“ to another more pure, yet without condemning of
“ the church he leaveth, he is not therefore to bee
“ held as a Schismaticke, or as guilty of any other
Nor wil such a practice dispoyle the best Ministers
of the best hearers in the Parishes. Communication
of some ^of the best gifted Members is not allwayes
there detriment, but may be there enlargement.
It is the most noble and perfect worke of a
livinge creature, both in nature and grace to
propagate, and multiply his kind. The church
of Christ in Scripture is compared sometimes to
a garden, sometimes to an Orchard Cant: 4:12
13. No man planteth a Garden or orchard,
but seeketh to get the choisest herbs and fruits
of his neighbors, and they freely impart them;
nor do they account it a spoile to there owne gar
dens or orchards, but rather there glory.
Neverthelesse we go not so far: we aske not ye
choise members of the Parishes, but accept them beinge offered.
Neither neede it to be feared that all the best
hearers of the best ministers will transplant them
selfes upon point of church Government.
There be doubtlesse sundry godly, and judicious hea=
rers in many Parishes in England, that do and
wil prefer the Presbyteriall Government, above
the Congregationall. And if some of them should
be taken with ye congregationall way, yet (if they be
sincere) they will proove [?] of to be gathred (as
opportunity forbeare) of those godly ministers, by whom
they have bene either contested or edifyed.