a Chrillihn Countty. tli tIfrt lt &
h6 ofe, who as Ambairadors of Cha 4 i fo pub.
1Jh them Day by Day.
' Paeire.Cm, if it nmean any Thing at fll, 11': thi
faiqe witl Entiafir., or Religipus Madnefs, Tromi
Ins Wy i vod betmtfe Da^ ines are'diftant
Sfr at tE 'ftl ci:e . .However, itia rto-
S tY. i'thii*i -'6t,; Qpon a TMibg' we'
dojiot like . bcaofe fcarce one Red�dr in a Thkil'and.
has any Idea of ',hat it means. If any Part of this
Doctrine is held by the .uahers, there is the more.Rea-
S ofr to rejoice I would to GOD they held it all: Tho'
the Dtrmne izfelf, woold be neither better pot woie
' M loaut f utii er 'ti jttt no
SNl 1 atwt fiof'"R' Someithig *erv hborid and "had:'
S Bit Pf.,, properly speaking, i5," The D:i/fing.ing
DM itiiie� of the Church of Ro're., They are fL.'pma
up in the Twelte Artic.es which the-Council of Trent,
S aided to the Nirehe Creed. Now who can find tho
S lift Cdm erton'bI*tiven ply df ~te, atd .xe DoAild'a
wh-ritedFA &, e ~ikih . '
*-T.- OtflLrPhl 'e; 'rTheir Dblqrine 'is too *trk,
Ttevy make thf. a# to Heaven, too narrow." ' ArI
ihs'is in Trnth the Origiofl Objeflion, (,as it was at-
Miolt the onrl one for fome Time) and ifecretly at the
Bortrom of & Thoufand more, which appear in va-
rious Forms. But do they. make the Way .to'
Heavetyn' i* nrrower, Thrin our "Lord And his Apbfllet
made' itr i their .Doftrine Afrieler thaa'tatr 'oftbe
Bible ? Confider ol ' a few!plafi, Texti. Todu ftalt
Jl'tete Lordthy God with ZA thy Hedrt, and'-txit;h
Afy Mind, and iwitb all fty FS 6a, a d v-ith all f.
&rngtb'-Fhr every idle Word wlirh Men flball e
Aty *la/ give an dAcruat iv the Day of yagaj. .- ,
W #f.er''ye eat o dri'Ak, or '-wAitever v, do, a '4 to
th�'fi ufdf6Ud. If their Doarine 'fl�riter tlift Wi',
tfikyare"toblame. But yon know in 'your Confde
it-it:Aot. tAdd who ari be one Jot Ifi tr f 'tthouL
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a 'rupi go Wordof OD P .Can any Stcwatd of the
JyAterieso GoD ~Ai foud faithful, if she change any
Fart of that facrqi "hpoficam ? No. .He can abate
nothing, he can often nothing. He is coi rainad to
declare to all Men, " I may not bing dwwte .Scr3-
ture to your Tage. You muiftea ai.lo at, orrih
for ever."
j. This is .e al Ground of that other popular Cry,
concerning " the Uncharitablenefs of thefe Men." Un-
charitable are tiey ? In what refpefl ? Do they not feed
the Hungry and clothe the Naked ? " No, that is
- not the 1 thing. They are not wanting in this. But
they are fo Uacharitale in judging! They think lbone
can be faved, but thofe of their own Way. Tbsy
damn all the World beldes themaelve,." .
What do you mean ? " They thifik none can be fA-
ved, but thofe of their own Way." Moft furely they
do. FoP as there is but One Heaves, fo there is but
OQOe W' to it: Even the Way of Faitb In Chri/l, (for
S e peak not of OpimoiJs, or outward W oks of I'or-
"flip) the Way oft Love to Go and Man, the High-
wa, of alaWisf. . And is it uncharitable, to think ox
y, Thbat none can be [aved, but thofe who walk in
this Way? Was he then uncharitable, who declared,
he thit betlevet6 aot ball e damned? Or he that laid,
Follow Hlolinfi, 'atbvst 'bwich no Maw Jfall fie the-
LIrd? And again : Tho' I Leflow ally Goods to feed
the Poor, and tho' I give my Body to be burned, yet of I
a.~e not eiarm,, Charity, Love, all this profiLeh me
nothing."
" But they damn all, you fay; beside themfrelves.'
bgawn all! What kind of Word as this? They damn
no Man. None is able to damn any Man, but the
Lord and Judge of all. What you probably .mean by
#U*t range Expreffion is. They declare that GOD
rendemas all, betide thofe who believe in Jefus Chrifl,
vead love him-and keep his Commandments. And fo
imul ya aqlfo or you fin against GoD, and your
'Neighbour and your own Soul. Rut is these any UC.
earitablenefi in this ? In warning Sinners to flee from
4 t Wrath to come On the contrary, not to warn. a.
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S .poor wa.d, ,upid Wrewch, that he wi h.. g.ag ove.
the Mouth of Hell, would be to inetufeable a Want
of Chart, as would bring his -Blood upiotfr own
uead.
4. But there is no room for Difpute, touching theft
Deaori/s in general, feeing our Lord gives you ib
plain a Rule, by which you may eafdy and infallibly
know, whether they be of Goo. The Tree is ,ro'wnu
6y its Frail: Either theerefrs mate the Tree good,. and
its Fri good s or lfte, make the Tree corrupt and. itn
Fruit corrupt, (Mtt. xii. 33.) Now what Fruit does
the Tree before us bring forth ?. Look and fee; be.
lieve your own Eyes and Ears. Sinners leave theis
Sins. The Servants of the Devil become the Ser-
vants of Go.. Is this good or evil Fruit ? That
Vice lofes ground, and Virtue, pra�iical Religion,.
gains ? 0 disputee no more.- Knp* the Tree by its
SFrnit. Bow and own the Finger of Gon.
But many who own tjere Doarines to be of GOD,.
yet'cannot be reconciled to the Influuments he hath
made ufe of. A very common Exception taken
agaisift there is (and was from the Beginning) " That
" they are foyspvg." Thcreforaw(abundance of Men
' have readily inferr'd " This Work cannot be of
" Gon."
Perhaps they are not fo young as you conceive.
Mr. Whitefield is now upwards of Thirty ; my
Brother is Thirtyfeven Years of Aye. I have lived
above Forty-two Years. And a Gentleman in Corn-
S wall, for whom I often preach, has the Merit of
having lived Threefcore and feventeen Years.
But fuppofing the antecedent true, what a Confe-
quence is this? What Shadow of Scripture have you.
to support it? Doth not Goa fend by 'whom he will.
faid P And who. hall fay to him, WE'bat doji thou F
" There are too young; fend elder Men." What
Shadow of Reafon ? Is it not poflible, that a Perfcn '
qf Thirty or Forty may have as true a Judgment
is the Things of GoD, and as great a Bleffing, attend.
ing his Preaching, as one of Fifty or Fourfcore ?

