THE English Jeroboam: OR, THE PROTESTANT Reforming Magistrate, And What the Church of England May Expect from such a One. Precisely Characterized by a Transformed Church-Warden, at a Vestry-Consultation, held upon the Put­ting in Execution the Laws against Seditious Con­venticles. Being London's Caveat, in Electing Magistrates.

Diruit aedificat mutat quadrata Rotundis.

LONDON, Printed for Walter Davies, in Amen-Corner, near Pate-Noster-Row, 1683.

TO ALL English Protestants, By what Names or Titles soever Dig­nified and Distinguished.

‘Qui Consulta Patrum, qui Leges Jura (que) Servantes.’
Worthy (if Loyal) Sirs,

IT is Recorded by Knowls, in his History of the Turkish Empire, That Uladisla­us, King of Hungary, having made a Truce with Amurath the Second. (Sixth King of the Turks) Sealed and Sworn to him in the Name of Christ, in a little Time vio­lated his said League, waged War against him, gave him Battail at Varna, and was like to rout him: Ʋpon which Occasion, and extream Danger, Amurath beholding the Picture of the Crucifix in the displayed Ensignes of the Christians, pluckt the Writing out of his Bosome, wherein the late League was comprised; and holding it in his Hands, with his Eyes lifted up to Heaven, said; Behold thou Crucified Christ, this is the League, thy Christians, in thy Name, made with me, which they have without any Cause violated. Now, if thou be a God, which they say thou art, and as we dream, Re­venge the Wrong now done unto thy Name and Me, and shew thy Power upon thy Perjurious People, who in their Deeds deny Thee their God. Ʋpon the uttering of which Words, the Battail presently turned, and those Perjured Persons (the Authors of the Breach of Oath) were slain, and the Army totally routed. An Example hugely applicable to our present Swearers, and Test-takers; and was it generally weighed, would awaken a great many of our pretended Protestant Christians out of that Jesuitical Lethargy, in which they miserably indulge themselves.

There is no kind of Men (say one of their Late Saint ships) can be such compleat and neat Knaves, as a Jesuite, a Pharisee, and an Old (well-studied) Professor of Religion: when once Mens Consciences are defiled, and they begin to trade in the World with a Pretence, that 'tis for God, they are so cunning that no Bonds of Honesty and Faith can possibly hold them.

Oaths (the main Pillars of Humane Societies, the greatest Determiners of Controversies) are in these times so strangely violated, and most impudently prophaned, as if they were but Bugbears to fright Children into Obedience. Nay, to shew what great Children our Ma­gistrates are, or to expose them as such, an Ecclaircissement, or clearing of those Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, to be taken by them at their entring into their Offices, is Sta­ted, and laid down, according to Conscience and Religion, how far they might take them Salva Conscientia. But was Indignum patella Operculum, a Case not fitly made, and soon was Ʋn-Cased. And certainly, that Religion must needs be degenerated and apostati­zed, [Page]which God in his Wrath has appointed (as an Engine) to break down these great Bul­warks of the World, Oaths.

Solemn Oaths are able to hold most Men's Consciences; but Men heightned by Religi­on into the Forms of the Spirit, doing things by immediate Direction from God, carrying a Glorious presence of God before them, affirming that they are called by God to do some spe­cial Signal Work in the World; these can easily mount above the highest sorts of Oaths, and trample them under Foot presently. Such is the Case of our Reforming Jeroboam; The Religion Established in Jerusalem was too great an Obligation to them, to revere that Au­thority by whose Laws it was first Establisht: It taught them too much the Sacred Ordinan­ces of Loyalty to their Soveraign Prince; 'Twould be a snare to them to go to Jerusalem to Worship, lest it should invite them to entertain Loyal Thoughts of re-acknowledging their first Lord. A couple of Calves nearer home, would serve for the Vulgar to Worship, and he no sooner thought on't; but they were such Calves as to accept the Offer, and Idolatrous Bethel and Dan, are as zealously followed, as Jerusalem, the true place of Worship: and this Jeroboam did, notwithstanding a Trible Obligation to the contrary, by Three several Oaths: 1. When he Swore Allegiance to his Prince, as a private Person. 2. At his en­trance into his Inferiour Office, as Ruler over a particular Part of the Royal Estate, the House of Joseph. 3. At his Coronation, as Supream Magistrate afterwards. And this be­came a Sin ever after to Israel.

'Tis the same with our modern Reformers: They cant as Religiously as Protestants take the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and as cunningly as Jesuits evade their Obser­vance. They can Swear not to alter or endeavour Directly or Indirectly the Alteration of the Government in Church and State; yet are ready to erect a Conventicle, before a Church, or pull a Temple down, to build a Bethel up. They can Swear to Discover, and to their Power dissipate any Meeting or Conventicle, which shall be convened contrary to the Laws, and the Practice of the Church, and yet so treacherous are their Memories, that they forget it; and alas! through inadvertency, (or I know not what) were strangely over­taken, and found Members of such Meetings.

Themistocles, (as Plutarch reports in his Life) used to say, That Athens ruled all Greece, He ruled all Athen's His Wife ruled him, and his young Child at home ru­led her: So may it be tartly (and truly) said at this time; This City Rules all England, Magistrates Rules the City, the Wives Rule the Magistrates, and the Lecturers Rule them.

No sooner doth Aaron bid the Women to bring their Jewels and Ear-rings of their Sons and Daughters, unto him ('tis no matter to say further; hold, Aaron, do not tell them, 'tis to make a Calf) but the Widows press to cast in their Mites, the Married Wives their Wedding-Rings, the Zealous Virgins their whole Stock, to their Silver-Bodkins. Such In­fluence have these Architects of Sedition, to procure their Materials towards their Babel-building.

The Historian tells us of a Speech; which Pontius Telesinius used to a Roman Gene­ral; who, when he saw him busied in delivering Italy from Thieves and Robbers, told him, that he did well to scour the Country; but Italy would never want Wolves, so long as there was such a Spacious Forrest, as the Great City of Rome, to retire unto. The Ap­plication of which is so obvious, as need nothing to be added therein. Purge the Fountain, and the Streams will run clear.

