Of several of the People called
In and about the CITY of LONDON.
We being mis-represented to the
1. As such, as are opposite to Magistracy.
2. That we would destroy the Publick Ministry of the Nation, who differ from us in some
things about Religion.
3. That we do countenance the people called Quakers, in their irregular practise.
4. That we endeavour a Toleration of miscarriages in things Ecclesiastical and Civil,
under pretence of Liberty of
5. That we design to murder and destroy those who differ from us in matters of Religion,
thereby endeavouring to make us odious to some people fearing God, And also to incense the
rude Multitude against us, to provoke them (if possible) to destroy us.
To the first: Though we cannot answer in justification of every individual person that is
of our Profession in matters of Religion, yet we can say this, and prove it to all the
world, that it hath been our profession, and is our practise, to be obedient to Magistracy
in all things Civil, and willing to live peaceably, under whatever Government is, and
shall be established in this Nation: for we do believe, and declare, Magistracy to be an
ordinance of God, and ought to be obeyed in all lawful things.
To the second: As for the public Ministers of the Nation, who differ from us in the matter
of Baptizing Infants, and some things in Church-Government; We are so far from endevouring
to destroy them, that we judge, they ought to have the Liberty of their Consciences
therein; and that it is our duty to stand by them, and preserve them (so much as in us
lies) from all injury and violence.
To the third: Concerning the people called Quakers, it is well known to all, (that are not
wilfully ignorant) there are none more opposite to their irregular practices then we are:
nor are there any, that they have exprest more Contradiction to, (in matters of Religion)
then against us; though their provocations therein, hath not put us (in the least) on a
desire of depriving them their just Liberty, while they live morally honest, and peaceable
in the Nation.
To the forth: Whereas we are further charged with endeavouring an universal Toleration of
all miscarriages, both in things Religious and Civil, under pretense of Liberty of
Conscience; it is in both respects notoriously false. And we do before the Lord, that
shall judge both quick and dead, yea, before Angels and men, declare our utter detestation
of such a Toleration; for in matters Civil, we desire there may not be the least
Toleration of miscarriage in any, much less in our selves.
Nor do we desire, in matters of Religion, that Popery should be tolerated, the bloud of
many thousands of the people of God, having been barbarously shed, by the Professors
thereof; or any persons tolerated, that worship a false god; nor any that speak
contemptuously and reproachfully of our Lord Jesus Christ; nor any that deny the holy
Scriptures, contained in the books of the Old and New Testaments, to be the Word of God:
And yet, we are not against tolerating of Episcopacy, Presbytery, or any stinted form,
provided they do compel any others to a compliance therewith, or a conformity thereunto:
for whatever Composers of any form of worship, may possibly erre; it is derogating from
God, and his holy Word, and injurious to men, to compel any to practice thereof.
To the last: For as much as we are charged, with designs, to murder or to destroy those
that differ from us in matters of Religion; We do not only abhor and detest it, as a
cursed practice; but we hope, have approved our selves, both in this City and in this
Nation, to the contrary; notwithstanding the great provocation of some, who have
endeavoured our ruine: for all we desire, is just liberty to men, as men; that every man
may be preserved in his own just rights, and the Christians may be preserved as
Christians, though of different Apprehensions in some things of Religion; in the
prosecution whereof, our lives shall be dear unto us, when we are thereunto lawfully
called. The designs of our Adversaries in these Calumnies, are, to mis-represent us to
some people fearing God, and also, to incense the rude Multitude against us, purposely to
provoke them (if possible) to destroy us.
We hope, hereby, it will appear to them that fear God, that we are no such persons, as our
Adversaries have represented us, And for their incensing the rude Multitude against us, it
is no more, than some others did to our Master; and it is not for the Disciples, to expect
better usage then their Lord: and we do not find, the rude Multitude ever joyned with him,
nor do we expect, they should favour us: it is enough to us, we have his Promise, that if
we suffer with him, we shall also reign with him.
This we think meet to Declare, to undeceive those, who through the unchristian actions and
expressions of some persons, have been, and are, prejudiced against us.
Printed for Livewell Chapman, at the Crown in Popes-Head-Alley, 1659.
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