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ERRATUM. Page 95, column 1, line 19, for “ seems implicitly,” read seems not implicitly.
Original Letters of Richard Baxter, William Penn and Dr. (afterwards
Archbishop) Tillotson. SINCE we printed in our last (pp. An hour in a day is as much as I can Letters of William Penn's to Richard the most (though rarely it fall out Baxter,” from the MSS. in Dr. Wil- otherwise); besides, that my nights liams's Library, we have found in the and days being usually spent in pain, same collection two more letters be- little do I know beforehand which will longing to the correspondence, which be my day of ease (though I have had we regret that we did not discover in more in this place than usual). I told time to bring into their proper places you, I think to remove speedily, and in the series. Baxter's Letter is an hope to preach the next Lord's.day, answer to Penn's, which we have num- and dare not disable anyself by anobered I., and was written on the same ther day's talk with you before it ; day; and Penn's Letter is a reply to bat after, I shall be ready at the first this of Baxter's. Both letters, there- opportunity (which is not at my comfore, should come in before the Letter mand). Where I shall be, I know of Penn's, which is numbered II. not; perhaps in the common gaol, There is still a break in the corre- where one now lyeth for preaching for spondence, which, perhaps, research me. I am driven to part with house, in other places may supply. It will goods and books, and am going naked be seen that the passage quoted by out of the world, as I came naked into Mr. Clarkson is part of Peon's letter it; and if you and the prelates conwhich we have recovered, and that the junct could have satisfied me that I biographer was wrong (as we ourselves "might leave this calling, you would also were) in supposing that this was greatly accommodate my flesh. When part of a letter at the close of the I meet you, I must tell you it will be controversy. We regret to add, that with less hope of candour from you, the compliment paid by Penn's bio- or benefit to you than yesterday I did, grapher to his "spirit towards Ri- for 1 perceive in you a designing, perchard Baxter, appears from this do- secuting spirit, and that you know cument not to be merited. Both these not what manner of spirit you are of. eminently good men were infected Was it not like a mere design to with the polemical temper of the age, choose to meet so near to dinnerand their hard words must not be time, as thinking I could not have rigidly interpreted, or understood to held out fasting till night, that you inean as much as the same language might have the last word, and take would in the present day, when the that for a victory, and say, as some improvements in knowledge have soft- did to the Anabaptists, they run.? Is it ened the asperities of theological con- any better now to call me to another troversy.
bout to-morrow, that my disability
to speak as long as you might seem From Richard Baxter to William can I have of that man that will say
to be your victory? And what hope Penn.
and unsay as you did, and of that man “I shall stand to the offer which I that hath within him a spirit which made of another day's conference, judgeth the ministry, which laboured (God willing !) but not at your ap- twenty years ago, to be the most corpointed time nor at your rates. "I rupt and persecuting in the world, suppose I need not tell you that it (not excepting the Papists, Inquisiwas an extraordinary case with me tors, nor, I think, the Mahometans,) to be able to hold out seven hours and who so oft pronounceth them no yesterday, and do you think seriously ministers of Christ that take tithes or that I can do the like to-morrow hire, which is almost all the Christian
world, not only of this, but of all cause to degrade and separate from former ages these 1300 years, and almost all the Christian churches of from the apostles' day also they took the world: he that will say that wicka constant maintenance till then, edness is more where there is a clergy though not constrained by inagistrates than where there is none (that is, (because none were Christians): he among cannibals and other heathens): that hath a spirit which would rid he that can say that the Christian Christ of almost all his church and religion is our conformity to the spirit, ministers, and say that they are none and not to a catalogue of doctrines of his, and would have all people think (and so, if that spirit be the universal as odiously of them as you by calumny sufficient light within men, that all described them : he that would have the heathen and infidels in the world all men take all those as so bal, that are Christians, and that there are as is as hateful, and then say that he many Christian religions as there are speaketh for love, (when there is no men of different sizes of the spirit or way to preach down love and preach light) : he that can find in his heart up hatred, but by persuading men of thus to reproach even a suffering mithe hateful evil of the persons): he nistry, when we are stript of all and that will so far justify that spirit, bunted about for preaching, and to that at the rise of Quakery so barba- join them with them that preach withrously railed at the best of God's ser- out tithes or any hire or pay, with the vants that ever I knew in the land, rest reproached, and while he swims yea, that will so far justify James himself in wealth, to insult over the Nayler, whose tongue was bored for "poor, and falsely to profess that he blasphemy, yea, that can find in his will give all that he hath to the needy, heart to wish to draw other men to if they want it more than he (which wish that not only all the ministers of the event, I think, will prove hypothis day that take tithes, but of all crisy and untrue) : he that dares join former days and places, had been dis- with these that he calleth persecutors, owned and deserted, and would have yea, with papists, drunkards and unnot only the 1800 Nonconformists godly men in reviling and accusing silenced, but all the settled ministry this same ministry just as they do, of the land, that there might be none and when God is love, and Christ and of them to make opposition to igno. his Spirit is so much for unity, is him. rance, ungodliness or popery, but the self so much for malice and division, few woeful Quakers might be all the as to separate from almost all the teachers that the land should have: Christian world :-- This man is not he that could so unjustly run over the one that I can have any great hopes late horrid usurpations, rebellious of a fair or protitable conference with. overturnings and Hatteries, (of which But I will once more meet him (if sectaries, who were much of his own able) only for two hours' conference, spirit, were the great cause,) and but cannot do it to-morrow or this charge that on the clergy as a reason week. It's like enough that for want to prove them no ministers of Christ, of a better cause, he will tell his poor which not one of ten or twenty of the followers, that this is a flight, and he now Nonconformists, nor one of forty might as honestly challenge me to try of the Conformists (but such sectaries) the strength of our legs in running a had a hand in, yea, that which multi- race with him to know who is in the tudes of the reviled ministers ven- right, as to do it by trying the strength tured their estates and lives against: of our lungs : but after the next bout, he that can persuade the people of supposing him to continue in his sin, the land to so great thievery as not to I will obey the Spirit, which saith, pay those tithes which they never had 'A man that is an heretic, after the property in, nor paid rent for, but by first and second admonition avoid, the law are other men’s, as much as knowing that he that is such is contheir lands and goods, and calls it demned of himself' (he excommunipersecution to constrain men so to cateth himself from the church, and pay their debts and give every one his need not be condemned by the own, yea, and make this requiring of church's excommunicatory sentence); their own to be a proof that they are but it must be that heresies arise, no ministers of Christ, and a sufficient that they that are approved may be