Such, in short, is the Composition of the Times, wherein our Reformer has the For­tune to appear on his Stage. A Time, that God Rains Snares upon the whole Land, suf­fering Men to act little else but Obliquities, Illegalities, Absurdities, and self Disappoint­ments; a Time, wherein Satan hath set the Land on Fire, and like Nero, sits on his Tur­ret, making Musick with his Instruments; his Religiously prophane Lying Pamphletters, that every Man may dance Antique over his Brothers Head. It is a Proverb not to be neg­lected, That he that danceth when the Devil Pipes, shall certainly break his Shins, if he hath not the luck to save them whole, by breaking his Neck. Wise Men will not Travel in a Night, when the Air is full of Ignes Fatui, nor a Sober Marriner hoyse up all his Sails, when the Winds blow in all Quarters.

Gentlemen, Through all these Disadvantages our Protestant Reformer ventures to appear, ho­ping he shall find acceptance with some, though not with all, whose Interest it may be to reject him. But this he promises; That if his proposed Church-Reformation be at all encoura­ged, he will venture next at the State. However, lest you should question his Person and Parts, I have sent you by him, a friendly Character of him.

HE is One, he knows not what Himself, if you ask him; but is, indeed, One of God's Judgements. He is the Epitome or Abridgement of the Age; in him the Age is seen; and without him, the Times are not. Observe him in his taking his Degrees; from his Shop to the Chair of Church-Guardian. Here he tells you lies by rote, and not minding, as the Phrase to sell in, and the Language he spent most of his Years to learn. He is an arrogant Commender of his own Wares; for what soever he shewes you, is the Best in the Towne, tho the Worst in his Shop. He never speaks so much Truth, as when he tells you, he would use you as his Bro­ther; because he would abuse his Brother. His Religion is much in the nature of his Customers, and indeed the Pander to it; and, by a misinterpreted Sense of Scripture, makes a Gain of Godliness. Thus his Honesty having gotten him a Name, the Parish thinks him able to carry a Constables Staff, and become a King's Officer. Under this Title he swells, and looks big; and invironed with a Guard of Halberts, sitting in his Chair of State, a shop-stall, peremptorily examines Night-walkers. He is a Scare-Crow to all Ale-houses, where he is a great Stickler in a Tumult of Quart-pots, and ventures his Head by his Place, which is broke many times, to keep the King's Peace. He is strangely startled at the appearing of an Informer, whom he is ready to secure, upon their presenting a Conventicle-Warrant; but he is as ready to let it alone in God's Name, as he is to apprehend a Drunkard for not standing in the King's Name: And Men esteem him for this a Zealous Affectionate; but then do mistake him, for he does it but to be esteemed so. Thus he becomes a Man of Business; and, if you would find him now, it must be at some Coffee-House, which is his Eares Brothel, which satisfies his Itch. His Company here, all Men without Excep­tion; but the Principall are Old Captains out of Service, discontented Officers, Men of long Rapiers; which, after all, turn Merchants, and traffick here for News. Some make it a Preface to their Dinner. Others make it their Ordinary, and board here very cheap. In fine, 'Tis the Rendezvous of Spitting, where men dialogue with their Noses, and their Communication is Smoak. Here it is, you may find our Vice-Roy or Constable; where he gravely discourses of the Government. He converses with you, as if he was in Spain; for if you are inquisitive, he fears you as the Inquisition, and Suspects your Questions for Examinations. He delivers you Common Matters with great Conjuration of Silence, and whispers you in the Ear, Acts of Parliament. He is one that lies kindly to you, and for good Fashion-sake, and 'tis discourtesie in you to belive him. His Words finely set together, equally serve all men, and equally to no purpose. He kisses your Hands, as he did the last he met, and is your Servant to be commanded; but you shall intreat of him Nothing. His Proffers are universall and generall, with Exceptions against all Particulars: He will do any thing for you; but if you urge him to This, he cannot; or to That, he is engaged; but he will do any thing. Promises he accounts but a king of mannerly Words; and in the expecta­tion of your Manners, not to exact them; if you do, he wonders at your ill Breeding, that cannot distinguish between what is spoken, and what is meant. Publick Invita­tions he will not wrong with his Absence, and is the best Witness of the Sheriffs Hospitality; where he talks Rebellion in a Bravery, and speaks big from the Spirit of Sack. Religion being now much in Vogue, he becomes enamoured with the Church: His Devotion there, is much in the turning up his Eye, and turnes down the leaf in his Bible, when he hears named Chapter and verse: When he comes home, he com­mends [Page]the Sermon for the Scripture, and two Hours. He is so taken up with Faith that he has no room for Charity; and understands no Good Works, but what he has in his Shop. He Overflows so with the Bible, that he spills it one every occasion; and will not cudgell his Boys, without Scripture. He is One, that thinks he performs all his Duty to God in Hearing, and shews the fruits of it in Talking. He is a main Derider to his Capacity, of those that are not his Preachers; and censures all Ser­mons, but bad Ones. He accounts nothing Vices but Superstition, and an Oath. He expounds the Priests of Baall, Reading Ministers; and thinks the Salvation of the Parish, as desperate as the Turks. But now by the Grace of God, and his supposed Sufficiency, the Parish thought him a fit Person to manage that great Office of Church Warden; wherein he employes his Zeal, for the Reformation of it, according to the right Old Frame; Where I leave him; the Church into a Conventicle, Conformity into Non-conformity, and Ʋniformity into Deformity.

THE English Jeroboam, &c.

THE Vestry being fully Convened, and Liberty of Speech being the Ʋndoubted Priviledge of all Assem­blies, our Church-Warden or Reformer, with a serious composed Gravity, lays open the Present State of the Church, and the necessary Resolution he had taken for Reforming it, in the following Emphatical Oration.

IT was a Blessed Easter (Brethren,) that raised me up again to this Ponderous Service; and if any Feast be Worthy of Annual Solem­nity, my Vote is, That the Feast of Easter (though Moveable) shall stand fast for ever. Antiquity tells me, That the Office Gardiani Ecclesiae, is an Office instituted and dignified by the Fundamental, Known, Common, and Statute Laws of this Kingdom; (as for the Civil and Canon Laws, I have held them execrable, ever since the High-Commission departed with a Duck in the Mouth on't, and the Imposition of the Sacred Solemn League and Covenant) and this Honour is not to be con­ferred upon any, but such as are Judicious and Fidele, and able to em­ploy (Couragiously, Sincerely and Conscientiously) the Common Stock of Trea­sure, and Discretion belonging to the Parish.

