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verf. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20. What Ordinances ? u · The Ordinances, say I, of the World, that
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Be silent, William, henceforward, and charge us no more, with that 'thou lovest and Arivest to make us guilty of, viz. Disobedience, as thou call'It it, to what Christ has not forbidden : For if thou canst bring no Command from him for thy Law of Tithes, it must then necessarily follow, that 'cis but a Rudiment of the World, and a Command of Men, and not after Christ. So then it's clear, we are forbidden to Touch, Taste, or Handle of any such things ; neither dare we presume to do it, whatsoever we suffer.
Yet this I say, That did you bound your Laws and Ways of Maintenance for your Priests and Clergy, so as to content your selves with what they that Hear you, and Receive you, and are of your Faith, and only they, do either give freely, or pay in submission to the Laws made by themselves; and let us alone, that are neither of youș Church,' so called, nor can hear or own you, then you would shew some Moderation. For we are not at all to
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be forced and constrained to receive and follow you against our Faith, over which no, Man hath Power, or ought to compelus against it : For what is not of Faith, is Sin; and no Man ought to force another Man to fin, or else to suffer": Consider of it, and do as tbors would't be done by; for that is the Law and the Prophets, faith Christ, who is more than all; being Purity, Righteousness, and Truth it self, and admits of nothing contrary thereunto. 1,*.. 'Tis true, he bad his Disciples, when he fent them forth to Preach, Mat.10.14. to shake off the Dust of their Feet, for a Testimony against those that would not receive them; and so may you, if you please : But you ought not to tread us under your feet, and trample upon us, and fling us into ffinking Holes and Jayls, as if we were no better than Dogs, because we receive you nor. Thus the Innocent is clear'd, and thou art weigh'd in the Ballance, and found wanting.
But one word more concerning G. K. because thou prayest me to explain a Passage about him : I tell thee, One of the Magistrates that was in America inform'd me how it was, viz." That be ivas put into the bands of in Officer a little while, and ordëred not to be put into tbe Prison; and when the Court return'd to the Bench, was soon after set at liberty, and all in one day : So here was a Prisoner, but not put into the Prison-House'; although he voluntarily went into the Eniry thereof, to colour che Signing of his Book from the
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Prifon, as I have head it ; fee S. I's State of ibe Case ; and that was my Meaning. But, Crocodile-like, thou watchest to catch, and in thy Envy and Malice labourest to render me more like a Devil than a Man. : Thy next is answered already in part; and I say further, That neither the Snake nor thou canst prove, that ever Ed. Burroughs was a Fighter, or for the Encouraging of any to Fight with Carnal Weapons; nor was there ever any Plot by Quakers in Lancashire, or any where else. These, and many such-like Scories, are the false Accusations, Lyes and Slanders of our Adversaries.
And as for Penn, if thou meanef William Penn, I fay, I wish thou wast as good a Man as he is; for I know him to be one that Loves and Fears God, and hath Good-Will to all Men, and is ready to his ability do them good: Yet he is far short of his Lord and Master Christ Jesus, who was above all Mankind, and is still, blessed be his Name for ever; yet he was fallly Accused, Belyed, and Mif represented by his Enemies; and if they did fo to the Green Tree, what will they do to the Dry ? . As to Bromfield, he was long since disown'd
by us : But thou askest me, May a Quaker make use of this Law for the compelling the Payment of Tithes ? Saying, If be may, how filly art thou in ürging' tbe Saying of the Jews'? If be may not, wbj doft thou permit any of iby Friends to meddle with « Revenue that, insplies a disowning that Christ is como.
To all this I answer, Firs, That I know of none such amongst us, that do meddle with any Revenue of Tithes; nor do I believe that any do, that are owned by us, as fincere Professors of our Faith: But if there should be any, which make an outward Profellion only among us, char do, I cannor help it ; nor doch Truth permit it : But I mult Leave such to God, and his Witness in their own Hearts. I take it to be very filly in thee, and to favour of an ill Mind, 10 ask me such a Question, Why I permit any of my Friends, &c? 'Tis as if i jhould retorcingly ask thee, Why dost thou per: mit any of thine to Curse, Swear, Blaspheme, Be Daunk, Commit Adultery, or the like?
Thy next is sufficiently answered ; and yet I tell chee, That there is a great difference betwixt going to Law to defend my Natural, Just Rights and Properties, and having no Right at all, but what the Law of the Land only gives me. And to all thy long Pleas for Law, Law, Law, and Obedience to Law, by which I perceive thou meanest Active Obedience, I have said enough.
As for Magistracy, we own it to be an Ordinance of God, and that Magistrates are bis Ministers, who bear not the Sword in vain ; and do declare it to be our Faith and Duty to yield Quier, Peaceable Subjection to the Queen, and all in Authority under her, and to all here. Laws, either by Doing or Suffering ;
and that not for Wrath, but consciencesake, : Thou proceedest, That wbat I argue from the Principle of Love, migbt do us great service, if we could perfwade all. Men, that it obliges them to quit their Estates to us; adding, Teach T. S. and the rest of your Brethren, to try if tbey can cajole their Landlords.' . - William, this is not the first drolling and scoffing strain I have had from thee; but what is this to thy Matter? Is not God him: self Love? And do we ever Thew any Practise, or ever preach any Doctrine, that gives just occasion for fuch Pounces as these? Have we not been as Good Payers of our Rents to our Landlords, as any Men whatsoever in the Nation Bur is this the best Answer I mut have ? It seems thou darest not venture' thy self upon the Principle of Love, in thy Case of Maintenance; no, that would not be great enough, therefore thou art for Law: But let me tell theç, They that are truly sent of God, never wanted, neither Love, nor Food and Raiment amongst their Brethren, to this Day; though they have many cimes suffer'd deeply, by some Covetous Priests and Impropriators, boch by Imprisonments, and Spoiling of Goods, as many that are yer alive 'can testifie: And therefore we esteem the present Toleration, which God hath bestowed upon us, å Great Mercy; and we arc thankful to Him and the Government, for the Favours we enjoy, and Liberty we have allowed us. But,
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