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Ta&llisyOWoul~ddilainy rrfeW4fIpn d ithtHedia.
Soriv wesia, veabo fonwIAM fxam -rS( ami
1-low old do you require a Man to be, before
Gou (ball have Leave to fi;e lf By hiB t itibitb-.--
O my Brethsenishs'eOule4 h'Sve.' t :v anyfftiuMs
Man ,would sie 'haie named - (ich an Alumet' ba
this ? Seeing. bod' Scripture asd Reafon teach, 'that
Gop Ifheihy piveth .4cco.a:, to none of his WtFys. But
he %vorketh by whomfoe'er he nui.' work ; lie fhew-
eth Mercy by whom he -wil lhlw Mercy.
6. " But there aTe only a F:in young Heads."' I
. cannot but observe here, what great Pains have bee
taken, what Diligence (hewn, totnake and to keepthelit
Vrm. What Arts have,uaot been uded, to f&eeip back
rhofe, of the Clergy in particular, who have been
clearly convinced from time to time, that they ought
to join Hear;s and Hands in the Work ? On this Oc-
cafion, it has been accounted meritorious to ./, cil
mirnner of E& 4 of us falflt' : Toprifene them what-
ever their Hearts defired, if they trould refrain from
rhefi Men : And, on the other hand, ,ti ehAav.t '-ltea
wirh heavy thingsif ever they .weat ahiigtrei
more. So" that how fully fr.evl' they wem 'orl4IoW
ced, they could not a& according to their ConViftin',
uilefi they could give up at once all Thouglh'of
Prefermeit, either in Church or State; neay, all Hope'
of cven a FKl.f,'r p, or poor S&i.rfrip, in 'either
University. Many alro have been thratenr'd, thaitif
they went on in this Wa, wl-hit lidle they had thduld'be
taken frum them. And mnrv have, on tHil Jery Ac.'
eount, been difowh'd by their dearell Friends'~ind
neaiell Relations. So that there was no Poffibrilty
the Number of thefe Libourers should ever be in-
creas'd at all, unlef, by thole who coi6l lireak thro'
all thefe Ties, who defired nothing in the present
World, who counted neither their Fortunes,' nor
Friends, nor Lives dear unto thetifelve', Io they
might only keep a C,.fcien.e woi.f ot Offence toward
GOD and toward Men.
7. But what do you infer from their F,-vwnet P
That because they ate F,'v, therefore GoD cannot world.
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,y tM's ? Upon what Scripture do you ground this ?
I thought it was the fame to Him, to f/aw y many or
ly few. Upon what Reafon? Why cannot GOD fave
Tbn thoufand Souls by One Man, as well as by Ten
thousand ? How little, how inconfiderable a Circum-
fiance is Number before GOD ? Nay, is there not
keafon to believe, that whenfoever GOD is pleafed to
work a great Deliverance, spiritual or temporal,.he
may firlt fay, as of old, The People are too many for
me to gi-vs the Midianites into their Hands P May he
not purpofely chufe Fe'w, as well as inconfiderable
Infitrument-, for the greater Manifelfation of his own
Glory ? Veryfev-, I grant, are the Inftruments now
employed : I et a great Work is wrought already.
And the fewer they are by whom this large Harveft
hath hitherto been gathered in, the more evident nmuft
it appear to unprejudiced Minds, That the Work is not
of Man, but of GOD.
8. " But they're not only Few, but Unlearned al-
" fo." This is another grievous Offence ; and is by
many efleem'd a sufficient Exca'e for not acknowledging
the Work to be of GOD.
The Ground of this Offence is partly true. Some of
thofe who now preach are unlearned. They neither
undertar.d the antient Languages, nor any of the
Branches of Philolophy. And yet this Objection might
have been fpared, by many of thofe who have fhe-
quently made it: Becaufe t'y are UJearned too (tho'
accounted otherwise ) They have not themselves the
very Thing they require in others.
Men in general are under a great MiflTke with Re-
gird to shat is called " The Learned World." They
do not know, they cannot eafily imagine, how little
Learning thereis among them. I do not fpeak of A.b-
/rufe Learning ; but of what all Divine', at lealt of
any Note, are iuppofed to have, -vie. The Knowledge
of the Tongues, at leafl Latin, Grete and Hebrefu, and
of the common A-.ts and Scirnres.
How few Men of Learning, fo called, underlland
Hetbreu, P Even fo far as to se;,d a plain Chapter in
Ge-/iP ? Nay, how few understand Greek ? Make an
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eafy Bxperimea. Defire that grave Map, who is
urging this Obje&iop, only to ce you the. .w.'. of
the firif Paragr*aph th occurs in one of Pltea sDia-
k les? PI am afraid:.we may go far.ther:fill. - How
fiw underiland LatinM- Give one of them an Xp/dR
of Ta//y, and fee how readily he will explain. it, wih- -
Out his Diaanasry. If he can hobble thro' that, 'tis
odds but a Georgsi in Firgl/, or a Satire of Perfias fet
him fail.
And with Regard to the Arts and Srieres : How
few uaderfland (o much as' the general Principles of
Logiek ? Can one in ten of the Clergy (0 Grief
of Heart 1 ) or of the Al. fiber of Aret in either Uni,
verfity, when an Argument is brought, 'tell you even
the Mood and Figuare wherein it 1s proposed ? Or
esmpleat an E trAnhmec ? Perhaps you do not io much
its underhland the Term : Supply the Premi:J which
is wanting, in order to make It a full Caiegari.-.l S.V-
IAif/m. Can one in ten of them demonstrate a Pro-
tiam or Theorem in Eaiiia's ERimegti Or define the
common Terms ufed in Aetapbyficks f Or- istelligibly
explain the firft Principles of it ? Why thcn will thay
pretend to that Learning, which they are confcioti to
themselves they have not ? Nay, and cenfure othewn
who have it not, and do not prenJ to ito ? Where are
Sincerity and Candour fled ?
It will easily be obferved, that I do not depreciate
Learning of any Kind. The Knowledge of the A',r-
�guage. is a valuable Talent ; fb is the Knowledge of
the Arts and S..'c es. Both the one and the other
aay be employed to the Glory of GOD, and the
Good of Men. But yet I a-k, Where hath GOD de-
clared in hi: Word, that he c-.nsot, or -ill not make
ufeofl Men that have it not? Has iojis, or any of
the Propher, affirmed this � Or our Lord ? Or any of
his Apoilles ? You are fenlible all thefe are agiinll
you. You.know the Apotlles themselves, all except
St. P.!., Uere aUi.; U'�ap-fAZ, Xa iJlaM' common,
unphitobophical, unletter'd Men.
9. " What I then you make yourfelves like the
*" .Apfflhes." Becaiufe this. filly Objetion has fo often
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I*etPrgd, I will for once fpentid a fe -, W*dt'upan
it,-Bth' Ait -des not deserve tht Honoure. - Why, Watft
tirt'bvtery Man.'whether Clergyman or Lanna, 'bea .
fmie :Refpefs like the Apfjiles, or go to Hell ? Can -tf
Man be faved, if he -be- otio holy, like the ApofftlesP
A Follower of them, as they were of Chrift ? "And
ought nbt every Preather of the Gogpel, to be in al[e-
reliar Manner like the 4/ofiles, both ifl holy Tempers,
in Exemplarinefs of Life, and in his indefatigable La-
bours for the Good of Souls ? Woe unto every Am-
baffador of Chrift, who is not lik' the .'pofles 'in this 1
In Holinefs; in making full Proof of his Niniflry ; in
pending and being fpent for Chrill I We cannot, and
therefore we ,teed not be like them; in 'working Ozaurwit
'Miracles. But we may and oaght, in wovrkingtogethbr
,with GOD for the Salvation of Men. And the fame
-GOD, who was always ready to help their Infirmities,
is ready to help Ours alfo. He who made them Ifork-
ien� that needed not to be aj.nmed, will teach us alfo
right/h to divide the Wr'd of'Truth. In this Refpeft
likceife, in Refpeft of his hbaing Help faim GOD,
for the Work whereunto he is called, every Preachet
of the Go(pel is like the poiftles. Otherwife he is of
ill'Men moll miferable.
to. And I am bold to affirm, that there unletter'd
Men, have'Help frsm GOD for that greit Work, the
having Souls from Death ; feeing he hath enabled,
and doth enable them 1till, to turn man:v to Righ-.
treafne/s. Thus hath *he defjroyed4 te I 'l/Wom of tht
Wei, and brought to nought the Uvl/erflanding of tht
.Prudent. When they imagined they had effetlually
fhut the Door, and blocked up every Paffage, whereby
any Help could come to rwo or three Preachers, iveak
in Body as well as Soul ; who they might reasonably
believe would, humanly fpenking, wear thenmfelves out
in a fhort Time : When they had gain'd their Point,
by fecuring (as they fiuppolei all the Men of Learn-
ing in the Nation ; He t A/t litterb in Heaven laughed
them to./orn, and came upon them by a V.'ay they
thought not of. Out of' e' Stones I.e railed up
thofe who should beget Children to Abrabam. We
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lad no more Forefght of this Uan you. Nay, we had
the deepest Prejadices against it : Until we could not
but own, that GOD gave IFfdea,, from aeow to thefe
u'nlearned and ignorant Men ; fo that the Work of the
Lord.profper'd in their Hand, and Sinners were daily
converted to GOD.
Indeed, in the one Thing which they profers to know,
they are not ignorant Men. I truil there is not one of
them who is not able to go thro' fuch an Examination,
in fubltantial, practical, experimental Divinity, as few
of our Candidates for holy Orders, even in the Univer-
fity, (I fpeak it with Sorrow and Shame, and in tender *
Love) are able to do. But oh I what Manner of Exa. -
amination, do mola of tboj' Candidates go thro'? And
what Proof are the Tey7imosials commonly brought (as
folemn as the Frnm i6 whereiai they run) either of their
Pa-ty or Knowledge, to whom are intruded thofe Sheep,
which GOD hath purchased with his own Blood !
i z. ".But they are L2yV en. You feem to be fen-
fible yourfelf, of the Strength of this Objeiion. For
as many as you hive answered, I oblerve you have ne-
ver once to much as touched on thi."
I have not. Yet it was not Diflruil of my Oulfe,
but Tendernefs to you which occafioned my Silence.
I had famething to advance on this Head alfo: But I
was afraid you could not bear it. I was conscious to
myfcif, that iome Years fince, to touch this Point, was
to touch the Apple of my Eye. And this makes me
alnodt unwilling to fpeak now ; leall I ibhouldjhocr the
Prejudices I cannot renve.
Suffer me, howeverr , jail to intimate to you fome
Things, which I would leave to your farther Confide-
ration. The Scribes of old, i-ho %ere the ordinary
Preachers among the jer,.c9, were riot P, ijj ; they
, were no betrir than L,..:,n. Yea, many of tthm were
,* incapable of the Priellhood, being of the Tribe of
Simeon, not of l.:-i.
Hence prob.ibly it was, that the .ews themselves
never urg:d in as an Objiiion to our Losd's Preaching
jesen th, e ho did not acknowledge or beheve, that
he w.aslent of GOD in an extraordinary' Lhraritr)