It is not, I conceive, yet out of Your Memory, how accurately I hereto­fore steer'd the Affairs of Parochial Government; nor out of Mine, with what Alacrity you submitted to it. My Deportment then (correspondent to Those Times) was a fair Character of Square Dealing; and was, I presume, a prime Motive to your Thundring Acclamations, in re-electing me the Principal Reformado of this Ecclesiastical Policy. In the exact Execution whereof, I intend with the Assistance of my younger Brother, (whom I shall well Educate for the Next Year) to use such Precise Diligence, as may cashiere many Fears and Jealousies, and settle many things (hitherto incomposed) in such a graceful Posture, that the Trust of you, that confide in me, shall not in the least Scruple be abused. But you must remember the Old Word, Distingue Tempora; and then (regarding the Turning round of the Times), you will conceive, that the Wind sits in another Cor­ner; and I must move by other Rules, than formerly: for I am now more Spiritually Illuminated, and possest with Sounder Principles. The Ci­vil-Law [Page 2]is disregarded, and its Authority and Power stoutly disputed, by our Goliah from Colchester, so that we shall see the Canons (Old and New) recoil on the Canoniers; the numerous Army of Articles routed; the Oath ex Officio put out of Office; and the bottomless &c Oath is swallowed up. The Case thus standing, and that you may have a right Ʋnderstand­ing of your Moderator, take an Epitome of my Resolution; but withall, take this four-fold Advertisement along with you.

  • First, That I will follow the present Fashion so far in my Discourse, as to keep No Order.
  • Secondly, That my Interspersion of Latine, shall no way Authorize the use of that Beastial Language in the Pulpit.
  • Thirdly, That if my Phrase transcend your plumbeous Capacity, esteem it the Fruit of my Liberal Education, before I ever hand­led the Sheers, or finger'd the Thimble.
  • Fourthly, That you, who (for solid Edification) fall so nimbly to your Brachigraphy, shall not let this Oration pass Grub-street, with­out my Approbation, nor (if it may be) until a Sweet Panegyrick of my Sister Hannah's Composing, may be annext unto it.

I begin with the Weather-cock; which is an imminent, gilded, hollow, craking, comb'd, and variable Creature; and doth so wonderfully Sympa­thize with me in All, and with the present Turning Times, in Some speci­al respects, that I do Order it to Continue Statu quo prius; and the Four Fanes adorned with the initial Letters of my unspotted Name, shall be sedulous Attendants upon it in my Livery, to go which way soever it goes.

From the Weather-cock, I should immediately have fallen upon the Leads, but an Iron Cross hinders me in my way; which (with all other Crosses moveable) shall be abolished, that nothing may go Cross in our De­signs.

The Leads I find Prophaned with the Images of corrupt Hands, irregu­lar Feet, and with unsanctified Names; they shall therefore be Removed, Purified with Fire, and Converted into Bullets, to button the Bosomes of the Common Adversary, and to seal up the Brazen Foreheads, of the Formida­ble Tories.

This being Dispatcht, I have made a fair Thorow-fair to the Bells, which indeed had been out of Frame long since, were it not that sometimes they Ring the Changes (sweetly consenting therein with me,) and sometimes Au­daciously proclaime an unknown Victory to the Over-credulous, or the Ʋnwel­come Coming of the Tories Alumna, and the like; which inflames all their Zeal and Faggots in an instant. There is an Impeachment, as stronge as a three-fold Cord, against four of the Bells.

  • First, They were Baptized before the Years of Discretion.
  • Secondly, Three times a Day they Pollute the Tune of the Fourth Psalm.
  • Thirdly, They have Idolatrous Inscriptions upon them; as (with a little of the Sexton's help) I have curiously discovered; For upon the First Bell there is Peccatoris; on the Second, Mei; on the Third, Miserere; Domine, on the Fourth.

Now, judge you, Brethren (who would seem, peradventure, to be as wise as your Officer in chief) is not Domine Miserere mei peccatoris, noto­rious [Page 3]and gross Idolatry? Are those words fit to be uttered by a Professor, unless it be with an Holy Detestation of such Puddle? Ah! I see by the De­vout shaking of your Heads, that your Braines are troubled about it, that your Hearts abhor, and ake to think upon such rotten Trash. Well, it is high time, that these four be no longer Hanged, but Drawn and Quarter'd; that they, with the abominable Brass upon the Monument of our Idolatrous Ancestors (I pass not tho an Old Aunt of mine lies mouldring under one of them) may concurr for the making of Ordinance, to batter down the Poste­rity of their Donors. The Wheels (being but Hemicircular) shall hang there like Meteors between Heaven and Earth; but the Ropes may serve the next Sessions, at the Wooden Tripode, a Mile out of the Town, for the use of those that will not Stretch their Endeavours for Whiggism, or the Good Old Cause. The Liberties of the Dawes, (our Beloved Allies) will by this means, be inlarged; and we will further Confirm their Incorporation, that from time to time they may make such Ordinances, as are Consistent with the Priviledges of their House, and conducible to the Bene esse of their Com­mon Wealth; keeping their Courts ad Libitum, in the upper Region of the Tower, as we do Here in the Vestry.

The Clock and Dial, because they go Round, shall take their usual Course; only by a Pious Fraud, they shall go somewhat Earlier in the Morning, and Later at Night, than Truth would admit of; Only to Re­venge my self on Three crook-Legg'd Youths of mine, who had rather en­counter with a whole Briggade of Whiggs, than move a yards Length against a Tory: Rogues, as they are, were out all Night, making Bone­fires, and Drinking Hazza's to the Duke; but I'le warrant—

I have dwelt somewhat long in the Steeple; Now we will come to Church; where in the First Place, I see the Font taking up so much roome, that would be capable of two double Taffata Gowns; which, I confess, I should not so strictly have observed, had not the Discontented Yoke-Fel­lows of my Dyer and Hot-Presser, which are Crowded up behind the Door, drawn me to it. Away with it; this Font is abominable, a Bason will be more apt for the Service. And those Lofty Pews, which are higher by the Head and Shoulders, than their Inferiors, shall be Circumcized, that our Grave Matrons, and Sweet Heavenly minded Sisters, (whose Posture, turn­ing their Faces Westward, is most Amiable) may have a more chearful In­fluence upon Us their Governours.

