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    proceed for want of light in difficult cases or for want of peace & accord

    As for yt passage you mention out of ye plattform yt ye power of regular governmt

    is in ye pastor & brethren walking in communion,[20] they canot be thought to in

    tend it of a divided & rent church as yours is

    Concerning your last writing as to yr satisfaction the brethren have generally

    tendred I judge as you doe yt it is farr from what ye lord & his pp doe ex

    pect from you: As for ye matter of blame you Impute to mee for receiving to ye

    sacramt one or more of yor offending brethren [----------] Scandelous & Impe

    nitent I Answer it is easy to conceive a grevious fault & yn to aggravate &

    lay load of blame upon it; I am not of yt opinion as you intimate nor has yr

    bin any such practise amongst as yt I yet know of. The person yt communicated

    wth us was goodm: Hale Junior you sayd practised yrin is Episcopall, I wish yr

    were nothing in Newberry yt looks of a more Episcopal countenance but to let

    yt pass

    1 The Sentence upon The Censure put upon him viz goodm: Hale & ye rest was

                                                                       its true

    declared by ye councill to be null, I am sure it was irregular though ye


    fault was great

    2 He was one yt Mr Parker was willing to accept to ye lords supper wth hims

    as being satisfied wth his acknowledgmt (wrin becomes us fully to own his fault

    according to the sentance of ye councill interminis.) provided he would come to ye sacramt

    3 We have it attested by two wittnesses that Mr Parker told ym (going to him to

    acknowledge their fault according to ye councills sentance) yt let ym goe as farr

    as yei would in acknowledgment, except yei would come & joyne wth him at ye lords ta

    ble it would not be accepted for satisfaction

    4 I propounded his desire of partakeing to our church that if any had any thing

    to object yei could speak yr was not one yt manifested ye least dissent

    5 I asked ye week before advise of Mr Cobbet in reference to Mr Dummer & Goodmn

    Hale ye desire of partakeing wth us, he sayd in case yei came up to full acknowedgmt

    of ye Evill to Mr Parker & ye brethren there that yn yei might be admitted: If

    Mr Parker doe not own yt he have fully submitted to ye councills sentence (Intending

    Goodm: Hale) to take ye blame upon him wch yei lay upon him, & was not willing

    or refused to own as much publickly as he presented to Mr Parker more private

    ly then I acknowledg yr was upon a mistaken irregularity in admitting him to

    communion in yt ordenance wth us soe ye wittness I spoke of before were not present

    wth goodm. Hale offerd such full satisfaction to Mr Parker, wch I understood

    not till a day or 2 after ye sacramt, but ye testimony is yt yei offerd ye like full

    satisfaction but it was not accepted except yy would come to ye sacramt

    I shall not for ye future admitt him nor any off ym till yy make it very evident

    by full proof yt yy have attended yr duty in what is before mentioned; And then

    though yei should scruple hereupon wth that part of ye church wth you wch doe partake

    whose matters stand as yei doe. I do not see how yei can be respected of other chur

    ches; yet notwthstanding I shall not be verry forward to admitt anymore of ym till

    God be pleased to find some way for issuing differences amongst you, wch

    might have bin allayed before this Day had both partyes acknowledged

    one to the other what was amiss: I would not be understood as if I look upon

    the offences as equally evill, yet ye mote in or own eye shold trouble us (if ye

    humble soul may call his sin a mote) as well as ye beam in anothers, for a

    less fault is more hurtfull to us if not repented off, then ye great crimes of

    others can be: ffor my intermeddling as a busy body [-] in other mens matters


    [20] Platform of Church Discipline, possibly Preface, p. 5, which treats the question of when and how a Presbyterian can “betake himself to the fellowship of a Congregationall Church.”