ikb irite n Prief after the Order1 *f or*
Mdi4 could be a feeing he was of the Tit ty.f-
. Nor does it appear, that any objee d sti o t HIe
Apoftles. So fat.from it, that at dAntiac'in I ,
we fim&nd Rdts of the Snaqog e feeding uty I
nt Bati.ha' , $tngersJ' ' iN to the City, fta-
Ag eWh ^^?^S ;', .f arard o x6 r-
* ,fl 'f ite Peile, f.y 'oH, 'AEtM x, I. '.
tFwe consider thfe Things,1 wd s&ll be the lefs u-
prized at what occurs,if the eight Chapter of the Ads.
A.t that Ti e thrte was a greist Perfecution aginft Ae
Chre b, andtte, were all fcattred abroad . Ci. e. all t4e
0ireh, - al the Believers in Jefusj thruliosoutt e RFt9 s
, f Jtdea .fad Samaria, k"v.,.).. .Tfr e J f ,a
frantaer ab&i6 ,4 t ewe, ere rm i &
(�4. 4.) Now %hai Shadow of Raaon9 have we to fdy
or think, that' all thefe were ordained before tQe
,reached P
t 2. If we tome to later Times ; Was Mr. Calvin
ordaln'd ? Was be either Priell or 1eaconj/ And *'ye
not molt df rhsfe (Hh6m it ic fed GQD, to employ )a
prothtri.g' tha Reft/nrm.;on abroad, L -jiep alfo4 Co1 d
that gnia Wdrk have been promoted at all in smauy
Places, if La.ymn had not preach'd ? And yet how fel-
'dom do the very P,.jif,? urge ihis as an ObjefCiona
againli thA. Rfr-mae:a.i ? Nay, aR, igoroji as they are
in Things of this Kind, they themnifelves appoint, ecyn
in fome of their firifetl Orderi,, that " if any .qv-
bratle; believes hihlfelf called o4 GOD, to prt,,h. a
7_ ' iji, je , S*peribr of the Order, being in frai'd
�*c'we fau lilediattely- fend himn away.". ,
. i'll Protflant Churches it is fMill more evident, tiat
Ordiftia,,/ is nothtld a necelfary A erefijitze of Preazi-
ing.; For in Swedae, in Gerr-any, irr loh'lad, and ibe-
Ijeve in very re�if mid Church' in Ew sp, it ib �l. ogly
permhrid but required, that heFore any oF p oj�.aiy,
(befteied*-he-kdiltredt even inso DiaroB s Ors,. 4'jfe-
ever the Diflincion betWven Ps iells aand eagnsa re-
tail'd)' 1ffiAo d'pali'lv praci a iear or more, ad
Sproa.idaafathatAm. And for thii Pracnie, they be-
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. .iTre they have tUw .Ahoit of I q Commana
of GOfl: Let' f 1 itrasafr
rl OfAce -f acoi n t / Tim.& 1
i. 0o. . -.
ai. cIn. ' uOi e-r, their 'nothing tgthis
i lKinda nsio t a )enItted to ipak in puck."
No I ca yopblinaant, that in an hadred .lrcjbe,
She, do at cotinuhaly ? In how many (particularly in
the tJ1 of E1n does the Pari-Clrk read'one qf
the Leions In fd he reads the whole Service of
the Churclh perhaps, tvery Iord's Day) and do not
their Laiets con. a . do tie time Thing, yea, In
t sur very CatidraJs ? MWhich being wander the' min
Sniiatediate ITnpieion at (ie SRfr ,ioadnieh teras
ad all other, Chirihea; .
' "Perhaps it will be faid " But this is not creaie&ng."
'Yes, bat it it, elfrntially fuch. For what is it /a-rFacb,
buot pre icare Perbum'Dei? 'To publilh the Word of
4COb ? And this Loayen do all over "ig li, ; p.:.--
cularly undcr the Eye of every BiJhop in thq Nation.
SNay, is it siot done in the Univextiea then cly?
Whoordain'd that Singing Man at Chrif Chrch ? Who
is likewise atteely unqualified for the Work, murdering
every eflfon he reads ? Not even endeavouring to redd
it as the Word of GOD, but rather as an Old Song ?
�SEt a Layman as this, meddling at all with the Word
of GOD, I grant is a Scandal to the Englit Nation.
To go a Step farther. Do not the Fundamentalu
Conitiutions of the Univerfift of OAford, the Statutes, ,
even as retifed by Achbifhop L.ss), require every
.- Stchelor ef Arti. Nine in 1 en of whom arw Layx,
to read Three Publick Llurers in Moral Philofophy, on
whatever Subteft he chufes! My Sabjt. I well re-
member, was the Love of God. Now ahas was this
but Prr.fing ?
Nay, may not a Man be a Daeor of DiW jity even
in Ojxfrd, sho' he ever was o.jia'ndat all ? The In-
Satife of Dr. t /ell, tfare) Relor of Exet-e Co/lege, is
fðfin every one's. Mfermcry.
1 hrefe are a wv of the Confiderations thas may rea-
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Wl r to any thikting Man on t&l Head. But I
.. the Cauie oB thef. ,I b -ievtit may be
d*ided a shorter Way.
14, It pleaded GOD, by two or three Miniflersof
'the Church of England, to call many Sinners to Repen-
tance : Who, in federal Parts, were undeniably tan'S
from a Courfe of Sin, to a Courfe of Holinefs.
SThe Minhieriof the Places where this was done,
d ht to have reciived thofe Minifters with open Arms:
And to have taken them who had jndt begun to terve
GOD, into their peculiar Care r watching over them
in tender Love, left they Ihould f.dl back into the Saare
of the Devil.
Inftead of rhiF, the greater Part fpoke of thofe Mini-
Aeni is if the Devil, not GOD had fent them. Some,
"ejsd them from the Lord's Table ; Others flirr's
St&hePeiopfl agaift them, reprefencing them even
n their Pblick Difcourfes, as Fellows not fit to live
Poi)sh, Hereticks, Traitors; Confpirators againdl thtia
K6S wad Country.
And how'did rkey-watch over the Sinners lately re-
form'd t Even as a Leopard watcheth over his Pray ;
They drove fome of them alfo from the Lard's "T ble ;
to which till now they had no Defire to approach. They
preached all Manner of Evil concerning them, openly
curbing them in the Name of the Lord. They turned
many out of their Work ; persuaded others to fo too,
and harraffcd them all manner of Ways.
The Event was, That fome were wearied out, and
fo turn'd back to their Vomit again. And then here
good Paftors gloried over them,- and endeavoured to
take others by their Example.
I . When the Minifters by whom GOD hid help'd
them before, came again to thofe Places, great Part of
their Work was to begin again ; if it could be begut
again: But the' Relaplers were often fo harden'd in
Sin. that no Imprellion could be made upon them.
What could they do in a Cafe of fo extreme Nqcef-
fty ? Where fo many Souls lay at Stake I
tio Clergyman would alfift at all, TIL Expedient
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I it crtm i le;as TafisdT'(onesau.pmp 4aetelvei,
%*kt wai L right. of IHearr..aac . T mI o d
the Thins of GOD : And to csie so meet she'
reld as 't fien as he. cold, iq ord'erwo-i oci tiimm, as
he was - ble, in the Ways of GOD,'e ilbyk l.a4ag
to thd i, or by Pr,,yer,. or by- xhpstatpon. .
GOfirar.tAiaw.y gave a Blefling -hereto. JInfeve-
rT-FPlace,,,by Means of there pl:,in Men, not only
ihofresO he id alre:idy begun to run well, were hin-
der d tiom drawing back ro Perdition ; but other Sir.-
ners :1i o, from Time to Tune, were co.vertcd .ftim
the Error of their Ways.
This plir Account of the whole Proc ediqg. I take
so be the bell Defence 'of it. .1 know no $.rc
which forbids making Ufe of fach Help, in Ct of
ft h Necefliry. And I praife GOD- who *la given
even this Help to thofe poor Sheep, when tbeir ons
S-bphjerds pitied tbht tNot.
, " But does not the Scripture fay, No Man taktte
this Honour to liifelf, lat be that is calit of GOD, as
SSes Aaron I" Nor do thefe. The RNoe hen sea -
tion'd -is the Prielthood. But they no more cac. aujo
them t) be Prielts than to be Kings. They taRk.ne .
apon. them to adminifiler the Sacraments, an HOIa k
peculiar to the Priqlts of GOD. Only according. tq
their.Power, they exhort their Brethren, to coantue M.
rhe- Grace of GOD.
*' But for there Lesrmn to exhort at all, is a Viola-
fion of all OCdri ."
What i, this Order of which you (peak ? Willkitfrve
i lead of the Knowledge and Love of GOD Will
th i; 0 r rescue thofe from the Snare of the Devil, whd
ife maw takqn Captive at his Will ? WilU it keep then
Who ate eIcaped a little Way, from turning back into
tgypt? If not, how Ihould I anfwer it to GOD, ifra.
shee than violate I know not what Order, I (hould/f2-
c vfit ThoulAbds of Souls thereto ? I dare not do it. It
is at the Peril of my own Soul.
Indeed, if by Order were meant, True, Crijfi.,n Dif
afier-wh'welby all the ining M1Lrber of 'Chrijlje
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knit tether in one,. and 'all that are putrid and dead',
imiaitg fy 'clita filowitiffbioly rA% o16MA* I re-
vertice ; for it iW d? ^OD!' fM'0whf8 rivit = be
iburnd In what Diocefe, in What Town' or Patith,
within Englaador Wacln ? Are you Redor of a Parih ?
Then let us go no further. Does this Od/er obtain
there P NothiigtlAgs.- Your Parilhioners are a Rope of"
Said. * -Ak f if .i'asy). of 'Rfein ane alive to GOD,
fo Ithy' have -16 CbKhlhi6dn wvkh eachit the , drlefe fach
as might'be 'abong furfi or Heat Am.- Neither have
yau any Po*er to" &Et off fror that -Body, wfte k alive,
the dead and putrid Members. Perhaps you have no,
Defirer But' aH 'are jumbled together, without any
Care or Concern of yours.
It is plain then,. that what Ordr? is to be found is not
among e,,-whoefo loudlyc6ntend for it,- but among
that very People whom you continually blame, for their
filariih and CWntempt of it. '.The little Flock you
conemna is united together in One Body, by One Spirit:
So that if one Memftrf rfers, el' the Members fajffr
Sl4rth it, f one be bhonour'd, alh rainte huih if. Nor
does any dead Memberlong remain; but as foon as the
Hope of recovering it is part, it is cut off.
N ow, fppofe we were willing to relinquiflh our
Charge,- and to give up this Flock into your Hands ;
would you obferve the fame Order as we do now,- with
them and the other Souls under your Care ? You dare
not : Becaufe you have Refpef of Perfaon. You fear
the Faces of Men. You cannot ; because you have not
*tercome the World. You are not above the Defire of
Earthly Things. And it in impoffible you should ever
have any True Order, or exercise any 'Chriflon Dfii-
/finr, rill you are wholly crucied to tWe 'Wrld, 'tit
you defire nothing more but GOD.
Confider this Matter. I intreat you, a little farther.
Here are Seven Thoufand Perfons (perhaps famewhat
more) of whom I take Care, watching over their Souls,
as he that muft give Account. In order Jereso'it lies
upon mie (fo I ju ge) at the Peril of-rrV otiv Stilvation,
to know not only their Names, but thrir Ourw.ird and.
Inward States, their Difficulties and Dangers. O;her-
K 3 wil i
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Swife how can I know, eihw how to gp deAmun-aright,
or to commend them to GQD m Frayer? Now
if I am willing to make 9htie over tc.ja, will ye
* watch over them In the fame M.anor? Wllo .� take
the fame Care (or as much mor as you plafe) at each
Soul as I have hitherto done I Not fuch Cuam Aimna-
rxm as you have taken thefe Ten Years in your own
Pariflh. Poor empty Name I Has not your Paridh been
ins Fait, as much a Si-ecasre to yeu as your Prebend ?
O what an Account have ye to give, to the great
Shepherd and Bilhop of Souls I
Sal. There is one more Eveufe for denying this
I Work of Go D, taken from the Inflrsaenst employed
therein : That is, " That they are picked Men."
And a choufand Stories have been handed, about to
prove it.
But you may obferve, their Wicednefs was not
heard of, till after they ,went about doing Good.
Their Reputation for Honeuty was till then unblemith'd.
But it was impoffible it should continue fo, when they.
were publicly employed in teflifig of the K'or/d,
S that its Deeds quete evil. It could not be but the
Scripture ftou!d be fuldil'd. Tle Servant is not abcet
bis AL yler. If they lave called the A�ler of the Holuf
Fee&rbabh, b-v much more them af his Hf qold?
Yet I cannot hut remind confiderate Men, in how
remarkable a Manner the Wifdom of Goa has for
many Years guarded againil this Pretence, with refpe&t
i to my Brother and n.e in particular. Scarce any two
Men in Great Britain, of our Rank, have been lo held
out, as it were, to all the World ; especially of thofe
%who. from their Clildhood had always loved and ftr-
dioufly fought Retirement. And I had procured what
.I.feout. I was quite fare, as I fuppofed, in a little
. Country Town. when I was required to rernm to Ox-
f ard, without Delay, to take the Charge of fome young
S Gentlemen' by Dr. Moilea , the only Man thn in En-
gland to whom I- could deny nothing. From that
S .Time both my Brother and I (utterly againftl our
WilQl came to be more and more observed and known,
.all we werq more ipAke4 of, than perhaps Two to



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incoqldeagbl Perfons ever were before itn e Nation.
T nk us more public Hill, as hIqfr. Ma en as
leaf, by a firange Concurrence of Provides, over-
turning all our preceding Refolutions, we were hur-
ried away to America. However, at our Return.from
-thence, we were refolved to retire out of the World
at once ; being fated.with Noife, Hurry and Fatigue,
and seeking nothing but to be at Reft. Indeed for a
long Seafan, the greatest Pleafure I had defed, on
this'Side Eccranity, was

Tacdfam Sylvas inter riptare falahre:,
�2ajrreatem quiqauid dignm faplitnte honoque.

