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concerning this misapprehended controversy ; showing them the true parties in this unleasona. ble Plea ; and because B. Overall went a mid. way, betwixt the two opinions which he held extream, and must needs therefore somewhat differ from the commonly-received tenet in these points, I gathered out of B. Overall on the one side, and out of our English Divines at Dort on the other, such common propo. fitions concerning these five busy Articles, as wherein both of them are fully agreed ; All which being put together, seemed unto me to make up fo sufficient a body of accorded Truth, that all other questions moved here abouts, appeared merely superfluous, and every moderate Christian, might find where to rest himself, without hazard of Contradi&tion : These I made bold by the hands of Dr. Young the worthy Dean of Winchester, to present to his Excel. lent Majesty, together with a humble motion, of a peaceable filence to be injoynd to both parts, in those other collaterall

, and needlesse disquisitions : which if they might befit the Schools of Academicall disputants, could not certainly found well from the Pulpits of popu. lar Auditories : Those reconciliatory papers fell under the eyes of some Grave Divines on both parts, Mr. Montague protested that he had seen them, and would subscribe to them very wil.

lingly ; others that were contrarily minded, both English, Scotish, and French Divines, profered their hands to a no less ready subscription; So as much peace promised to result, out of that weak and poor enterprise, had not the confused noise of the misconstru&ions of those, who never saw the work, ( crying it down for the very Names fake ) meeting with the royall edićt of a general Inhibition, buryed it in a secure Silence. I was scorched a little with this flame, which I desired to Quench; yet this could not stay my hand from thrusting it felf, into an hotter fire.

Some insolent Romanists (Jesuites especially ) in their bold disputacions ( which in the time of the treaty of the Spanish Match, and the calme of that Relaxation were very frequent,) pressed nothing so much, as a Catalogue of the Professor's of our Religion to be deduced from the primitive times, and with the peremptory challenge of the impossibility of this Pedigree dazeled the eyes of the simple ; whiles some of our learned men, undertaking to satisfy so needless and unjust a demand, gave, as I conceived, great advantage to the Adversary; In a just Indignation to see us thus wrongd by mis stateing the Question betwixt us, as if we, yielding our felves of an other Church, Originally and fundamentally different, should make good our own erection

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upon the Ruines, yea, the. Nullity of theirs, and well considering the Infinite and great inconveniences, that must needs follow upon this defence, I adventured to set my pen on work; defiring to rectifie the Opinions of those men, whom an ignorant zeal bad transported, to the prejudice of our holy Cause, laying forth the Damnable corruptions of the Roman Church, yet making our game of the outward visibility thereof, and by this means putting them to the probation, of those newly obtruded corruptions which are truly guilty of the breach betwixt us; The drift whereof, being not well conceived, by some spirits, that were not so wise as fervent, I was suddenly exposed to the rash censures of many well affected and zealous Protestants, as if I had in a Remillion to my wonted zeal to the Truth attributed too much to the Roman Church, and strengthned the adversaries hands and weakned our own; This envy I was fain to take off

by my speedy Apologeticall_advertisment, and B. Mor- after that by my Reconciler, seconded with the

unaminous Letters of such Reverend, Learned,

four:d Divines, both Bishops and Do&ors, as Dr. Pri- whose undoubtable authority, was able to bear

down calumny it self; which done I did by a rose. seasonable moderation provide for the Peace of

the Church, in silencing both mý defendants and

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Immediately before the Publishing of this Tractate, (which did not a little aggravate, the envy and suspicion ) I was by his Majesty raised to the Bisho. prick of Exceter,having formerly (with much hum. ble Deprecation ) refused the See of Glocefter earnestly proffered unto me ; How beyond all expe&tation it pleased God to place me in that Western charge;which(if the Duke of Buckinghams Letters, he being then in France, had arived but some hours. sooner ) I had been defeated of; and by what strange means it pleased God to make up the Competency of that provifion, by the unthought of addition of the Re&ory of St. Breok within that Diocess, if I should fully relate, the Circumstances, would force the Confession of an extraordinary hand of God in the disposing of those events; I entred upon that place, not without much prejudice and suspici. on on some hands; for some that fate at the fterne. of the Church, had ine in great Jelouse for too much favour of Puritanisme; I soon had intelligence who were set over me for espialls; my ways were Curi.. ously observed, and scanned; However I took the resolution to follow those courses which might most conduce to the Peace and happiness

of my New and weighty charge ; finding therefore some fađious fpirits very busie in that Diocess, I used all fair and gentle means to win them to good order; and therein so happily prevailed, that saving two of that numerous Clergy, who continuing in their refractori. F

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ness fled away from censure, ) they were all perfidy reclaimed; so as I had not one Minister protefredly opposite to the anciently received orders ( for I was never guilty of urging any new Impofitions) of the Church in that large Diocess; Thus we went on comfortably together, till some persons of note in the Clergy, being guilty of their own negligence and disorderly courses, began to envy our success; and finding me ever ready to encourage those whom I found conscionably forward, and painfull in their places, and willingly giving way to Orthodox and peaceablc Lectures in severall parts of my Diocess, opened their mouths against me, both obliquely in the Pulpit, and direly

at the Court; complaining of my too much Indulgence to persons disaffected, and my too much liberty of frequent Lecurings within my charge. The billowes went so high, that I was three severall times upon my knee to his Majesty, to answer these great Criminations, and what Contestation I had with some great Lords concerning these particulars, it would be too long to report; only this; under how dark a Cloud I was hereupon, I was so sensible, that I plainly told the Lord Archbishop of Canter. that rather then I would be obnoxi. ons to those slanderous tongues of his misinformers, I would cast up my Rochet ; I knew I went right wayes, and would not endure to live under undeferved suspicions ; what messages of caution I had from some of my wary Brethren, and what expoftulatory

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