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conftancy; but, as the faithful ancients did of old, through deserts, wildernesses, and solitary places, goat-skins, and sheep-skins, endure all torments, and bitter mockings, in this earthly pilgrimage, for the inheritance which is everlasting ; so, my dear friends, let us do, as we have them for our example. However, let us be careful to fhew all due respect to our relations, not to be exalted, nor any ways unruly, left there be just cause taken against us, and the blessed truth should suffer : but in the still, retired, holy, and patient life, this pure eternal principle of light and truth (as seriously and diligently waited on) certainly brings into, let us all wait and abide ; so shall we feel the powerful operation of God's Holy Spirit, to the more complete redeeming of our exercised fouls from under the dominion of sin, and to the giving all of us a clearer understanding, and founder judgment, of those things that are to be parted from, (as the pleasures, cares, and customs of the world, that stand in the fallen nature, and only nourish the same, but crucify the selfdenying Lord of glory) and of the things of God, and his spiritual kingdom, which are to be adhered to; that in his pure wisdom, which is from above, we may be all kept and preserved over all the snares and temptations of the adversary, both on the right hand and on the left.
And as one that is a traveller in his way, I even beseech, caution, and admonish you all, in the holy awe of God, that you never forbear meeting and alfernbling of yourselves with the holy remnant amongst whom we first received our blessed convincement. Oh! for ever let us honour the Lord's truth, and those who do sincerely profess the same! But more especially such as were in Christ before us; for this is well pleafing unto the Lord.
And let us beware of lightness, jefting, or a careless mind, which grieves the Holy Spirit, << that stands “ ready to seal us unto the day of our perfect redemp! tion;" but let us be grave, weighty and temperate,
keeping low in body, as well as in mind, that in all things we may be examples, and a sweet favour for the God who hath loved and called us.
And, my dear friends, let us keep in the simplicity of the cross of Jesus, even in plainness of speech, and out of the world's flattering and deceitful respects; for we are as well to be a cross in our garbs, gaits, dealings, and falutations, as religion and worship, to this vain adulterated and apoftatized generation. So in the pure measure of truth that hath been manifested to every particular, and has convinced us of the unrighteousness of the world, and the vanity and emptiness of all its professions of God, Christ, and religion, oh! let us stand and abide! that we may feel it to be our refuge, and strong tower, when the enemy shall approach, either by inward exercise, or outward bonds and sufferings, which in all likelihood will suddenly overtake us, for the trial of our most precious faith; so shall we sensibly experience that heavenly blood of cleansing to stream therefrom, which only can give remission, cleanse from all sin, and finally purge the conscience from dead works, to serve the living, everlasting, holy God Almighty, Lord of hosts, King of nations, and King of faints. « And whatsoever things “ are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever “ things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatso“ ever things are lovely, and whatsoever things are “ of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be
any praise, o let us mind these things ! And the « God of peace, that has by his eternal quickening
power raised Jesus in thousands from the dead, bless, “ accompany, and preserve us over all trials and tri« bulations, unto his eternal habitations of rest and glory."
Your brother and fellow-traveller in the king
dom and patience of Jesus our Lord,
Carberry, in the county of
12th month, 1669.
To the English READER.
F ever it were time to speak, or write, it is now; so
many strange occurrences requiring both. How much thou art concerned in this ensuing trial, (where not only the prisoners, but the fundamental LAWS of England, have been most arbitrarily arraigned) read, and thou mayest plainly judge.
Liberty of conscience is counted a pretence for rebellion; and religious assemblies, routs and riots; and the defenders of both are by them reputed factious and disaffected.
Magna charta is magna far-. with the recorder of London; and to demand right, an affront to the
Will and power are their great charter ; but to call for England's, is a crime, incurring the penalty of their bale-dock and nasty hole; nay, the menace of a gag, and iron shackles too.
The jury (though proper judges of law and fact) they would have over-ruled in both: as if their verdict signified no more, than to echo back the illegal charge of the bench. And because their courage and honesty did more than hold pace with the threat and abuse of those who sat as judges (after two days and two nights restraint for a verdict) in the end they were fined and imprisoned for giving it.
Oh! what monstrous and illegal proceedings are these! Who reasonably can call his coat his own, when property
is made subservient to the will and interest of his judges ? Or, who can truly esteem himself a free man, when all pleas for liberty are esteemed fedition, and the laws that give and maintain them, so many insignificant pieces of formality.
And what do they less than plainly tell us so, who at will and pleasure break open our locks, rob our