And we had attain'd our Defire. We wanted nothing.
We looked for nothing more in this World, when we
were dragg'd oLt again, by earneft Importunity, to
preach at one Place and another, and another, an4 io
carriedd on, we knew not how, without any Defign, but
the general one, of facing Souls, into a Situation, which
had it been named to us at firil, would have appeared
far worlfe than Death.
z 9. What a furprizing dpparatas of Providence was
here 1 And what stronger Demonflrations could hate
been given, of Men's ailing from a Zeal for GOD,
whether it were according to Kno.wledge or no ? What
Perfons could, in the Nature of Things, have been (an-
tecedently) lefs liable to Exception, with regard to their
MAoral ChaTraer, at leaft, than thofe the All-wife Goo
hath now employed ? Indeed I cannot device what
manner of Men could have been more unexceptionable
on all Accounts. Had Goo indued us with greater
natural or acquired Abilities, that very thing might
have been turned into an Objeion. Haind we been
remarkably deftSive, it would have been Master of
Objeftion, on the other hand. Had we been Difen-
tenr of any Kind, or even Low-Cbhrcb MAle, (Cfo all'd]
it would have been a great Stumbling-block in the Way
of thofe who are zealous fr the Charch. And yet had
.we continued in the Impetuofity of our High Cburch
p Z/i, neither should We h ve been willing-to converge
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with DiOfeers, noLthey to receive any Gibd at our
Finds: Some Objeftioui #r* k6 kL6t r dFthe Way,
sy our known Cot) lptIbi gYjf eferment
And others, by thare t ri Sti WefIJ'f, which
we exafed, not of dtr; boit'ourhfilve only. . r 6-
mnc.ch, that twelvi'or'foireen" Years tgo, the Cofluri
of one who hat~ oiaioily oblrtv'd u!, (me, in part'-
' c6ar)- went u6&th'rher thai this;

" Does .-- beyond his Strength perfillt to go,
" To hik frail Carcafe literally Foe ?
" Cartlefs of Health, as if in hate to die,
" And lavilh Time t' infure Eternity 1"

So that upon the Wyhole,. I fee not what GOD could.
have done more in this' Refpeft which he hath not
done: Or what bajyruments he could have employed
In fuch a Work, tho would have betn lets li.tbic to
Exception.
o20. Neither can I conceive how it was.poffible to
do that Work, the doing of which we are till undtr
the Itro.geft Conviclion, is bound upon us at the Pe-
ril of our own Soul;, in a. lets exccptonrable Ma'annr.
We.have, by the Grace of GOD,.behavefd not only
iitcl Meeknls .'biut with all Tendcrqefs ti6ward al1
Men i witl aill the Tenderriefs which we coacehled it
was pofflble to ufe, without betraying their Sdoui. And
from the very firlt, it has been our efpecial Care,' tu-
deal tenderly with our Brethren of the Clergy. Wt
have not willingly prqooked them at any Time ; nel-
ther any single Clergytnin. We have n6t ftaghl Ot:-
cafion to publiffh their Faults ; we have not u/ed a
tho'jfind Oc&illdns that offered. When we were con-
f'ra'ied to fpt'ak faomething: we fpake as little as we
believed We could, without offieding GOD " And that
little, tho' in plain and flrorg Words, yet as milqdl
and zving.v as we were able. And in the ftme
Courfe we have fleadily perlevered (as well as in ear-
miffly advifing others to tread in our Steps) 'even tho"
we faw, that with regard tb Them, by 11 this we proL-
fited nothing ; tho' we knew we were UIIl Continualry
a. xept-








i eprefented as implara le Ermsi tbhet Cd., as Rai-
S le agaift them, as Slanderers of them, uas. ng a ll
S Oppo+re cities to blacken and afperfe thiem. When a a
Clergyman himself has vehemently accused me of do-
* ing this, I blefi GOP he could not provoke me to do it:
I til kept my Mfouth as it were ,with a Bridle, and
committed my Caufe to a' higher Hand.
2r, The Truth is, you impute that Hatred to us,
which is bloyer iyt Breaft. (I peak not this of all
the Cflefy L GOD forbidl BuEtlt it fall on wh6m it
concerns.) rou, it is certain, have fhewn the urmoft
Hatred to xa, and in every poflible Way : Unlefs you
were aIusallv to beat us (of-which alfo we are not
without Precedent) or to Thoot us through the Head.
And if-you could prevail upon others to do this, I
Sipoe rys would think you did GOD Service: I
S do ane. Ieak without Ground. t.have heard with my
S 6wn Ears fuch Sermons {in 8tafsrd.jire particularly
that I should not have wondered, if as loon as we
came out of the Church, the People had floned me
7' with Stones. And it was a natural Confequence of
what that poor Minifler had lately heard, at the Bi-
. hop's Viftation : As it was one great Caufe of the
: maiterable Riots and Outrages which foot followed.-
It is' this, smy Brethren, it is your wan Preacrhng',
and not oars, which fits the Peiple agaift yeo. The?
very fame Perfons who are direrted with thofe SermoTsd
.cannot but cdfi/e you for them in their Hearts: Even
thefe who on your Authority believe moR of- the Af-
fertions which, you advance. What then mull they:
think of you, who know the greatefl Pirt of what
you afTert to be utterly filfe ? They mn) pity and
pray for you ; but they can'eflem )ou no other, than
Fallen WsnelTes againil GOD and your Brethren. i
m 2z. " Bat what Need is there (fay even fome of a mil-
dir Spirir) of this Preaching in Fields and Streets? Are
there not C.u,-i-,bei iugh to preach in ? " ' No, my
Friend, there are not ; not for us to p-eath in.
You forget : We'are not fuffered to preach there ;
efe we should prefer them to any Places wihatever.
"Well, there are Minifters enough withoury s'." Mi-
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nidenr mowigb, and Cawheh auw Me ,; foh . what ? Tb
reclaim all the Sinners iiths thep our Set If there
were, they would all be reclaim'd. BWa they are not
reclaimed. Therefore it is evident, thbr are not
GCbrches esuagh. And osw plain Reabfo why,' not-
withlianding all thefe Churches, they are no nearer
being reclaimed, Is this: They never come into a
Church ; perhaps not once in a Twelvemonth, perhaps
not for many Years together. Will you fay (as I have
known fome tender-hearted Chrifi.'a.) " Then it is
" their own Fault ; let them die and be damn'd." I
grant it is their awn Fault. And Co it was my Fault
and yuers, when -roi went allray, like Sheep that were
loft. Yet the Shephead of Souls fought after , sa. 'd
went after us into the Wildernefs. And oeghtefl met
theb to haw Cwupa is ma thy Fellowa frwanuts, as be
had Pity eo t hm Ought not we alfo to feei, as fax
as in us lies, and to fsw that wnicb is left ?
Behold the amazing Love of GOD to tae Outcafts
of Men ! His tender Coadefcenfon to their Folly ! .
They would regard nothing done is the qfd WaIFy.
All this was loft upon them. The ordinary Preacr-
ing of the Word of GOD, they would not even deign
to hear. So the Devil made fure of thefe carelfs
ones. For who shouldd pluck them our of his Hand I
Then GOD was moved to Jealoufy, and went oat
of the afial Yay to fave the Souls which he had
made. Theq over and above what was ordinarily
spoken in his Name, in all the Houfts of GOD in
the Land, he commanded a Voice to cry in the
Wildernef., Prepare ye the iWay of the Lard. The
Tire is fulfil'd. Tbe Kingdom of Heavs is at Hand.
'Repat ye and beliene the Gojptl.
4. Confider coolly, if it was not highly expedient,
that something of this kind should be? How expedient,
were it only on the Account of tholfe poor Sinners against
their own Souls, who (to all human Appearance) were
utterly inaccedible every other Way i And whatNam-
bers of thefe are Rill to be found, even in or near or
mo& populous Cities ? What Multiudes of them were
fime Years fince, both in Zigs-wood, and the Fl~ls