The Pulpit (in respect of the Form of it, being almost Round) is Tolle­rable; although my Neighbour Zachary the Cooper (a precious Vessel) could fashion out One more seemly, and to better purpose; but the Situa­tion of it shall suffer a Reformation, and at the Parish Charge it shall be se­cured with a Substantial Padlock, lest they, whom the meer Natural Man calls Profound, Pious, Loyal, and Orthodox Divines, should sawcily any longer intrude it. I can partly tell you the Poor Condition of those silly Priests: As soon as they ascend the Pulpit, they fall on their Knees for Di­vine Assistance, as if they could not be Cock-sure of it at all times: Then they have a Premeditated Prayer, not much exceeding a quarter of an Hour, wherein they Petition for Peace and Ʋnity, and Pray for Kings, Queens, and Princes, and such like kind of People, (though they know them Po­pish, (as our so-much feared Successor is;) and then supplicate Our Saviour [Page 4]Christ for Choice Blessings upon Arch-Bishops and Bishops, whom we have found (by the Spirit that we lead about us) to be strongest Lambs of Anti­christ. After this Mess, comes the Sermon; which is the greatest part of a Weeks Study (Written perhaps over and over) yet may be delivered in an Hour. Their Conclusions, which we are neither able, nor willing to un­derstand, are confirmed by Scripture, Fathers, and Reason: They consult with the Original Tongues, and such Authors as are called Authentick and Classical, fetching their Water from the Primitive Spring, because they (empty Casks) think they cannot have as pure nearer Home. So, by their great skill in Divinity, gracefully attended (forsooth) with Variety of Hu­mane Learning, they will exhort us to Study to be Quiet, to Try the Spi­rits, to be Charitable, Moderate, Obedient to the Higher Powers, and to do things According to Order; with a great deal of such hungry thin Stuff. I have utterly done with Them and Theirs; and am heartily over-joyed, that I have ever thought of this Happy Padlock. But of this, more at large by and by in its due Place.

The Pulpit-Cloath was the Legacy of a Blind Zealot, as appears by that Jesuitical Badge (J. H. S.) upon it; for, as some of Our Learned Professors do conceive, J. Signifies Idolatry, H. Heresy, and S. Superstition. Oh, here's good Work! What but flat Popery can be expected from a Pulpit appa­rell do with such a Livery? These Letters of Gold shall be delivered to the Finer, to make Silver withall; and the Velvet (because it deserves a bet­ter Wardrobe, and the costly Infirmities of the Testator should be hidden by our Christian Charity) shall be Converted into Window-Cushions, for my new Reformed Parlor; where I intend frequently to entertain those Immaculate Assemblies, which the Ʋnregenerate call Conventicles.

The Hour-Glass shall be turned out of Doors; for our Extemporary Teach­ers, may not keep time with Clock or Glass; and so, when they are out, (which is not very seldome) they can take leisure to come in again: where­as, they that measure their Meditations by the Hour, are often gravelled, by complying with the Sand.

The Communion-Table hath since 1660, regained its Antient Name and Sire; and (had I my mind) our nimble joynted Mass-Priests shall never be suffered to Offer or Cringe there any Longer. But I will be bold with the Round Pillars, that inviron it, (when the Leaprous Superstition is scrapt off) to make an Impregnable Fence for my Hospitable Buttery. The Plate that is there so Decently placed, I know to what Furnace it might be conveyed, to what Ʋse and Form converted, and by what Means Multiplied, and faith­fully Secured: But there is such a Noli me Tangere upon it, that I dare not finger the Twentieth Part of it. But as for the Velvet-Cloath, adorned with the Jesuits Badge, and the Silver and Gold Embroidered Glory about it, I shall put to a more Sanctified Ʋse, with the Pulpit-Cloath.

The Organs are of Levitical or Popish Institution, and like the breath of a Basilisk; they deter hence the Two prime Grandees of the Parish, (the most Celestial Almanack-Maker, and the Best Tempered Potter, that ever lived by Heaven and Earth. They drown the Virgin-Melody of the Galleries, and Middle Alley, and against our Wills bring our Confused Notes into Order; Therefore though I adventure my Neck (as that Desperado did in Wor­cester Cathedral, and his Predecessour at Cheap-side-Cross) I will set them such a flat, that shall lay them Breathless on the Pavement. This Romish [Page 5]Merchandize will yield good English Coine at Pauls, or the next Cathedral that is not Bankrupt.

The Table of Degrees, Prohibited in Marriage, is obsolete, and so is mar­riage it self, as here it hath been used; for I see no ground to the contra­ry: but when all things are Common (as they ought to be) a Man may Marry, whom, when, and how often, as he will. This is a very short, but a sweet and comfortable Doctrine to you, (my Dear and Attentive Au­ditory) and so the sudden pricking up of your Eares doth assure me.

Let us now take a little survey of our Church-Books: The Bible (which always comes first to my sight and handling) hath a dangerous Apocryphal Obstruction in the very Bowels of it, which is of a very Malignant Influence upon the whole Body. This is Composed of such Histories as bind not our Credence, and Morality which shall not be the Rule of our Practice; it must needs be presently Expurged. Yea, the Canon it self, in respect of Translation, is not free from Infirmity (and indeed, it is no Marvail, since so many Mitred Heads had their Heads in the doing of it.) The Geneva Ver­sion is far beyond it. But Old Hugh Broughton, if he might have been suf­fered, had exceeded them both. A Learned Synod (and what d'ye think of another Assembly of Divines, without either Root or Branch of Episcopacy?) must be the only Aesculapius, that must cure this Evil.

The Errata of the Book of Common-Prayer (as some call it) or rather the Lethargy of the Church of England, were they exprest at Large, would over-bulk the Bible: Yet the Ravenous Esaus of the World, had rather lose all their Liberties and Properties (which are their Birth-right) than one Mess of this Red and Black Pottage. I will not contaminate my Lipps, nor abuse your chast Ears with so much as naming any Errors that are in it; but re­fer you to Rabbi Lewis Hughes (the Glory of the last Brittish Druides) and divers others, who have already smitten this Belphegor under the Fifth Rib. It further behoves us, that the Singing-Psalmes be rescued from the Back of such a Monster, and from those other Humane Inventions, Te Deum, Da Pacem Domine, & Quicunque vult: But whosoever will that any (but the 150. Psalms) be continued, may do well, in my Ʋnderstanding, to defend Robert Wisedome's, Preserve us Lord.

