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To the church of Christ wch is at Rowley both Elder & brethren
grace & peace be with you.
Reverend & beloved in the lord it is the portion that the God of all wis-
=dome hath allotted this poor church to pass over the greatest part of or
time in this wildernesse in great divisions & contentions which cannot
but occasion much purturbation of Spirit amongst our selves, & many
thoughts of heart in or sister churches round about us : That we above
all others should thus unquietly pass the Days of our pilgrimage
Living noe other time but the present moment that pass over us wch
may be called ours : And the voyce of God still sounding in our
hears to day if you will hear his voyce then harden not your
hearts : And we being Conscious that an Estate of Division & con
tention in the Church of Christ is an inlett to much sin & Evill
occurrences ; & that such customes are not to be allowed in the
Church of Christ : And yet we are commanded to contend for
the fayth once given to the Saints, wherby we doe confess that
contentions against truth & against [----] Rule are onely ffor
 This is from the dissenting brethren at Newbury; for background on the conflict there, see Cooper, Tenacious of Their Liberties, 145-49.
 Heb. 3:15.