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about Newcaf lt? Who, tek' after Week, Fpent
.ire Lad's Day, either in the Ale-liosf, oft iidle Di-
t- . ffms, and never troubled themselves .abot-gping to
Chuich, or to any public Worthip at all?- Now,
would you really have defied that thefe poor Wretches.
should have fmnn'd on; till they dropt into Hell I Sun-
.ly you would not. Box by what other Means was it
pofible they lhuldihave been pluck'd out of the Fire ?
Had the Miaifter of the Parilh preach'd like an Angel,
it had proited them nothing i for they, heard him not.
But.when one came and faid, " Yonder is:a Alan
preaching on the Top of the Mountain," they ran in
Droves, to hear what he would fay. And Gon poke
to their Hearts. It is hard to conceive any thing elite
which could have reached them. Had k not been for
Fridprekebing, the Unaommonsiiefs. of which was. the
very Ciricumfanc that recommended it, they muiN
have run on in the Error of their Way, and perfh'd in
their Blood. .
24. But luppofe FiU-.preacring to be, in a Cafe of
this Kind, ever fo expedient, or even ntcejfry, yet
who will contest with as for ttis Pro ine ? May
,we not enjoy this quiet and unmolelled ? Unmolett-
ed, I mean, by any Competitors. For who is there
among you, Brethren, that is willing (examine your
own Hearts) even to fave Souls from Death at this
Price i Would not you let a thousand Souls perlh,,
rather than you would be the Inilrunient of refusing
them thus I do not fpeak now with regard to Con-
kience, but to the Inconveniences that mull accompany
it. Can you fullain them, if you weald? Can you
bear the Summer-Sun to beat upon your naked Head ?
. Cao you fu(fer the wintry Rain or Wind, from whatever
Quaner it blows ? Are you able to ftand in the ppen
Air, without any Covering or Defence, when GaoD
. . caleth abroad his Snow like Wooll, or (carteveth his
3 oar Froft like Athes? And yet thele are froe of the
rallcil Inconveniences which accompany Fudt fpracjh-
ing. Far beyond all thefe, are the Coanraditdiou of Sin-
ners, the Scuffs both of the Great Vulgar, and me
I ml,; Contempt and Reproach, of every kind ; ofir
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more than verbal Etoats, Itpid, brutal Violence,
foimetimes to the hatewdof Health, oa ,li1mb weLife'
Brethren, do you eay thiM isonar eWhat, I pray,
would byae to be.-aFiAomm4rerr? Or .what.Mthi mi
you, could induce any Man of common Senfe,: to con-
tinue therein one Year, unlefs he had a fHll Conviftida
in himnfelf, that it was the'Will of GOD concerning
him ?
Upon this Conviftion it is (were we to fubmit to
thefe Things on any other Motive whatfoever, it would
furnilh you with a better Proof of our DifraSims than
any that has yet been found) that we now do, for.the
Good of Souls, what you cannot, lwiU -not, dase not
do. And we defue not that you lhoald ; b this one
Thing, we may reasonably defire of you : Do not in-
creafe the Difficukies which are already fo great, that
without the mighty Power of GOD, we mnuf fink under
them. Do not affft in trampling down a little Handful
of Men, who for the present iand ii the Gap, between
ten thoufand poor Wretches and 'Defruftion, till you
.find fome others to take their Place.
zS. Highly needful it is, that fome lbould do this,
left thofe poor Souls be lolt without Remedy. And it
should rejoice the Hearts of all who defireilhe King-
dom of GOD should come, that fo many of them have
been fnatch'd already from the Mouth of the Lion, by an
uncommon (tho' not unlawful) Way. This CircumHiance
therefore is no juft Exegsie, for not acknowledging the
Work of GOD. Especially, if we consider, that when.
ever it has pleaded GOD to work any great Work upon
the Earth, even from the earliest Times, he hath lepr,
moreorlefs, out of the common Way: Whether to ex-
cite the Attention of a greater Number of Pcopfe, than
might otherwise have regarded it ; or to separate the
proud and haughty of Heart, from thofe of an humble,
childlike Spirit: The former- of whom. he forefaw,
trufting in their own Wifdom, would, fall on that Stone
and be broken ; while the latter, enquiring with Sim-
plicity, would foon know of the Work, that it was of
Goo.
z6. " Nay


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( 121 )
S26. "-Nay (fay fome) but GOD is a GOD of Mipdaom:
And it is his Work, to give Uno*rfanding. Whereas
this Man is one of them, and he.is a Fed. You fee
the Fruits of their Preacing." No, my Friend, youth
don't. That is your Miflake. -A Fool very poffiblyhe
may be. So it appears by his Talking, perhaps Writ-
ing too. Bat this is none of the Fruits of our Preach-
iag. He was a Fool, before ever he heard us. We
found and are likely to leave him fo. Therefore his
Folly is not to be imputed to us, even if it continue
to the Day of his Death. As we were not the Caufe,
fo we undertake not the Cure of Diforders of this
Kind. No fair Man therefore can excutfe himself thus,
from acknowledging the Work of GOD.
Perhaps you will fay, " He is not a Natural Fool
neither. But he is fo ignorant! He knows not the frit
Principles of Religion." It is very poffible. But have
. Patience with iim, and he will know them by and by.
Yea, if he be in earner to fave his Soul, far fooner
than you can conceive. And in the mean time, neither
is this'an Objection of any Weight. Many when they
begin to hear us, may, without any Fault of ours, be
utter Strangers to the whole of Religion. But this is
no incurable Difeafe. Yet a little while and they may
be wife unto Salvation.
Is the Ignorance you complain of among this People
(you who objeft to the Peopkl more than to their Teachers)
of another kind ? Don't they "know, how in Meekuefs
to reprove or infirua' thofe that oppose themselves I "
I believe what you ay : Many of them do not: They
have nut put on Geutlenefs and Long-fufferisg. I with
they had; Pray for them that they may; that they
may be mild and patient toward all Men. But what if
they are not ? Sure you do not make the's an Argument
that Go n hath not lent us ? Our L-rd Crene, and we
come, not to crcl -t6e Righteous, but Sinners to Rpen-
tv ,e : PalsTnate Sinner , (fuch as thefe whereof yot
c plaini) as well as thore of every other Kind. Nor
can it be enpeded they should be wholly delivered
fIom their Sta, as foon as they begin to Mwar his Word.
27. A greater Stmbling-block than this. is laid be-
foi e you, by thote that Jfv and ds not. Such I take it
L for


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f'r granted will be among us, altho* we purge them r
out as fall as we can: Perfoms that talk each of Reli-
gion, that commemdthu PIreaciem , perhaps are diligent
in hearing them: it may be) read all their-Books, and q
fing their Hymns and yet no .Changeis wrought in
their Hearts. Were they of old time as Lions in their
Houfes ? They are the fame fill. Were they (in low
Life) flothful or intemperate ? Wete they tricking or
difhoneft f over-reaching or oppreflive ? Or did they ufe
to borrow and not pay ? The Ethiopian bath not changed
his Skin. Were they (in high Life) delicate, tender,
felf-indulgent ? Were they nice in Furniture or Ap-
parel ?. Were they fond of Trifles, or of their own
dear Perfons I The 'Lespnsd hacb wt chagred her Spoai.
Yet their being with us for'a .Time proves no more,
than that we have not the miraculous Difcernment of
Spirits.
Others you may find in whom there was a real Change.
But it was only for a Seafbn. They are now turned
back, and are twofold more the Children of Hell than
before. Yet neither is this any manner of Proof that
the former Work was not of GOD. No, not tho'thefe
Apofltaes should , with the utmoll Confidence, fay 'all
manner of Evil againR us. I expect they fhouJd. For
every other Injury hath been forgiven, and'will be to
the End of the World. But hardly hall any ope for-
ive the intolerable Injury, of ale:.i periaaaing Ahim to
be a Cbhriflic. When thelfe Men therefore who were
with us, but went out from among as, affert Things
that may cafe your Ears to tingle, if you consider ei-
ther the Scripture, or the Nature of Man, it will not
fiagger you at all. MIich lefs will it excuse you, for
tnot acknowledging the Work in general to be of GOD.
a8; But to all this it may poffibly be replied, " When
you bring'your Credentials with you, when you prove
* by AUira/esa what you affert, then we will acknowledge
that GOD hath fen t you"
What is it you would have us pi-owe by 1Miracles ?
That the Doseines %we preach are true ? This is not
6te Way to prove tlihat: (as our firtl Re fo mrs replied
to thofe of the Church of Rome, who, you may pro-
bably reunmber, were continually urging them with
this ,









this very Demand.) We prove the Darians wq- pnaohby

What elfe visit then we are to prove by Mirat&s?.
Is it, i. That A. B. was for many Years without
S GOD in the World,ea common Swearer, a'Drankard,.a
Sabbath-breaker ?
Or, z. That he is not fo now? -
Or, 3. That he continued lo till he heard us preach,
and from that time was another Man ?
Not Co. The proper Way to prove thefe Faits, is
by the Tellimony of competent Witneffes : And hefe
Witnefres are ready, whenever required, to give full
* Es idence of them.
Or would you have us prove by Miracles,
4. That this was not done b our own Po-wer Holi-
S aetfs That GoD only is able to raife the Dead, thole
who are dead in Trefpaffes and Sins ? Nay, ift you
bear %ot liofes and the Propbetj and Apoilles on this
* Head, neither iti.,/d je believe though one ro.e f aM
te Dead.
It is therefore utterly unreasonable and abfurd, to
r require or.expet the Proof of A-tracles, in Quellion;
* of fuch a Kind, as are always decided, by Proofs of
i ate another Nature.
29. " But y)u relate them yourself." I relate Jutt
what I raw, from time to time : And this is true, that
fome of thofe Circumifances feem to go beyond the
f ordinary Courfe of Nature. But I do not peremptoci
ly determine, whether they were fupernatural, or no ?
Much lefs do I refl upon them, either the Proof of
other Fais, or of the Doeiriss which I preach. I prove
thefe in the ordinary Way ; the one by Teflimony, the
other by Scripture and Reafon.
" But if you can %%ork Ah/acles when you pleafe, is
nor this the furelt Way of proving them ? This would
put the Matter out of Difpute ac once, and faperfede
all other Proof."
You feem to lie under an entire Milhke, both as to
the Nature and Ufe of AMlraceis. It may reasonably
be quellion'd, whether there ever was that Man living
upon Earth,' except the Man ChriRl Jefus, tha ,coadd
1L a work







(124) 1
work Miracles 'wO s bh pleafed. Goo only 'wheir le
pl,'fed, exerted that- Power, and by whomifoever it
pieafed him.
But if a Man could work Miracles ',he he yl/efhl,
yetc here is noScripture-Authority, nor even Example
for doing it in order to fauisfy fuch a Demand at this.
I do not read, that either our Lord, or any of his
Apolles, wrought any Miracle on fach an Ocaffion.
Nay, how (harply does our Lord rebuke thofe who
m; de a Demand of this Kind I When certain of tie
Scri/es and of the Phari/ses atjvneFie.i, faying, A/lrjer,
*we 'woa .lfe fa Sgn from thee; (Lbferve, thii was their
Method of anwiering the throng Reafons whereby Le
had jufl proved the Works in quellion to be of GOD I )
tie wsiv.ered and f/id ta them, an nil and adl/terois
Gensmatis, .,eheltb ftrer a Sign. But there fall no Sign
begr.: tot, bat tl.heSign ofthe Prophet Jonas. Mlat. xii.38,
39. An e'ril and attleroas Gencratio ! Eife they would
nor have needed fuch a kind of Proof. Had they been
* willing to do his Will, they would, without this, have
known that the Doatrine was of Gon.
Mirae/es therefore are quite needles in fuch a Cafe.
Nor are they fo conclusive a Proof as ydu imagine. If
a Ahn could and did work them, in defence of any
D,: crine, yet this would not fprrf-der oer Pero. For
there may be rregas 4',aur, Ijing H'or.drs, Miracles
wrought in furport of Fallhood. Still therefore his
T)otmine would remain to be proved, from the proper
' opicks of Scripture and Reafon. And thefe even
without Miraeles are sufficient. But AMracles without
thefe are not. Accordingly our Saviour and all hii
Apoftlles, in the midil of their greatest Miracles, never
fad'd to prove every Doarine they taught by clear Scrip-
ture and cogent Reafon.
30. I prefume, by this Time you may perceive .the
grofs Abfurdity, of demanding AMiracles in the present
Cafe: Seeing one of the Propofitions in quellion,
(over and above our general Dodrines) viz. " That Sin-
ners'are reform'd," can only be proved byTellimony :
And the other, "This cannot be done but by the Power
of GOD," needs no Proof, being (elf-evident.
" Why









h yWh, i did once myflIf i' e tbh 4 (eat #e
Cliren-,.wirh an Air of great Imptraur) that t iy
Sinners were reform'd, till I found they w-re ohit turned
from one Wickednefs to another ; that they wat tunaM
from Curling or Swearing, or Drulkenhefs, hito the no
lefs damsable Sin of Scbhifm,"
* Do you know what you fay ? You have, I am afraid,
a confused Huddle of Ideas in your Head. And 1
doubt, ydu hatt not Capacity todear then upyourfelf:
nor Cool/e/s enough, to receive Help from bfhers.
However I will try. What is Schifm P Have you any
determinate Idea of it ? I ask the rather because I havy
found, by repeated-Experiments, that a Common En-
gl/i Tradenman receives no more Light, when he heart
or reads " This is Schifm," than if he heard of
brad
- Bombalio, flrider, 'clargor, taraeantara, marAvt.

