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and OIXH&., and signify such as have an immediate gelation to us, or dependance upon us) " he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an iniidcl, 1 Tim. v. 8. An heavy charge, but a true one 1 lor insidels always walked by this rule, and according as men stood more 01 less nearly related to them, by natural or. political ties, made; them more or less the objects ot" their compassion and bounty. And thus, therefore, speaks a wisei heathen; * Optime, Jocietas bomtnum . ouj.inEiioque. Jiervabitur, Ji, ut quisque erit coiijiin£hJsimit!. ttn in eum Benignitatis plurimum conseretw. There is a mixture of charity and justice, in this proceeding; and the one of these serves to heighten and. beautify the other.

The abund iqceof many of those, before whonaj I stand, is, I doubt not, owing to the church; I do not mean to the revenues of it; (for the instance* of great fortunes raised from thence, since the reformation, are but sew, and God forbid there should be many !) but to the pious care, that their good fathers, more nearly sensible of their ob!i-. gations in this respect than common parents, took of their education ; and to the religious, thriving principles, which they instilled into them; and, perhaps,' to the immediate blelfing of God, upon their honest industry and labour, on the aeccount of the very stock from which they came. Into that church, therefore, should their abundance, when it flows over, regularly empty itself, and refresh the bowels of some of their poor brethren. Au the rivers (says S demon J run int*

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the sea : uite the place srom .whence the riverscame, thither they return aguin. Eccles. i. 7 Let us go Tern our charitable distributions by this pa'tern, which nature hath fit us, and maintain, in like manner, a mutual circulation of Benesits and returns!

So will this excellent charity make larger and quicker advances, than it hath hitherto done; so will it recommend itself to others, who are not of our body, and who, how well soever disposed Ihey may be towards the order, do not think they Are concerned to take more care of us, than wd take of ourselves; so will the only plausible object tion of the church of Rome againstta married cler-' gy, in due time, vanish, when another generation of men shall see this charity, in conjunction with the royal bounty, extending itself to the wants of as many as have need of it.

Which that it may do, God of his insinite mercy grant, through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

To .whom, .with the Father and ti.e Holy Spirit, be rendred all might, majesty, and dominion, not* *nd sor ever>

CONCIO C ON C I O

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C L E R U M

LONDINENSEM,

Habita in

Ecclcsia S. ELPHEGI,

MAII Xvii, A. D. Mdccix. Vol. XL C c

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Keverendis in Christo Fratribus

SlONENS I S. CojLLEGII S O C f 1 S, A t c^y E Ecclcsiarum Londinensiuni tASfOftlBUt

CtOlLfGfl sioftri fWiiaWrinocerttpropo. / fitum, quod et supremis tabulis testatum reliquit, ut, celebratis frequentius cleri conventibus, permistisque eonsiliisr et "Evangclicæ doc"trinæ veritati, et mutuo inter fratres amori "optime" consuleretur. Huic instituto ut fatisiseret, a riie qiiidem hac concione tentarum est; d vobis autem esfectum, cum quam ego, hauftam e facris Iitiris de regpm lure in. subditos sententiam defendendam su)ceperirp,eidcm et vos, frateinis ariimiS usqtiequaque corlsentientes habuerim. Rttulit enim mihi, qui rum coetui nostro

f>ræsidebat, vir integerrimus, traditam a me e uggesio doctrinam et comprobasse vos, et, ut in publicum exiret, unO ore postulavisse: Quorum alterum cum, ecclesiæ nostræ et reipublicæ caufa, mihi esset gratiffimum, alteri certe non erat repugnandum.

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Habete itaque, Viri prxjlantijjimi, quam expe''4ivislis, concionem; ca pane etiam qua prius mancaerat, auctam atqueabsolutam: Quæ enim, ..apagina 335 usque ad Uncis includuntur,

..•cum orationi, intra horæ unius spatium contra.hendæ, inseri non possent, ut jam editæ accederent, curavi. Hæc autem, tanquam judicio vcstro atque testimonio munita, lectori minime exhibeo: Eodem tamen silo, quo ea quæ audivistis, contexta cum sint iisdem plane funda mentis subnixa; cætera qui probaverint, ne hæc improbent .n,on est magnopere extimescendum.

Faxit Deus, que afferuntur a nobis, ut stabiliendæ Pauli doctrinæ, ut tuendæ regum dignitati, Pacique publicæ conservandæ,ut denique tollendis iis, quæ, in re omnium exploratiffima, non absque Christiani nominis labe, nunc gliscunt, controversies aliquatenus inserviant! Ad istiusinodi certe lites sedandas vestra omnium, fratres, conienflo, ac communis sollicitudo, et valuit semper, 'et valebit plurimum: Præsertim cum venerandi admodum in Ghristo patris nostri, Episcopi Lon«iint nsis, curis, atque consiliis respondeat. C^uas cum ita sint, hortatio non est necessai ia; gratulatione magis utendum est. l.iceat itaque mihi verbis ignatianis vos affari—ye( a^moiixroi vitu* nrio

Cvhgtov, rov^&tov a%tiv., ovTc..itrvvrgi,c4riTuE.ritrx.ora, ac fat xtBaga Sia T0ut0, Iv Tx o/Aovoia vitav, 5 trvis.pavu ayaxtt X^irtfff Mtlst.

Ut ita semper in rebus ad deum pertinentibus •fentiatis, ita Christianam veritatem tueamini con«ordiam foveatis, precatur

Conservus tester in Domini nostro,
Christo Jesu,
C c 2 Fr- Atterbury.

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