There is an Error in John Jewell's Works, but it is an Error with a Witness; and although it be Palliated over Jure Divino, yet it is instar omnium errorum and hath in it the Spawn of all Abominations: It is beyond pitty, that such a Gemme should be defiled with so base a Cognizance; He was a Bishop: The very word Bishop, (I fear, I offend in naming it so often) imparts all the Mischiefs, that are destructive to a Common Church or State. Your Holy Indignation (Brethren) is well expressed by the present Groanings of your Spirits; but be comforted; for these stall-fed Lordly Prelates must come to their Fatal Banquet. Erasmus his Paraphrase hath found the more Favour hitherto at my Hands, because he sometime wrote a Tract in the praise of Foolishness. But when I remember some Popish Passages in his Colloquies, which I read when I was at Merchant-Taylors-School, I cannot well resent his Best Labours. The Book of Deus et Rex, is a Pamphlet quite out of my Books, meerly for the Oaths-sake that is in it. These Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance are binding Things; the Latter was imposed up­on me, when I was a Novice; and it hath so hampered me these Three Years [Page 6]last past, that I would fain (if possible) cast off these Manacles; for it is al­most Hell it self, to us Whiggs, to be so pinioned.

The Book of Thirty Nine Articles is in many things diametrically Oppo­site to our Fundamental Principles; it must necessarily be withdrawn, or farewell our Diana for ever. All the aforenamed Corrupt Volumes shall be Translated out of the Church, and all the Isles thereof into Little Britain, or else into Smithfield.

We have but one Manuscript, (I mean, the Register) and that must be Corrected; for the Names of all those that are Crost in their Baptisme, Ring'd in their Marriage, or Pray'd over at their Burial, shall be cancelled. No Names henceforth shall be engrost, unless they were first Registred in Holy Writ: Nor will we keep a Record of the Names of Strange Preachers any more; for they may deliver Good Doctrine in the City, who never had Orders, or good Name in the Country.

The Parish Cash yet, is ready to my hand; and I will presume to seize upon a fleece of it, to maintain at the Church Door a guard of Long-taild Vo­ciferadoes; lest the Conjuring Littany should rush in upon the Fourth and Sixth day of the Week (heathenishly called Wednesday & Fryday) that Pray­ers be not read against Pride, Vain Glory and Hypocrisy, &c. And lest the Ba­bilonian Garment (the Surplice) be shoulder'd in amongst us; for to Profes­sors of our Profession, no Smock is more Odious, than that of the Whore of Rome; nor any Petitions more terrible, than those that would oblitterate our Principal Character.

Some of our dim-ey'd Ancestors could see unhappily, to make their Sim­plicity Legible upon the Church-Walls, by setting up the Lord's Prayer, (as they termed it) which is too narrow a Directory, or Summary of our Petitions: The Ten Commandments, which are not (I conceive) absolute­ly Obligatory now under the Gospel; and the Creed, which is not (I be­lieve) Apostolical, nor am I bound to stand to't. These shall, in Good Manners, give the Wall to Choicer Scriptures; and I will be the Master of the Sentences, to Select them.

The taking down of Popish Pictures out of the Windows, and bringing them (by a Legal Tryal), to a Second Martyrdom, was a Laudable and Transparent Work of One of my Brother-Church-Wardens. I wonder some of our Zealous Predecessours, of the Late Times (I mean, Fifty) had not done it, and saved him that Labour: But, Nil simul inventum & perfectum, Rome was not Built in one Day; nor could they be demolisht all in one Year, nor Two Years, There are some pretty Scandalous Babies still left in East-Windows of some Churches, with trim Coats on, and an Orient Lustre about their Heads. I remember now, I asked our Sextons Grandam one Day, what they were; and especially, One I took great notice of? She told me, it was our Blessed Lady; but truly, if she were my Mother, and as high as Heaven, I will (as Duty binds me) make her kiss her Mother Earth again. And the Angels on the Roof of the Church (though they cost Five Shillings a piece the Gilding) shall have their Wings clipt, and fall down to salute her.

Queen Elizabeths Monument was put up when the Royal Government had fairer credit amongst us, than now; and her Epitaph was one of my Bro­ther J's best Poems, before he abjured the University, or had a thought of New-England. I have had no small struggling within me, about the Tolle­ration [Page 7]or Abolition of this Statue; and, at last, have resolved it shall con­tinue; but with a Curtain to Vail it, that we may regard or disregard it at our pleasure. For methinks, in Forty Four Years Reign, she might (if she pleased) have baited the Beast of Rome, to better purpose, and wrought a more through Reformation; yet, (notwithstanding Her Majesties Omissions, of sorrowful Memory) if her Successour King James had not been too Wise and Learned, as well as too Peaceable, for our Generation, and his Divines too Sinewy for ours to graple with at Hampton Court, we had finisht that Work long ago. We shall never meet with such an Opportunity to do, since Forty One, as Now. Plots and Conspiracies can now be glibly swal­lowed under the Mask of Religion and Liberties, which we may justify to be Popish, and to come from Rome, instead of Geneva; and while we pre­tend to thrust out Popery, we may bring in Whiggisme, alias, the True Protestant Presbyterian.

The Escutcheons that are quartered over our Heads in the Body of the Church, are Emblemes of those Honours, which some of our Noble Pro­genitors purchased with the Hazard of their Blood, in Defence of Religion, known Laws, and Liberty of the Subject. I will give them leave to be Hang'd. But when I take notice of the Royal Armes, and their Motto (Beati pacifici) I cannot, for the present, but entertain some Mutinous, Disloyal, Rebelli­ous Thoughts, and a Furious Zeal would soon drive them into Action, were it not that Conscience, Allegiance, and Honi Soit upon the Blue Garter, did countermand it.

Some Alterations would be of Postures and Names, as well as Things. For truly, I cannot with an Ʋpright Conscience, condescend to Kneeling at the Sacrament: We are not required to be so Flexible in a Superstitious Adora­tion: My Advice is, That we sit Familiarly, (as we did in the Late Free Time of Liberty) or stand to't couragiously: Nor ought our Gesture to be the same now, at the Gospel, Creed, or Glory be to the Father, &c. As it was in the Beginning. These, and other like Gesticulations, came first into this Country, from the City which stands on Seven Hills; and thither (with all such Baggage) let them trudge again.

As for Names, I see no Warrant, but under the Man of Sin's own Seal, that this Church should be called St. Clement's; nor indeed (as I have learn't since I was inlightned) that it should be called a Church. We only can discern, who are Saints, who Reprobates; and it is not hard to find, who, and what this Clement was, and yet deal gently with him.