Honeft Neighbour, don't be angry. Lay down your
Hammer, and let as talk a little on this Head.
You fay, " We are in the damnable Sin of Schir,
imnd therefore in-as bad a State as Adulterers or Mur-
derers.
I ask once more, what do you mean by Schrifm ?
, Schifm! Schifin! Why, it is feparating from the
Church." Ay, fo it is. And yet every feparating from
* the Church to which we once belonged, is not Schifm.
S Elfe you will make all the Ervg'yh to be Schifmaticks,
in separating from the Church of Rome. " But we had
juft Caufe.' So doubtlefs we had ; whereas Schilin is
i caufelefs Separation fonom the Church of Chrift. So
far fo good. Bur you ha% e many Steps to take, before
you can make good that Conclufion, that a Separation
from a particular .itiona. Church, futh as the Church
of England is, whether with fuffcient Caufe or without,
comes under the Scriptural Notion of Schin.
However, taking this for granted, will you aver in
cool Blood, That all who die in fuch a Separation, thac
is, every one who dies a Quaker, a Eaptift, an Indepen-
dent or a Prefbyterian, is as infallibly dama'd as if he
L 3 died








4.died in the Ait 'of Murder or Adultery i Surely you j
Start at the Thought! (ct make even Nature recoil.
How then can you reconcile it to the Love that hopth
&U Thigi ?
31. Bat whatever State they are in, who cawfelajily
feparate from the Church of Erglard, it affects not thole
of whom -we are (peaking ; for they do not fparate
from it at all.
You may eafily be convinced of this, if you will
only weigh the Particulars following.

i. A great Part of theft, went to no Church at all,
before they heard unpreach. They no more pretended
to belong to the Church of England, than to the Church
of Mufovy. If therefore they went to as Church now,
they would be no farther from the Church than they
were before.
2. Thofe who did featimts go to Church before, go
three times as often now. Thefe therefore do not fepa-
rate from the Church. Nay, they are united to it more
clofely than ever.
3. Thofe who never went to Church at all before, to
go now at all Oportundties. Will common Set fe
allow any one to fiy, that thefe are .iparated from the
Chard ?
4. The main Queftion is, Are they turn'd from doing
the Works of the Devil, to do the Works of GOD ?
XDo they now live foberly, righteously and godly, in
the prefent World ? If they do, if they live accord-
iqg to the DretSiAns of the Church, believe her Dec-
trines, and join in her Ordinances : With what Face
can you fay, that thefe Men separate from the Chuich
of E'vgLna ?
32. But in what State are they whom the Cler-
gy and Gent.y (and perhaps you for one) have fuc-
cefifully hibouied to preferve from this damnable Sin
of S.i. .s ? Whom you have kept from hearing thefe
AlMen, and jiparatiig from the Church
Is not the Drunkard that was, -a Drunkard fill ?
Enquire of his poor Wife and Family. Is not the
common Swearer fill horribly crying to GOD for
Damnation









Damnation upon his own Soul ? I not the Siener in
every other Kind. exacfly the fame Man Aill I No
better at leaft, if he be not wore, than he was ten
Years ago ?
. Now consider, i. Does the Church of England gain
either Honour, or. Strength, or Bleling, by Luch
Wretches as thee calling themselves her Members ? By
Ten thousand Drunkards, or,Whoremongers, or Conm-
mon Swearers ? Nay, ought (he not immediately to
'fpew them out ? -To renounce all Fellowtfip with
them ! Woulddhe not be far better without.them than
with them ? Let any Man of Reafon judge.
z. Is this Drunkard's calling himself of the Church
of England, of any more Ufe to him. than to the
-Church? Will this fave him from Hell, if he die is
his Sin ? Will it not rather increase his Damnation I -
3. Is not a Drunkard of any other Church, jull as
good as a Drunkard of the Church of England? Yea,-
is not a drunken Papijl as much in the Favour of
GoD, as a drunken Protejlant ?
4. Is not a curling, wearing TarS, (if there be fuch
an one to be found) full as acceptable to GOD, as a
Curling. wearing Chritdiu ?
Nay, 5. If there be any Advantage, does it not lie
on the Side of the former? Is he not the lets inex-
cufable of the two ? As finning aganill lefs Light ?
0 why will you fink thefe poor Souls deeper into
Perdition, than they are funk already ? Why s, ill you
prophefy unto them Peace, Peace ; when there s. no
Peace ? Why, if you do it not yourflf (% hethcr you
cannot, or will not, GOD knoweth) should you hin-
der us from guiding thim into the Ila) of Peace P
33. Will you endeavour to excwf % ourfelf by saying,
" There are not many who are the better for your
" Preaching : And thefe by and by will be as bad as
" ever ; as fuch and fuch an ope is already !"
I would to Gon I could fet this in a jull Light I
But I cannot. All Language fails.
Gon begins a glorious Work in our Land. You fet
yourfelfagainlt it with all your Might; to present
its beginning where it does not yet appear, and to
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deftrOy it where-ever ft does. In Patt you prevail.
You'keep many from hearing the Word that is able to
fave their Souls. Others-who had heard it, you indute
to turn back from GOD, add to lift under 'the -Devil's
Banner again. Then you make the Suceee of your
own Wickednefs an Excxfe for not acknowledging the
Work of GOD! Yon urge " That not mavy Sinners
' wee'reform'd! And rhatftoe of thofe are now as
" bad as ever! "
Whoee Fault is this ? Is it ours ? Or your own ?
Why have not Thoufands more been reformed ? Yea,
for every one who is now turned to Go D, why are
there not Ten thousand ? Becate you and your Affo-
ciates laboured to heartily in the Caufe of Hell i be-
ncaife you and they fpared no Pains, either to prevent
or to defiroy the Work of GOD? By ufing all the
Power.and Wifdom jou had, you hinder'd "1 houlands
from hearing the Go(pel, which they might have
. found to be the Power of GOD unto Salvation. Their
Bleod is upon our Heads. By inventing, or counte-
nancing, or retailing Lies, fome refined, fame grofs and
palpable, you hinder'd others from profiting by what
they did hear. f7u are anfwerable to GOD for there
Souls alfo. Many who began to tafle the good Word,
and run the %\ ay of God's Commandments, you by
various Merhods prevailed on to hear it no more. So
they foon drew back to Perdition. But know, that
for every one of thele alfo, GOD will require an Ac-
count of vau in the Day of Judgment !
34 And yet, in fpite of all the Malice, and Wif-
dom and Strength, not only of Men, but of Principa-
lities and Powers, of the Ruli, of the Darketrl of this
Wf'orLt, of the .wicked Spirits in 1ig Placts; there are
Thousands found, who are turn'd from dumb Idols, to
rev he the living and true GOD. What a Harvefi
then night we have feen before now, if all who fay,
they are en tke Lord' Side, had come, as in all rea-
fon they ought, tf the Help of the Lord againft the M gb-
ity ? Yea, had they only nst oppofed the Work of Gon,
had they only re/faimed/f.om his Meflengers,. might not
the Trumpet of Goa have been heard long fince in
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every Corner of our Land ? And Thoufands of Sinners
in every County been brought tofe.r GOD and .honur
the Ki"g.
-Judge of what immenfe Service we might have
been, even in this single Point, both to our King and
Country. Atl who hear and regard the Word we
preach, honour the King for GOD's f-ke. 'I hey refn,er
anto Cefar the 'Things tat ore Ce.'.fir's, as well as
unto GOD the Things that are GOD's. They have-
no Conception of Piety without Losd/ty ; knowing the
Pairers that be, arc ordtune./ f GOD. I pray GOD
to flrengthen all chat are of this Mind, how many ib-
ever they be. But might there not have been at this
Day, an Hundred thousand in England, thus minded
more than are now ? Yea verily ; even by out Mini-
Itry ; had not they who should have flrengthened us,
weakened our Hand,.
3F. Surely you are not wife ! What Advantages do
you throw away ! What Opportunities do you lofe ?
Such as another Day you may earnefily feek, and ne.
verthelefs may not find them. For if it pleafe GOD
to remove us, whom will you find to fupply our Place ?
We are in all things your Servants for 7Jefus /.ie �
tho' the more we love pou, the lefs we are loved. Let
us be employed not in the highest, but the meanefl �
and nor :n the eafiell, but the hottcll Service. Ealfe
and Plenty we leave to rhofe that want them. Let
as go on in Toil, in Weannefs, in Painfulr-"fs, in Cold
or Hunger, fo we may but tcLtliy the Gofpel of the
Grace of GOD. The Rich, the Honourable, the Great,
we are thoroughly willing (if it be the Will of our
Lord) to leave to yva. Only let us alone with the
Poor, the Vulgar, the Bafe, the Outcail, of Men.
Taxe alfo to yourfelves the Saints of the 10ori /: But
suffer us to cal Sinners to Repentanci ; even the muft
vile, the moil ignorant, the moll abandoned, the molt
fierce and favage of whom we can hear. To ihefe we
will go forth in the. Name of our Lord, defining no-
thing, receiving nothing of any Man (fare the Bread
we eat, while we are under his Roof) and let it be
feen, whether GOD hath fent us. Only, let not yoAr
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Hands, who fear the Lord, be upon us. Why Thould
we be dricken of you any more ?

