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* The King of kings, and Lord of lords, who is God of all the families of the earth, incline ... your hearts to justice, mercy, and truth.
beaten by order; others *d with bread and water if thought, than they
verily, no man' of mercy and conscience can defend your practice upon poor men so peaceable and inoffenfive. Gamaliei will rise up in judgment against you, if you persevere in this course. Do not you help to fill the catalogue of persecutors, in much love I entreat you; but as becomes Christian men and true Protestants, leave men to their particular persuasions of affairs relative of the other world, which have no ill aspect on the affairs of this; but vice hath an evil consequence as to both : therefore punish vice, and affect truth and righteousness, and bend not your civil power to torment religious Dissenters; but to retrieve good life, lamentably lost amidst the great pretences that are made to religion. Doubtless magistracy was both ordained of God, and elected by men, to be “a “ terror to evil-doers,” and not to them that do well, though of different judgments. You oppugn the Roman church for assuming infallibility to herself, and yet your own pračtice maketh you guilty of the same presumption, or worse: for either you do exercise that ieverity upon an infallible knowledge, or you do not; if you do, you take that to yourselves your principles deny to any church whatever, which is a contradiction; if you do not, you punish people for not conforming to what you yourselves deny any certainty about: and how do you know but you compel them to that which is false, as well as that which is true : Verily, this dilemma is not easily avoided, as well as ... that this inhuman practice will stain your profession, infame your government, and bring a blot upon your
posterity. - Remember that they are men, as well as yourselves, born free, and have equal plea to natural and civil common privileges with yourselves: the different perfuasion of their consciences about things relating to another life, can no ways render them unfit for this ; it neither unmans nor uncivilizes them. They have the same right to their liberty and property as ever, having by no praćtice of theirs in the least forfeited any of those human advantages, the great charters of 4. nature