But in this particular (my dear Brethren) we must have a Reformation, and Order the Parish Clerks to pass it in their Weekly Bills, and those Ro­man Harlots who cry St. Thomas Onions (knowing such Egyptian Roots cannot be Sanctified) shall be punish't; and this to be as Zealously done, as he that lash't a Carr-man, for whistling the Tune of a Psalm to his Horse. The Law shall be the same concerning St. John's Wort, and Carduus Benedictus. As for this Building, which (now lately again) we have ignorantly called a Church; it is, indeed, but an Old Pile of Stones; it was built at the Charge of those, who vainly thought a Decent Barn or Stable too homely for a Christian Synagogue, and was Consecrated (sa­ving your Presence) by some Old Prelate, as superstitious as the Foun­ders. The Verity of it is, We are the Church, and this Fabrick (till we are otherwise provided) is but a Meeting-place; where (to our Grief) there [Page 8]is too often a Miserable Mixture of the Prophane with the Godly. For Re­dress whereof, there is no other way, than (in a Tumultuous Fashion) to repeat the Presenting of Petitions for Liberty of Conscience, and the spee­dy Session of a Godly, true Protestant Parliament.

I promised you even now somewhat of my Opinion (my Dearly Belo­ved) concerning the Reformation of the Church in its Ministers, or Clergy: Now, give me leave (by your Patience) to deliver it unto you; which I will do with as good and pious an Emphasis, as I can; who desire to spend my self, and be spent in the Service of God, my King and King­dom.

That the present Church-Government by Arch-Bishops, Bishops, their Chan­cellours, Commissaries, Deans, Arch-Deacons, and other Ecclesiastical Offi­cers, depending upon the Hierarchy, is evil and justly offensive, and bur­thensome to the Kingdom, a great Impediment, (observe this, I say— mark—) a great Impediment to our Reformation, and the further Growth of our Religion, (if I may so say) and therefore to be taken away: For (I say For—here's the Reason) they have been, and are entrusted with the Care and Provision of the Souls of King and People, to heed, feed, and watch over them; and, as Ambassadours, to attend their great Embassy from God to Man, for Reconciliation; and Preach, or cause to be Preach­ed, by Able and Faithful Men, the Word of God in Season, and out of Sea­son: They have done just contrary, run counter to all This; and this by Two manner of ways: First, They have neglected their Personal Execu­tion of their Trust: And, Secondly, Have committed (generally and most­ly) the weighty Matter to Men illiterate and insufficient, Dumb Doggs, as the Scripture calls them; that cannot bark, but against our poor Shepherds, that would Feed (not Eat) up the Flock. Men quorum esse & vivere, est esse & bibere. Whose Tables are full of Wine and Strong Drink. Their Precept's iter Longam, their Example's iter Breve. Satanae Satellites, non Christi Sectatores, sed Antichristi Successores. They are Branches of the Hierarchy of Rome; Plants not planted by God our Heavenly Father. What Immense and Transcendent Goodness would it be of the Almighty, could but these Priests of Bacchus, Sons of Belial, be Sequestered, Silen­ced, and Turned out: and our true Ministers, true Shepherds, [that would not kill them that they Feed, eat the Fat, and Cloath themselves with the Wool] placed in their Rooms. 'Tis true, there are some of these Church-Governours, that are Good Men and Learned; but then we find them too Ʋnsanctified. Like Curio, they are ad Republicae perniciem facundi: Lear­ned and Eloquent, but to the Destroying of our Common-Wealth. For my part, I shall endeavour to pray for a Through-perfect-Reformation in the Ministers, as well as in these Particulars I have before declared unto you. The Church is the Garden of God, and till these Weeds be pluck't up, God will not delight to walk therein. And therefore we must, without Fear of the Hand of Violence, of Pride, or Informer's Malice, set Hand, heart, and Shoulder and All, for the perfect Cleansing the House of the Lord. In short, (my Dearly Beloved) I shall give you a brief Epitome of what Measures we took in our Late (blessed be God, and the King) Times, and finish't our Work in this Matter, and how We must work.

1. None shall Preach or Declare in his Sermon, That the Puritans, now called Whiggs, should be Ejected out all Parishes, nay Societies, as being ever [Page 9]the only Cause of all the Troubles and Disturbances in this Kingdom.

2. No one shall Preach, That our late (nay, any other) Petitions to the King for a Parliament, were like Jeroboam's Petitions to Rehoboam; Com­mands, and not Petitions.

3. No one shall Preach, That the late and present Reformers of the Church were, and are but Hypocrites: That an Evil Spirit did Then, and doth Now breath these Things into their Minds; a Devout Devil, pretending Care of God's Service: That all Their and Our goodly Pretences, are but Hypocritical, and the Mask of Vile Iniquity, and Holy Theft. And shall hold, That it is a thing senseless, for Lay-men to have any Tythes, and that Tythes are Jure Divino; and that to Alienate the Lands of Cathedral Chur­ches, to set up and maintain Preaching Ministers, is to pervert the Will of the Dead that gave them.

4. None shall declare his Wishes and Desires in his Sermons, That E­vil may befal those that go about to take away Government by Bishops, which has its Plat-form from Heaven: And holds, That the Government by Bi­shops, Priests and Deacons under the Gospel, is from God; as under the Law, the Government of High-Priests, Priests and Levites. And that say, That he knows not from whence the Presbyterian-Government comes, but from Corah, Dathan and Abiram.

5. No one shall call those Irreverent Puppies, that use not Superstitious Bowing at the Altar, and the Name of JESUS; and if they will not how Here, will bow in Hell hereafter; and those that teach us not to bow as need­less, are Blind Guides.

6. None shall Preach, That they that go about to Change the Laws and Government of the Church and Ceremonies, would at last change the Religi­on too.

7. None shall Preach, That it is as Lawful for a Woman, if she dislike her Husband, to leave him, and take another; as for one to go out of his Parish, to hear another Minister: And that to go to another Church, is as the sin of Witch­craft and Idolatry. And threfore,

8. None shall Declare against A Preaching Ministry, by affirming, That to Preach nothing but Scripture without Authority of the Fathers, was like the Devils Sheering of Hoggs; a great Cry, but a little Wool. Or use that vile Comparing of painful Ministers to Pedlars and Ballad Singers, that have most Company; when rich Merchants have but few.

9. None shall dare to gainsay or contradict Extempore Praying; and compare those that use it, and enlarge themselves therein with (im) per­tinent Expressions, to Baals Priests, who Thought to be heard for their much bawling.