IV. i. Surely ye are without Exeufr, all who do
not yet know the Day of your Vifitation ! The Day,
wherein the Great GOD, who hath been forgotten
ami ng us, Days without Number, is arifing at once
to be avenged of hii Adverfaries, and to vifit and re-
deem his People. Are not his Judgments and Mer-
cies both abroad ? And fill, will ye not learn Righ-
teoufnefl? Is not tl-e Lardpaffng by ? Doth not great
and flrong lf'i, already begin to rend the Mountanis,
and to bre., iv Pieces the Rocks before the Lord? Is
r.ot the Eartyuaike alfo felt already I And a /are hath i
begun to burn in his Anger. Who knoweth what will
be the End thereof? But at the fame Time, he is fpeak-
ing to many in af/ii/I, finell loiee. He that hath Ears
to hear, let him hear, left he be suddenly deltroy'd,
and that without Remedy I
a. What Excufecan poffibly be made for tholfe, who
are regardleJs of fI'ch a Seafon as this P Who ate at fuch
a Crifis, flupid, fenfelefs, unapprehenfive ; caring for
none of there things ? Who do not give themselves
the Pains to tIink about them, b-t are ilill e-, and
auniconcrndP? What! can there ever. be a Point, on
; which it more behoves you to t.,nk And that with
the coolell and deepell Artent:o- ? As long as the
Heaven and the Earth remain, can there be any thing
of fo vaft Importance, as GOD', Lal Call to a guilty
Lind, jull perishing in its Iniquity !
You, with thofe round about you, deserved. long
ago to have daik Ath Dreg fI t �e Lap of Tremb,'ing :
yea, to have been panJi'//a vswtb, cri:a'lng Delrua-
tiov. from t'.5- Pre' 'r of" te oriJ, and from t,'e Giary
of lis Pawer. But he hath not dealt with you ac-
cording to your bios, nor rewarded you after your
Iniquitie-. And once more he is mixing Mercy with
Judgment. Once more he is crying aloud, Turn ye,
turner ; fr ye dom our fvol -Fy 1 far ;or ,villI ye die,
0 Hoauie of Ifrael ? And will you not deign to give him
the Hearing ? If you are not careful to answer him








in this Matter. Do you fill (hut your Eyes, and flop
your Bars, and harden your flubborn Heart ? 0 be-
wire, left GOD laugh at your Calamity, and mrck
Wven your Fear eometh !
3. Will you plead, that you have other Concerns
to mind ? ThIt other Bufinefs engages your Thoughts I
It does fo indeed ; but this is your Foolifhnefs ; thii
is the very thing that leaves you without Excule.
For what Bufinefs can be of equal Moment ? The Ma-
riner may have many Concerns to mind, and many
Bufineffes to engage his Thoughts: but not when the
Ship is finking. In fuch a Circumfiance (it is your
own) you have but one thing to think of. Save the
Ship and your own Life together ! And the higher Poll
you are in, the more.deeply intent should you be on
this one Point. Is this a Time for Diverfions ? For
Eating and Drinking, and riling up to play ? Keep
the Ship above Water. Let all elfe go, and mind this
one thing
4 Perhaps you will fay, " So I do. I do mind
" this one thing, how to fave the linking Nation.
" And therefore now I mufl think of A.rms and Proa-i-
" floms. I have no Time now to think of Religion."
This is exaflly as if the Mariner should fay, " Now
" I muft think of my G,.ns and Stores I have no
" Time now to think of the Hold." Why, Man,
you mufft think of this or perifh. It is thire the Leak
is fprung. Stop that, or you and all )our Stores will
go together to the Bottom of the Sea.
L not this your very Cafe ? Then, whatever you
do, flop t.e Leal : Elfe you go to the Bottom ! I do
not fpeak againll your Stais. They are good in
their Kind: and it may be well they are laid in.
But all your Stcres %sill not fave the linking Ship, un-
letf you can flop the Le,k.. Unlefli ou can fome
way keep out there F.T.is of UgrLc./neui, that are
Ihll continually pouring in, you mull boun be (sval-
- lowed up in the great Deep. in the Abyfi of GOD's
Judgments. Thr', thi. is the DeflruCtion of the Ers-
gii./ Nation. It is F:'re, burbling in on every Side, that
is jull ready) to fink us, into slavery irlt, and then
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into the nethermoft Hell. Who is a wi4i Man, and
ended with Knowledge among you ? Let him think of
this. Think of this, all that love your Country,, or
that care for 'your own Souls. If now efpecially you
do not think of this one Thing, you have ho ,Exai.'f
before GOD or Man.
s. Little more Excufe have you, who are ftill in
doabt concerning this Day of your Vifitation. For you
have all the Proof that you can reafonably expe& or
desire, all that the Nature of the Thing requires.
That in many Places, Abundance of notorious Sinners
are totally reformed, is declared by a thoufand Eye
and Ear-witneffes, both of their present and paft Be-
haviour. And you are fenfible, the Proof of fuch a
Point as this, mull, in the Nature of Things, reft upon
Teftimony. And that GoD alone is able to work
fuch a Reformation, you know all the Scriptures teftify.
What would you have more ? What Pretence can you
have, for doubting any longer ? You have not the
leatl room to expect or defire any other, or any firon-
get Evidence.
I truft, you are not of thofe who fortify themselves
againll Conviction ; who are, "' reto'ved they will never
" believe thiS." They ask, " Who are thefe Men ?"
We tell them plainly : But they credit us not. An-
other and another of their own Friends is convinced,
and tell them the f(me thing. But their Anfwer is
ready, " Arej'oo turn'd Methodift too ? " So their
Telimony likewife goes for nothing. Now how is
it poffible the should ever be convinced ? For they
will believe none but thofe who peak on one Side.
6'. Do you delay fixing your Judgment, till you fee
a Woik of Goo, without any Stumbling blocks at-
tending it ? That never \asi yet, nor ever will. It
m:.ta n:c.is e, ihat OQT'rs wdil! come. And (carce
e, tr uas there fueh a Work of GOD before, with
lo few as have attended this.
%'hen the Relfrma.tian began, what mountainous
OffTnces lay in the Way, of esen the fincere Mem-
ber.. of the Church of Ro.e ? They faw fac. Failings
in thote great Mun, LIti.r and C.Jvin! Their vehe-
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AMt Twnriemfusfi of their own Opinions their &ihfrn
nfs. toward all who difir'd from thent their m pa-
ieare of Contradiftion, and utter Want of Far4araace,
sven with their own Brethren.
But the grand Stumbling block of all, was, their
open awawed Separation from the Church j their re-
jeting .fo many of the Doearinae and Pradices which
the others accpuated the moAl fared ; and their con-
tinual Inwaivem agapAn che Church they feparated
from, fe auch flwper than Michae's Reproof of
Satan.
Were there fewer Stumbling-blocks attending the
Refarmativn. in England ? Surely no. For what was
Hewry the Eighth ? Consider, either his Charader, his
MAltiue a to the Work, or his Manner of pursuing it I
And even Kiag Sdward's Mimifry we cannot clear, of
rjecutizg in their Turns, yea and burvaig Hirntifs.
The main Stumbling alfo fill remained, wiz. open Se-
paraties from the Church.
7. Full as many were the Offences that lay in the
Way of even the fmicere Members of the Church of
Eaglaad, when the People called ZQua trs firlt pro-
feffed, that they were fent of GoD to reform the
Land. Whether they were or no, is beside our Qe-
flion: It fuffices for the present Purpofe to obferve.
that over and above their open, avowed, total Separa-
tian from the Church, and their vehement Iwvadives
againli many of her Dofriasn, and the whole Frame
of her Difciphne: They (pent their main Strength in
difpating about Opiiwns and Extemc.rl, rather tLun in
preachingFaith, Mercy, and the Love of Gon.
In thefe Reflth, the Cafe was nearly the fame
when the Baptif; firft appeared in England. They
immediately commenced a warm Difpure, not concern-
ing the atals of Chrillianity, but concerning the Maar-
strand Time of adminirlhing one of the External Or-
Anancte of it. And as their Opinio. hereof totally
differed from that of all the other Members of the
Church of England, fo they foon openly declared their
Separation from it, not without fharp Csnjiru of thofe
(hat conuamed th cin.
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".%oThe fameOceistUffOfence was, inafimater
Dgree, givps by t-h. Prit a , it In.A- I ,,,sh ,,:
For they alfo fpa11 a-r 4 halr Time and,
Strength, in .opcof4ing d _e e tly'toSMdiQi*:iwsr
conceremig .me' * dP "; hbi&fiefttliin ;
and for the fa;e f fflre,.brhv d f ai Maw rch-ar:
i 't I do rinot iifdad thf" etnetable Man,: Mr. �Pkh .
UR,vy, nor any Fhat'were of his Spirit, in 'this Nunm-
ber. I know they abhorred cosnending about EBxtr-
>.a's. Neither did they frparate thew#fAee from the
Church. They continued therein, till they were dri-
ien our, Whether they would or n". I .cannot'but
teinerly .fy.tpitchize with thefe .a&d lhe mone, be-
6afe this is, h part, et-' owab, CAilt -' FWari .Mi
fp-re no Pains ht this very Day, tY.6w he 9k stoofthe
Church. The' cry out to the People, where',ver one
of us comes, " A Mad Dog, a Mad Dog! " If haply
%se might fly for our Lives, as many have done be-
fore us. And fure it is, we should have complied with
their Defire, we should merely for Peace and Quiet-
sel's have left the Church long -before anow, butnthat
we could not in Confcience do it. And -it is on -tbk
Single Motive, it is for Confcience fake that we till
continue therein ; and (hall continue (Go -being our
Helper) unlefs they by Violence thrull us out.
9. But to return. What are the Stumbling-blocks
in the prefent Cafe, compared to thofe i6 any of the
preceding ?
We do not difpute concerning any of the Externals
or C.rcuftaar.tia/ of Religion. There is no room ; for
we agree with you therein. We approve of, and ad-
here to them all: All that "we learned together when
we were Children, in our Cate, ifm and Commoui- Prayer
Rooi. We were born and bred up in your own Church,
and defire to die therein. We always were, and are
how, zealous for tke Church; only not with a blind,
angry Zeal. We hold, and ever have done, the fame
Opnions, which you and we received from our Fore-
fathers. Boc we do not lay the main Stre'h of our
Religion on any Opivnine, right or wrong :- Neither do
we ever begin, or willini y join in any Dijute concern-
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ing: them. The Weight of a RKeli m we .appre-
head, reA s pn Holiness of Heart and f. And con--
feqiuenly, wherever we come, we prefs this with all
-t our Might. How wide then is the Difference between
our Cafe and the Cafe of any of thofe that are
above-montian'd Ir :They a'ou'wea,/fiparated from the
Chatuc: We' lctely.-/'uou any fuch Defign. They
f&Vescy,an-,. alarct .contionally. inveighed againll the
JkVrfW.' and- D#.ipija of the Church they kft. \Ve
approve both the Dofarines and Di'rip,'ine of our
o Church, and inveigh only against L'Uvgdhneii and Ut-
righte.-,o&'e-'. They fpent great Part of their Time
and Strength i- contending about Extirn.-I and Gr-
Srurmfliruija.. We agree %;rh you in both ; fo the.
havuig no cogm to Ipend any Time in fich vain Co.irn-
tina, We hive.nar Defire.of pending and being fpent, 14
p tmoting plain, PrawecalP.,igiox. How man-y Stum-
S bKlngbleeks are removed out of your Way ? %Why do
nor yni acknowledge the Work o f GOD?
so. If you fay, " Becaufe you hold Opiirt s which
" flcannot belie'.e are true: ' I anfwer, Believe them
true or falfe ; I will not quarrel wnh 1 ou about any
Opinion. Only fee that your Hearc be. right toward
GOD, that :-ou kinw and love the Lord Jcius Chrill ;
that you love yovr Neighbour, and sialk a. your M.if-
ter t walked , and I defre no more. I am lick of O/-
mans: I am weary to bear them : My- Soul loaths
this troh',' Food. Give me folid and flillartial Re-
ligion. Give me an humble, gentle Lover of GOD
arnd Man ; a Man fiill of Mercy and good Fruits,
without Partialiry, and without Hypocrfy : A Man
laying hinifelf out in the Work of Fanh, the Patience
of Hope, the Laboer uf Love. L:t my Soul be %ith
theie Lhritlians, whercloever they are, and whatfo-
ever Optoinr they are of. H'bojbeoe, thus i.tb the.
;hi'l ofr y F.t -er sich is in Hea-vent, it'. fame is my
Broathe-,. .l Szfi.r, a/, iioitbr.
I .. Jnexcfiiably infatuated mull you be, if you can
evenmnAtk sYheiher the Propagation of this Religion be
of G ,l,.! Only more inexcusable are thofe unhappy
iMe.n "ho cpf-;, c,.a',./.?, and t.,bqrri, it.
M a How









