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     April 18 1677 after about[64] half an hour or somthing more the Church mett &

    many of ye Town mett to hear ye Relations of Mr Neh. Jewitt & Nathaniel

    Barker & Neh wife (wch meeting Notice was given ye lords day before Mr

    Nelson (when Mr Neh Jewet was Called forth to speak) did still oppose having nothing

    new to alleadg but yt of Job If I constraind ye voyce of my Servant when he con

    tended wth me &c,[65] which word how farr it has bin offerd by me & ye Church ye

    premises declare: haveing thus given him liberty to object contrary to his

    promise he went on soe long together with one or two more yt joyned with him

    that half a hour was spent to noe good purpose at last I required silence yt ye

    work we mett about might be noe longer hindred Br Platts wuld hear

    speak yt Mr Shepard was hindred by 4 or 6 objecting (wherin he broak ye agre

    ment yt old things shuld not be cropt-up) & when he was desired to desist he began


    to turn his back and say Jereboam ye son of Nebat what part have I to work in

    David,[66] what part have we in Church priviledges wherin he showed a very

    haughty spirit as if it became not him to sitt down wth what ye body of ye church

    had once & again voated & that priviledges were denyed him except Elders

    & almost all ye Church would act as he would have ym

     After ys ye next meeting he told me yt I was ye willfullest man within 50

    miles of me & yt Neh Jewitt was noe member for but 13 voted for him he could

    prove it wheras yr was 6 or 7 besid him yt voted wch be swore of & I

    declared it was a general vote & noe man made any question of it to me, besides

    the church had twice before declard their consent Once Every man Except one

    the 2 time above 30 to 8 or 9.

    he told me alsoe he would summon me to answer at Ipswich Court for ye

    charges yt were layd upon him before ye church wch accordingly he did yt

    night haveing a coppy of his complaint to ye court in words as followeth-


        The humble complaint of Philip Nelson of Rowley against Mr

      Samuel Philips, to ye honoured County court at Ispw: April 24 1677


    To the honourd worshipfull magistrates Philip Nelson sendeth greeting

     and wisheth happy & prosperous Success in yor present sessions

    I have presumed to trespass soe much upon yor patience, as to crave a can

    did hearing of ys my constrained complaint, adventuring to make my

    address to your honours herein, wch if you shall soe farr Entertain as

    to vousafe an hearing of, I hope my innocency will challenge a vindi

    cation, & I shall not think my aimes wholy lost

     perhaps I may seam to some to pass the bounds of Xtian modesty in pre

    senting this complaint against an Elder of a Church, & one yt I stand re

    =lated to by Church Covenant; but such is yor wisdom that you can

    & yor honourable affection to peace & justice, yt I doubt not but you will

    bear with patience this my complaint, Especially if you consider how

    I am Enforced to it by dayly threats to be dealt with as an offendour at

    home, wherby I may at last come to be deprived of ye comunion of

    gods saints, & ye sweet & Comfortable injoyment of God in all his holy

    Ordinances, & I seeing noe other comodious way for ye present to put

    a barr to Mr Philips his resolutions to deal with me as an offendour

    & to vindicate my blasted reputation, I doe yrfore address my case to your

    honours as patrons of peac & favour and of justice & doe present you


    [64] Conjectural reading.

    [65] Job 31:13-14, “If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; what then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?”

    [66] Jereboam the son of Nebat was the first king of Israel after the split of the ten tribes from the two of Judah, as related in I Kgs. 11-12 and elsewhere; but Phillips seems to have in mind the words of Sheba, in II Sam. 20:1, “We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse.”