These, and such like Tenents and Speeeches in Sermons, held & preached by our late Ministers, were severely taken notice of, & severely reprehended by silencing such destructive Persons, and Sequestring and Plundering Them and Theirs: Nay, if we could not find them erring in their Words, we way-laid them in their Actions, and were soon ready to pick holes in their Coats. 'Twas easy enough to say, they were Popishly Affected, Drunk­ard, Superstitious Adorers at the Alter, or Name of JESƲS, Swearers, Whore-mongers, Adulterers, Ale-house haunters, Malignants, Enemies to the Cause, and the like; and we did their Work. Out we turned them Head and Shoulders, Bag and Baggage, to shift for themselves. And then [Page 10]all care was taken that fit Persons of our own Select Fraternity enjoy'd the Benefice or Cure.

My Brethren, that is the way we must go, not dally with them, but handle them without Mittins. We must thwack their Cassocks; and rat­tle their Jackets. We must stamp upon the Panch of their Villany, and squeeze out the Garbish of their Iniquity. And dare they resent our Pro­ceedings with unnecessary Interrogatories and unwelcome Reasonings, they shall have Rehoboams Answer, Our Fathers (the Bishops) chastized you with Whipps, but we will Chastize you with Scorpions, &c. For the same Power, which was lately resident in an Arch-Bishop, is inherent and of Divine Right in a Presbyter. Ay, if they repine and call our Proceedings unreasonable, we must put our Vincent Skale-skie, Humphrey Bang-Priest, and Curtiss Claw-Clergy upon their Backs. That Speculum Crape-Gownorum was an excellent means to vilify their Doctrine and Parts; and then a Fig for their Persons. Oh! 'Twas pitty, pitty—Heretofore, Brethren, we pro­ceeded by a better way, by a two fold Authority, we had 1. a Commission from Sir Simon Synod at Westminster; and 2. Resolves of the then Commons Dissem­bled in Parliament, concerning all such Ministers, who should directly or indirectly Preach or Pray against our Power or Proceedings: We took Cognizance of them, and deemed and adjudged them Delinquents, and within the respective Orders, Ordinances and Acts touching Sequestrati­on, as to their Ecclesiastical Benefices and Stipends: So that in a matter of Seven Years time, a General Bill of Mortality being drawn up of those Ministers who were defunct by reason of our Contagious Breath, the to­tal amounted to One Hundred and Fifteen, who were Sequestred, where­of above Forty Doctors in Divinity; their Goods we Plundered, and turn­ed out their Families. Reformation (Beloved) could not have been wrought, but by these means, they were rooted in, and ere we could plant good Seed, these Weeds must be pluckt up. And then we wisely Ordered the Directory for Worship; Classical Presbyteries, and Congregational Elder­ships; Then had we our faithful painful Ministers, and such as Preacht in Season, and out of Season.

Having propounded this excellent Method for Reformation of Church-Ministers, I proceed.

The Ingens Opus, and true Master-Piece of all, now calls aloud for your quickned Attention, inflamed Zeal, and well-setled Endeavours; I mean, the Discreet Election of an Able and sincere Pastor, whose Model I have con­ceived briefly thus.

He must not proceed from Wales, or either of the Ʋniversities; for then we shall never understand him: Nor yet from Jericho, lest the Gravity of his Beard give us cause to suspect the Truth of his Enthusiasms and Inspira­tions: But he shall be a smooth, sweet young Man, well descended (not from Levi, but) from the Tribe of Gad, or Man-asses, and trained up in Amster­dam, Geneva, the Isle of Silly, or (if you please) in our own Neighbourhood, where we have good Choice of such, whose Mechanick Professions have left them to make the Pulpit (as others do their Swords) their quum nemini. —Here are Felt-Makers, that can roundly deal with the Blockheads, and Newtral Demi-casters of the World. Coblers, who can give good Rules for upright Walking, and handle Scripture to a Bristle: Coachmen, who know how to lash the Beastly Enormities, and curb the Head-strong Insolencies of this [Page 11] Bruitish Age; stoutly exhorting us to stand up for the Truth, lest the Wheel of Destruction roundly over-run us. We have Weavers, that can sweetly ly inform us of the Shittle-swiftness of the Time, and practically tread out the Vicissitude of all Sublunary Things, till the Web of our Life be cut off. And here are Merchants of my Profession, who can separate the pieces of Damnation from those of Salvation, measure out every Man's Portion, and cut it out by a Thread; Substantially pressing their Points, till they have fashionably finisht up their Work, with a well-bottom'd Conclusion.

Out of this Gross Heap (wherewith we are so comfortably surrounded) we may pick such a One, that with a Stentorian Voice (making more use of his Lungs and Nose, than Nature requires) shall reprove our Sins in that kind and measure, as we would have him; Shall couragiously sound an Alarum to Battail; shall tell us the Events of our Actions before they're be­gun, by expounding Old Visions and Prophecies, better than he that was in Pathmos: He shall not need to Travel for Orders to the Prelatical Hierar­chy, He shall receive Orders from Ʋs. I have drawn up some of them al­ready for him, and by these you may judge of the Whole; Ex pede Her­culem, ex ungue Leonem, as we use to say.

His Habit shall be a High-crown'd Hat, or (to follow the present Mode, to avoid an Ʋndecent Pointing at) a Low-crowned, narrow-brim Hat, a black Leather Callot-Cap, a sad Medley-Cloak, and Jerkin of the same, Violet Hose, and Russet stockings.

His Landress shall evidence his Hatred of White-Linnen, by his little Coller'd-Band; and his Barber shall so roundly indent his Head, that our Eyes may as well see his Ears, as our Ears hear his Doctrine.

In his Fathomless Prayers, he shall dispence with the Third Command­ment; and take the Lord's Name in vain ex tempore, cutting out more Work for God in an Hour and an half, than a sober Man can expect ever to be performed by Him that is Most Wise: And if at any time (forgetting him-self) he Pray for the King's Majesty, it shall be with such Distracti­ons and Dilemma's, that we can hardly distinguish it from Treason.

His Text must never be divided, (We shall make sufficient Divisions a­mongst our selves) but he shall wander from it, as if it were not a Tan­gible Body; only in Case of pure Necessity, he may (for a Moment) make it a Place of Retreat, and then frisk abroad again.

His Ʋnderstanding shall be free from all Liberal Arts and Sciences, his Conversation from all Humanity, and his Discourse from all Figures, ex­cept Hysteron and Proteron, Hyperbole, Tautalogia, and other Flowers of the like Scent and Colour.

He shall use no Language, but his Mother-Tongue, and the Hebrew, (if he hath attained to it) making choice of his Authors accordingly; such as Aben Ezra, Rabbi David Kimchi, and the rest.

