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Faith in that particular, and not take it amisse, if seeing the feebleneste of bis Arguments, and their infufficiency for the producing of such a change, they suspect it was done by the power of interest, which is so secret an affaire, and its mechod so crypticall

, and the waies of ferving it so various, that no wise man will believe it impolsible, and I am sure the contexture of his Discourse, and the manner of his processe doth not render it at all incredible: And there considerations inclined me to Silence : Bur on the other side wben I considered, that the hand of foab sufficiently appears in the penning of this Epistle, that it was a collection of the strengeb of more Learned Writers, and a conjunction ofabler heads then his own, who were resolved in this occasion and instance, to represent what could in briete be said to per: Swade unsetled persons to change their Religion; and (whatever other mens opinions are ) what a reverend esteem the Author hath of it, who tels us be far reafon enough to believe it could not be Answered, pag. 88. and that he challengech ic as a piece of justice to hew bim his errors, I thought it not amissc to take some notice of it, knowing that if what I should say were unfucceísefull to him, yet it would not be unacceptable to God, ( since we are a {weit savour of God in them that believe and in them that perifto ) and that if I were not an instrument of Gods mercy to him, in reducing him to the truth from which he hath revolted, yet I should be an instrument of Gods Justice and a witnesse on Gods be: halfe to leave him without excuse,

In one thing I must crave Mr Everards pardon, if I do not take bis Counsell in Answering him xerai Todes and setting down each of his Paragraphs before the severa [I Answers : It is a course which I confefse I do not approve of in the answering of other Authors, because it yurs a man into personall contests, and petite animad

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verfions, and catching at little advantages, and so expends the auswerers paines, and the readers patience, and the

buyers mony to no purpose. And if I did like it in fome f others, yet really he must excufe me if I do not esteen

him so clafficall an Author, nor bis Epistle so weighty a Discourse, as to deserve such folemne consideration: Yer this I thall promise him (and I call God co witnesse it ) that I fhall not wilfully decline any part of it, wherein bis ftrength may lic, but shall indeavour to the utmost of my poor skill to single out such things as are most plaufible and confiderable, and such, as if they be solidly Anfwered, the rest will fall of course, or need no further trouble.

What I have to say, I shall reduce to two heads. 1.Perfonall; -2. Dogmaticall. The firft I shall passe over in few words, because it concernes not the merits of the cause, and yet it is not convenient wholly to neglect it, because it is set forth was noga@s painoas, and Mr Evin rard (whom I would by no means deprive of his due praise ) hach shewed wit and art in it; fomething therefore must be faid to difabufe fuch as are too apt to be deceived with good words and faire speeches, and the influence of examples : And if there be fome seeming barshnesse in my expressions, it must not be ascribed to my cemper (which my friends will affoyle me from ) or principles, or hatred of Mr Everard, (a person known to

me nec beneficio, nec injuriâ ) bar to the ditcharge of my À duty (which is to rebuke fuch as he is iworów Tharply)

and the necessary caution of others; My personall re. flections fhall onely be two. The first upon the quality of the person; The fecond, The occafion and manner oftbe change. 3

1. As for the quality of the person, I must confesse I am not at all surprized with the Apostacy (for so I must call it with $. Paul, 1 Tim. 4.1. and 2 Thef: 2.3.) of a per

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son of his character, as we have ic drawn by his own peot pag. 4.; When I profeff my felfe againft - Infant-Baptisme, I had run through almaft (if not altogerber) all the severalt Prof lions of Christianity then appearing in this Kingdovine. It is no new thing chat a giddy beaded man should get a fall : It is no more then was long since foretold, and this day in this person those Scriptures are fulfilled which tell us, that the unlearned and unstable should west the Scripture (as this Epistler most horribly doch) to their own. diftruction, 2 Pet. 3.16. - Tbat such as received not the Truth in the love of it,feld be given up to strong delafers 10 believe lies, 2 Thes. 2. 10;11. cbat fuch as were ever. learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth should be led away, 2 Tim. 3.6,7. that evill men and for ducers (as he now acknowledgech he was ) should was. worse and worse, deceiving and being decrived, verf.13. that anstable foules should be beguiled; 2 Pet.13.:

It is not at all (trange, that he chac despised the persons, vilified the function, contemned and forfook che guidance of able and faithfull Protettant Ministersz by whom he might have been easily antidoted against this Infection, should be betrayed inno che hands of Romish Prieks: It is not ftrange that be that loved to wanderi Thould antiquun obiinere, and having passed thorough all the variecies which England affords, should gratity! his temper and follow his inclinacions to fee what newes at Rome : In the meane time it concernes all Prote: stants, and especially persons of the fame complexion and condition, with fear and reverence to behold the just and tremendous judgment of God opon uósetled and unstable, Christians, and such as are given to change, whileft they see these smaller rivulets of lefser errors leading to che dead Sea of damnable delusions: And as we have many wpfull instances of poore deluded Souls, that having wandred from party to party , from opinion to opinion,

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from congregation to congregation, have at last been swallowed up, fome in the gulfe of downrighe Atheifme, others of the beforeing dorages of the Quakers; to we have here an instance of one whom the fame wildnelse

and wantonnesle of opinion hath betrayed to Popish imI postures. 36biti sind 033

The second personall reflection concernes the occasion i and manner of his change which in briefe is chis, as him

felte represents it pag:5, 6, &c. He falls into the compainy and acquaintance of a Lay-Papist (which he had beeir

allwaies told and so supposed that they were an ignoranc y Generation and he propofeth and presech an ArguPengement, which the Captain could not Antwer, and there

fore submits and borrowes two or three Popish Books from that Gentleman (viz. t les question of questions ; Fiar lax,and Knors answer to Chillingiporibyland fo the work is done, my:Capcaine is conquer'd, and become a Papift, or (ftitoi nou) a Roman Catholick: Upon this

relacion I fhati cake the boldnesse to make chefe following + Animadvertions5 , ,

91. In generally, it is very observable low easily he gives up the cause, how valiantly the Captaine fought in the field i know not, but sure I am, if he fought ac the fame rate thar here he disputés, no man could desire an easier adverfary. Happily because he was about co come mence into a beliefe of the unbloody Sacrifice of the

Malfe, he was resolved his Aotagoniit should not have sa bloody victory: I fhall adventure to commend this

parterne as an effectuall receic to make Papists, and (that: you may fee it is a plugpisov if not a termico ince don') it will indifferently serve to make Turks, Jewes, Pagans; or Hest reticks of any kind : Let a person unlearned or unftudied in the point he debates ( such as none that read this relacion will deny this Author to have been unlesse they be fuch chemselves) enter the lists with some able

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Champion of the adverse party (a Charader which the Captaine bimself ascribes to his then Antagonist, and when he meets with an objection that himselfe cannot Apswer, let him conclude it unanswerable (which our Aachor did) and read two or three fucb Books as his Adversary shall put into his hand, if this do not speedily and effectually work che cure, he may be given over for desperate,

2. Though to determine that this supposed conversion was a plotted businesse, may seem an intrusion into the Divine prerogative to judge the heart, yet this I may safely say,that it looks so like a plot that it requires more then an ordinary charity to believe it was noc: For as the Philosopher well observes, no man muft (and no ferie ous man will ) forsake a solid and well grounded Truth, for some subtill objection suggested by a crafty disputer, which he cannot answer ; If it was not a designed thing, bow can it be imagined, that in a matter of Salvation and damnation, he fhould be so groffely negligent in the use of means to come to the knowledge of the Truth and Ebe answering of bis Objection?. Otherwise who can believe that he would not bave addrefled himself to some able Protestant Minister or Scholar co see whether he could Answer it, (unleffe péradventure, through the pride of his heart he scorned che advice of Ministers, and thoughe himself wiser chen bis Teachers, and then no wonder such pride bad a fall); or would he not by the direction of some knowing Protestants have rather searched into fome Protestant Books for an Answer , (as here he falls upon the reading of Popish Authors by the advice of a Papist.) if he really were a Protestant ac chat time when he pretended to be coz for if this Capcaine had understood those controversies,and ipent that time in the reading of the solid Books of excellent Protestant Authors, and grounding himself in the Principles of Reli

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