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was a foil appearance of them too) was pleased to Declare {my Self standing by him, and divers Others) That he would justify my Honesty (that was, with respect to my Proceedings in the Vestry) Oh any Ground iu England.

My Adversaries thus failing of their Design, they, with one or two more, have, almost ever since that time to this, turned every Stone to Ruine me: And London Rings of their Carriage towards me. Nor hath it Satisfied them to abuse Me in the grossest manner, but they have put an intolerable Abuse upon a GreatMan or Two* for when they have been Expostulated with, for making my Life lo Vneafy, they have Endeavoured to remove all Blame from themselves, by pretending that what they had done, was in meer Obedience to their Commands. And when it was replyed (as once it was by my Self, to this Effect) Tou first instigate Great Persons by your wretched Stories, and then Hypocritically pretend that my Troubles Originally proceed from them; there was no Answer, but perfect Silence.

It might make a Competent Volume, to give an Account wnat Slanders they have devised, and Methods they have taken, from time to time, to do Me Mischief. I have a Narrative by. me of the Molestations they have given me, to about Hdf a Tear since, which I intended then to Publish, but upon Second Thoughts I judged it more prudent to hold my hand for lome time longer.

But to return to this Knavish Certificate; The Person I certified for, was one Mr. R. W. who is one of my nearest Neighbours.. The Occasion of the Certificate was This. Two of these Three ot Four Men,. who have

se so long been my Adversaries, accused this Man to me before his face (which ftir play they rarely use) of having called the Common-Prayers an Innovation, upton a Motion to have them Read, at the meeting of their Quest, in the Quest-House. Mr. W. Profesied that he • only called the Reading of them upon That Occasion so, for that never any such thing had been done before, that ever he heard of in this Parish: And that he opposed the bringing up of such a Custbme, for the' Poors sake, because he presumed they would pay the Reader out of the Purse, that at That Meeting annually was made for Them. But he told me he declared to them, that if they Would pay the Reader out of their Own Purses, they might have the Prayers irl the Church with all his heart; and acknowledged then that he gave them a Proverbial Saying, which* they made a mighty bufinest of, that'signified no more than that every Body might have his Liberty, either to go, or to stay away j which j though it rmght be decently' enough used in most Cases riot telating to Religious Affaires, yet I told him it was Irreverently done of him to use it in this Cafe j And though I could not impute it to his DisaffeftiW to the Prayers (he having ever since I came to this Parish, and I understand, for some Years before was a constant attender on them upon Sundayes) but to meer Rashness and Inconsideration, they being then in the heat of Passion; yet at that time, and more then once' since, I rebuked him for it with severity enough. And I further Reproved him before these Men, for not being as for-, ward as any to so good a Motion; though it way evident enough, that the Motion was not made from & good a Principle, as that of true Love to the Wor


strip of God, but upon a design that was very . Obvious. I farther added, that to encourage the Reading of the Prayers, at this Yearly Meeting, I would My self first read them at their Meeting again the next Year, and so for the future, which accordingly I did the last Christmas. They had another Story of a most indecent Scoff at our Church Mustek, but this he utterly denied, and persists in doing so; and the Truth is I never Believed it, but now, for a reason I won't mention, I disbelieve it.

After all the Pallionate Fending and Proving was over, and I had, as I said, smartly enough reproved Mr. W. I told them 'twas evident, he did not call the Prayers an Innovation, but only the Reading them in the guest-House, or upon that Occasion, and then Exhorted them to more Christian behaviour towards one another,, and to be Friends again Having heard that there was an elder Grudg between one or both of these Men, and this Mr. W. And that the Difference did not begin now: Although one of them had been sometime before his great Intimate, and he Constantly gave Mr. W. the Title of his Master. Hereupon they Drank to each other, more than once, and shook hands. But the Next News I heard of them, which surprized me much, was, that they had made a Complaint of him to Mr. Recorder, and that the Constable had carried him away to Guild-Hall, and that there he was bound over to aniwer for his Depraving the Common-Prayer, upon these Mens Oaths, at the Kings Bench Barr. Whereupon this Mr. W. signified to w?,That the Lord Mayor had advised him, to get a good Petition drawn up to my Lord Chief Justice, and as good a Certificate as his Minister and other CreditablePeople of the Parish, could give him;

( a ) and and that His Lordship promised him to present both wish his own hand,and accordingly He performed that Promise. Hereupon I again Reproved him,and told him I hoped this would be for the future a warningxo him -, and finding him much dejected, I said I would willingly certifie for him whatsoever I knew to be true of him. And the Certificate I gave him was this, That he was a Constant Attender on the Prayers of the Church, a Frequenter of the Holy Communion^ in the way of the Church of England, and a forward man to Publick good Works in the Parish, and particularly at that time, to the Repairing of our Church and Steeple. And in the close, I expressed how far I was from going about to excuse his fault; but in what Words I did this, I don't now remember. ... i This is the plain and Naked Truth of this matter, and I am yet to learn where lay my fault. Nay I am still fully satisfied in my Conscience, that I did nothing but what I might Lawfully do, nay nor any thing but what I was bound in Common Justice to do. For I never knew him other, than a Constant attender on the Prayers of the Church, nor than a Fre\juen« ter of the Holy Communion, I mean upon his Knees

have been guilty of, I have found no one Parishioner more Publick Spirited, both in reference to the Church and Parish. And he was one of the best Church-Wardens (I finding him in that Office when I first came hither) that I believe the Parish ever knew. It hath been Objected to me, that he behaved himself Disloyally at the .Election of Sheriffs, and therefore this Certificate was taken the Worse at my hands. But I need make no other Reply, than that this was more than I Knew.


And, whatsoever Faults he may

I have but little Acquaintance in this Parish to this Day, and had less then, so that I might very well be a stranger to his Behaviour at that Election. For my part, I never perceived any Disloyalty in him, but the Contrary, when he hath come to me, which he does very rarely, but when Business brings him, though he lives close by me. And had he discovered Disaffection to the Government, either in Church or State to Me, what is commendable in him mould not have made with Me an Atonement for it. But there is no end of these my Obliging Friends Stories; I hope though, for the future they 1 be more Innocent ones I mean, that their Tongues will be no Slander. The worst thing I knew of this man was, that he would be too easily Provoked, but as soon (that Tie fay for him too) Pacified. But why should I better know what this W. was, than what These Men wereI was I confess often told What Two of them were, but I would not believe it, till they did me the kindness to make me understand them whether I would or no; and since I have been sufficiently upbraided with my Charitable Incredulity. But in order to the more Blackening of Me, One or More of my good Friends have reported, That he was upon the Scaffold when the King was Murthered. I never heard of This till this very day, but I concluded 'twas a Wicked Lye, before I sent for him to ask him the Question. His Reply was, that he was then but a Boy about sixteen Years Old, (as any one may believe that knows him) and that he was at that time Four/core Miles from London.

In short, Mr. Attorney General had a full Hearing of the forementioned Cause, was fully satisfied of the Baseness of it, and gave Mr. W. a Noli Prosequi.

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