He must abominate the Greek Fathers, Chrysostome, Basil, and all the Bundle of such Ʋnwholsome Herbs: Also the Latines, whom the Pope-bel­lied Gray-beards of the Town call St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, &c. The in­tricate School-men, as Aquinas, and our Devilish Learned Country-man, Alexander Halensis, shall not come within the Sphere' of his Torrid Brain, lest his Pia Mater be confounded with their subtle Distinctions; but, by special Dispensation, he may (for Names-sake) cast an Eye sometimes up­on [Page 12] Scotus; and (when he hath Marryed a Sisster) upon Cornelius a Lapide.

His English Authors should be curiously cull'd also: He must not so much as name Whitgift, Boyes, Hooker, Stillingfleet; nor any of the Rab­ble of Anti-Presbyters or Conformists: But his Chief Guides shall be Knox, Browne, Barrow, Buchanan, Robinson, Baxter, and (whom I had e'en for­got) that never sufficiently honoured and admired Howes, (not the Chro­nologer, but) one of our late and best Translators. He was a Man, that feared not to come close to the Heels of Truth: He was a Laborious Ap­plyer of strong Points to the Last, and had always a Lift or two for the Back-slider: If any stood stubbornly on his Pantofles, he would work him as pliable as Wax: If there were a Schism in his Charge, both his Hands and Awl should make up the Breach in a Zealous Contraction. He well observed the Foot-steps of his Auditory, and grafted much Goodness into those, that had gone aside; driving his Holy Instigations so home, that where­soever they went, they were sensible of them: In a word, He was the Hammer of all Humane Learning, a most Industrious Converter of Soales; and, in a short Space, did set forth more Works in Oxes-Hides, than old Tostatus did in all his Life. Oh! —I can never mention his Name, nor visit his Monument in Finsbury, but these Spiritual Pangs surprize me— Oh! —He is gone! He is gone! But there is still Heavenly Comfort provi­ded for Us, and our Posterity, by the daily Preaching of his Learned Suc­cessors; and their Judicious and Pious Works, the great Artichects of the Partition-Wall: True Herods in their Consciencious Observance of the Sacred Covenant, though 'twere to the utter Destruction of Themselves and Others. And now heartily thanking you (Holy Brethren) for your present Patience, I will proceed where I left.

When our Souls are blest with a Doctor of these, and the like rare Qualifications, the next considerable will be his Stipend, (for this Oxe will not be muzzled) which I conceive (under Favour) should be the Ampler, in regard there will be little or no Use of him for Weddings, Churchings and Burials; which, in these our Purblind Times, yields the Incumbent (as the Lawyers call him) a Comfortable Revenue. I think well (with Submission to your Judgments) that we advance him to Forty Marks per Annum; but with this Proviso, that our Benevolent Sisters shall not be inhibited their Voluntary Contribution of Money (their good Husbands knowing nothing of it) and Plate, (if their Cupboards afford it) Linnen, and other Necessaries; which, I am confident, will amount to twice as much. This was the meer Motion of my Reverend Mother, and Dear Sister: And truly, I judge too very well motion'd; for This, with the Charitable Collection from the Saints on Week-day's Lectures, (according to St. Paul's Institution, 1 Cor. 16.) will be a very pretty Competency, and shall maintain his Dear Consort, the Lady Presbyter, as Modish as the fi­nest Lady Bishop of them all.

And whereas we never continue long in any one Opinion, but seperate daily, from seperation to seperation; I hold it expedient, that once in every Fourteen Days, (which shall be the New and Full of the Moon, the true Moderatrix of our Brains) we have a Solemn Meeting in my Sanctified Parlour; where our Prophet shall give us a Concise Exhortation of two Hours long, or such a matter; and then we may Admonish him of such things, as in the matter or manner of his former Labours, were not correspondent [Page 13]to our Humours; and may direct him (for the future) how long, how broad, how high and how deep he shall teach us, how gently or tartly he shall handle our Sores, and when he shall restrain, when enlarge our Liberty. And then refreshing our selves in a Christian manner, with a chirping Cup of Canary, and such good things as the Gentlewomen Priscilla and Dorcas will minister to us (being Devoutly Consecrated by a long winded Benedicti­on) every one shall depart home with such precise Heedfulness, as may pre­vent the scurrilous Tongues of the Malignant Tories; for I must tell you, we have a sort of scoffing Ishmaelites, that will undertake to see Sin, where God cannot, and with their black Mouths, will Persecute the Meekest Isa­ac upon Earth. Witness their strict putting in Execution their Commissi­ons to disturb our Publick Meetings, and their scandalous stigmatizing us by their Popish Pamphlets; but I think we are pretty even with them in this last particular, though our Pockets sometimes pay for it. Witness our dear Baldwin, Smith, and Beloved Janeway, &c.

These with some other things (I know not well what) are the Compen­dium of my Thoughts, leaving nothing material to the Care of my Suc­cessours, but the Subversion of the Cross-Isle, the demolishing of the Arches (if without danger it be feisible) and the Turning of the Main structure North and South, (which now most offensively stands East and West) or taking it all asunder for a purer Edification. However though we are now such Beasts to turn Stables into Churches, yet let us abhor turning Churches into Stables; we will rather choose the former.

Now only remains that in a pretty Diminutive Vote, you please to give your Brotherly Assent unto the Premisses.

Never was Vestry shaken with such a Thunderclap! The Air seldome suf­fers such a Holy Violence: Your loud Christian Clamor brought this Earth into such a fit of Trembling, that (I am partly perswaded) the Graves were in some doubt they should be dispossest of their Guests: But I am sure this Gale hath driven out Billowes of joyful Tears at my Eyes, and blown my Zeal into an extinguishable Conflagation, which had well nigh pufft me up into another Extasy. This is Vis Ʋnita indeed, that can set all the Elements on Work thus at a Clap. Your unanimous Approbation (my Zealous Brethren) Obligeth my extreamest Abilities to the Prosecution of my Intendments, resolving as long as the Old Word (Magistratus indicat virum) stands firm, my Demeanor shall express me to the Life, and make the Whigg as Famous to Posterity, as the Roundhead.

And if the well tun'd Vox Populi of this Precinct shall Honour me to be your Common-Council-Man, my Learned Oratory in Guild-Hall, and Pi­ous Devotion in the whole Service, shall render me as Pragmatical and Phanatical a Member in the Civil Government, as possibly I am or can be in the Ecclesiastical.

Of which you may expect shortly an Account.

—Semel Insanivimus Omnes.

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