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    Issued amongst ourselves or if otherwise that cases might be prepared & stated to

    present to a councill: But it pleased the lord to soe farr to be present with his pp as yt

    ther was in the issue a full agreemt blessed be his name

    1 Br Austin acknowledged his fayling that he had gone soe farr in ingageing himself

    to a remove to a new plantation before he had propounded his desire to the church

    that he might have their advise & consent, the church saw noe ground to disswade

    him from his undertakeing (seeing he had noe accomodation heer) but wished gods

    blessing upon him & his: Before Br Remingtons remove without any advise from

    the church, & with an unloving contentious, impenitent spirit they could not incourage


    him in his way but expected acknowledgmt from of his irregularity herein Platf.


    cap: 13 sect 5.[24]

    2. as to Br Remingtons other offences they voted that his dealings with Br Johnson

    as is before exprest page 54 bottom[25] was unrighteous unjust & unfaithfull dealing

    and that he ought to acknowledge his sins heerin or els farther means to be used for

    his bringing to Repentance:

    Ther had bin mention before ys vote something more of his sin from ye Scripture 2 Jms 4

    1 cor. 6 9. 10 from ye judgemt of Dr Ames Cases Consc. contractus habet in Seservia

    promissiones &c. Contractus non possit rescindi parte illâ cujus interest invitatus

    from ye light of nature Tully who onely had nature’s moonlight to se by could say

    preditessemt est hominis fallere omni ejus non esset nisi credidesset its ye part

    of a vile man to deceive him who had bin safe if he had not trusted[26]

    Again it was voted that his practise in coming to the Sacramt in that Case he was

    in was very sinfull & presumptious and that he ought to acknowledg his great sin

    therin or otherwise farther means to be used to bring him to repentance for the same


    Oh the lord who had left him to be bold to break the comands of ye 2d table 8th 9th

    10 he remayning impenitent therin the lord left him to be bold in matters of ye



    first table they yt expect not when yy have sined will make farther matter of repen


    Deacon Jewet & Deacon Brottlebank were desired to declare those things to Br Reming

    ton that soe he might be the bettre prepared to give his answer when the church

    should meet & call for it


    As to Br Johnsons carriage towards Br Remington in ye execution he served on him

    though we judged he did not therin show that Self denial, tenderness, kindness, that

    ordinarilie should be showen amongst Christians yet ther appeard not injustice or

    breach of promise or any thing of unrighteousness as appeard by the agreemt in writing

    between Br Johnson & Daniel Weicom who acted for Br Remington


    It was after consented to that Mr Jer: Shepard shpuld have opportunity the

    next church meeting to speak with the church according to his desire about some

    matters that he has expressed himself offended at that have bin spoaken conserning

    hims: in the church


    The church alsoe agreed that what they had foremerly voted viz an addition of

    10 per annum to my maintenance should be preserved though throw some neglect

    or mistake it was omitted the last yeer viz 1673. It was shoun them what little

    cause yr was to think 70 pounds of ye pay (40 of wch in a yeer the[y] usually payd in

    their way by work & cattle &c) to be great incouragemt I had not bin able of 2 or

    3 years to buy any cloathes for my self or mine or to make any pay wher I ought

    I was faine to spend of my ouncles[27] legacy above 70 pound in a yeer or two wch

    was more than the [---] would iustify they being able to maintain me deut

    18 8 = 25 Levit 32 beside through their neglect of keeping a gramer school

    as the law I conceived did ingage them to I was out [---] 20 for a yeer

              for my two sons

    [24] I.e., Cambridge Platform, ch. XIII, sec. V, which declares that to separate from a church “out of contempt” is “unlawfull & sinfull.”

    [25] See p. 000.

    [26] William Ames, Conscience with the power and cases thereof (1639), first published as De conscientia et eius iure, vel casibus, libri quinque (1631), though no passages matching this quote have been found in that source.

    [27] Possibly meaning the bequest of Rev. Ezekiel Rogers to the town in his will, which was to enable the support of a ministry.