Now long wil y yo u r Ears againft-him, that
oill ciieth, ("by perfecurefi thau me? It ;s had far tha
re dti agan.vf the Pricks i for a Man to t ertand -im is
fila/ir. How long will you defpife the well known .
Advice of a great and learned Man, Refrain from tkhef
ANI, aad. let then alone. If t .i Work he of Aa, it f
'iw'/ .-aJ to nowoht. But if it be of GOD, ye ran ,:
ntnbrthrow it. And why shouldd you be fo9nd &eIn to
Jfigb again/i GOD? If a Man fight with GOD, hall
he prevail ? Canfl tho tv:tder wabt a Voice hir him P
Make halle. Fall dowpr. Humble thyfelf before him:
Ldfl he put forth his Hand, and thou perifh I
iT . How lorg will you fight under the Banner of the
great Enemy of GOD and Man? You are now in his
service : You are taking part ,with t4t Dtnl against
GOD. Even fuppofing there were no other Proof, this
would undeniably appear, from the goodly Company
among whom you are enlisted, and who war one and
the fame Warfare. I have heard fome affirm, that the
inqfl bitter Enemies to the present Work of GOD;. were
Phariuks. They meant, Men who had the Form of
Codlinefs, but denied the Pover of it. Bat I cannot
�iv fo. 1 he tharpefl Adverfaries thereof whom I have
hitherto krinown (unlefs one might except a few honour-
able Men, -hom I may be excufed from naming) were
the Scum of Cora'w./, the Rabble of Bi//llo and
Dar/flion ; the wild BeaDs of Wa/fal, and the Turn-
keys of Nesigate.
13. Might not the very Sight of there Troops, fhew
any reasonable Man, to what General they belonged ?
As well as the Weapons they never fall to ute ; the molt
horrid Oatns and Exerrati.,ns. and lawlefs Violence, carry-
ing away as.a Flood whatsoever it Is which hands before
it: Having no Eyes, nor Ears, no Regard to the loadell
Cries of Reafon, Juflice or Humanity. Can you join
Heart or Hands with thefe any longer I With fuch an
infamous, fcandalous Rabble-rout, roaring and raging,
as if they were juft broke loofe. with their Captain
4&pol/yn, from the bottomless Pit ? Does it not rather
concern you, and that ina he highest Degree, as well as
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every Friend to his King and Country, every Lover of
Peace, Jufaice and Mercy, immediately to join and flop
any fuch godlefs Crew, as they would join to flop a
Fire juft beginning to spread, or an landation of the
Sea ?
14. If, on the contrary, you join with that godlefs
Crew, and- strengthen their Hands in their Wickednefs,
maa not you, in all Reafon, be accounted, (like them)
apublii �Enemy of Mandmnd? And indeed fuch muft
every one appear, in the Eye of unprejudiced Reafon,
who oppofes, direly or indirectly, the Reformation of
Mankind. By Reformation I mean, the bringing
them back (not to this or that Syllem of Opinions, or to
this or that Sett of Rites and Ceremonies, how decent
and figailicant foever: but) to the calm Love of GOD
and one. anr,,her, to an uniform Praclice of Juitice,
Mercy and Truth. With what Colour can you lay any
Claim to Humanity, to Benevolence, to public Spirit,
if you can once open your Mouth, or Air one Finger,
against fuch a Reformation as this ?
'Tis a poor Excufe to fay, " 0, but the People are
brought into several erroneous Opinions." It matters
not a Straw, whether they are or no ; (I (peak of fuch
Opinions as do not touch the Foundation). 'tis fcarce
worth while to (pend ten Words about it. Whether
they embrace this religious Opinion or that, is no more
Concern to me, than whether they embrace this or that
Syftem of Ajfronomny. Are they brought to holy Ter-
pers and holy Lives P This is mine, and Ihould be your
Enquiry : fince on this both focial and personal Happi-
nefs depend ; Happinefs, tempoial and eternal. Are
they brought to the Love of GOD and the Love of
their Neighbour ? Pure Religion and undefiled is this.
How long then will you darien Council, by Words withA-
out Knowledge ? The plain Religion now propagated is
Love. And can you oppofe thij, without being an
E�em.y to Mankind P
aS. No; nor without being an Enemy to your KiVg
and Co'ntry : Efpecially at fuch a Time as this. For
honcver Men of no Thought may not fee or regard it,
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or Ohetoring Coward. may bnve it out, it is evident
to every "Man of caltm Reeftleion, that our' Nation
lands on the very brink of Dellruaian. MAd why are
we rhus, but because the Crp-sf er ftVkeurtfs is o ws
up to Hea-ven ? Because we hase to exceediftgly, tABan.-
dandy, beyond Mesfaire, toruprvedour IFA ef there Ite
Lord. And beaiufe to all our other Abominantons wv
have added, the open fighting agiinll GOD; the not
only rejel ing, but hven denying, yea, blaspheming his
lait Offers of Mercy : the hindering others who were
defirous to clofe therewith ; the detpitefully uahg his
Melefnger', ,nd the varioufly troubling and opprefing
thole who d,d accept of his Grace, break sof this
Sin*, and turn to him with their whole Heart.-
16. I cannot bht believe, it isc.hi'f on thi. Accoumne,
that GOD hath now .a Cotion'roriy *vi'' our Lan d.
And mull not any confederate Mao be inclined to.forrm
the fame Judgment, if he reviews the State of psblick
.ffir., for only a few Years lait palt ? I will not enrte
into Particulars. But, in general, canyou'poffibly help
observing, that whenever there has beta any thinglike
a pubckd A e.-r, to fapprefs this new, Sa ifbir fi it
was arrfully 'reprel'entedl another and a-iotherpualli *
Trouble arure. I his has been repeated t. often, thax
it is furprizing any Man ofSenfe can avoid tki;ng n.itice
of it. hliy we turc at length to hi'. t'..-t n . b ,s,
hearsg the Rod a.t. him ha : te appointetr' it 1 .lay a.e,
/in1bi/e our',klvee zia'er the ..rv 1. i.n,i of GOD, before
the great Deep Iwallow us up !
17. jull now, 'via. on the 4th of thi. inllant Decem-
hbe, the Reverend Mr. Henf;' lv , i "n, one ofr" his Ma-
jelly's Juiices of Peace for the Wedi-Riding of fl.,te *e,
writes an Order
'To the Conflable of Kg.e,., commanding him, " to
convey the Body of J., th,,n R'e-., whoie ental
Crime iq, the calling Sinners io Repnm since) to his
Al jell ' Go land L alle ofa-f .: bulpetted lfaith'tho
Precept) of being a Spy among us. and a d mngaou
Man to the Peion and Government of hi M',jeclt king
George,"
GOD







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GOD avert the Omen! I fear this is no Prefage
either of the Repentance or Deliverance of our poor
Nation !
18. If we will not turn and repent, if we will harden
our Hearts, and acknowledge neither his Judgments nor
Mercies ; what remains but the fulfilling of that dread-
ful Word, which GOD fpake by the Prophet Ex.zi.(l-:
Son cf Alan, when t&e Land finnib againjl me, by tref-
agffing grievoufjy ; then will I firthb ftrth my Hfind up-
on it, andbreak the Staff of the Bread thereof.-Th'ough
the/le th-ree Men, Noah, Daniel and Job, 'were in it, they
fbodi Jdi-ver but their ovn Soidi. Or if lbr.nig a Sc.rid
upas th1,t La .d, and f.ly, " SvorJ, go tlro' t,, Lrnd --
O, t" 1 tInd a Pe/ilne into that Land, andpour out my
Fary upon it in B,'od: :-Tbough Noah, Daniel and Job
were in t, as 1 hlve, faitb the Lord GOD, they jbfall ae-
lher, neither Sjn nor Daughter; ther/hall but deliver their
@own Souls by their Rightmoufiefsi, Chap. xiv. ver. i3, 14,
17. 19, 20.
aet be/iol.i, therein hall be left a Pennant, t.',t' I-i
S e i'ought ofrth, bA/b Sons an.in. Da.gytrs.-_dn.iv ,Ut.//
ib caofortdiconcerniing the Evil that I ha-ve baugt t u.p:
Jeruialem-.4ndyejybal/ kno-v th.it I have n.:t d.:n .- t iib-
out Catl', all that I bavi de-e in it, jJ.,ilt the Lord GOD.
Ver. 22, 23.

London, Dec. 18,
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