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you with these accusations charged on me by Mr Phillips, wherby you may
be somewhat sensible of my suffering condition.
1 I am charged with ye breech of ye 5th comandmt - disobedience to superiors
whom I desier to ascribe all due honour unto
2 I am likewise charged by Mr Phillips with ye breech of ye 8th comandemt
robbing & stealing &c.
3. I am charged with ye breech of ye 9th comandemt bearing falls wittness
4 I am charged to be ye principal cause of those unhappy devisions that
are amongst us, I am likewise charged with ye rest of my freinds & neigh=
=bours with yt horrid sin of cheating
Several other greviances I might alleadg but being tender of Mr Phillips
his reputation I thought meet onely to hint of those scandells that render
me uncomfortable in ye discharg of yt office that God & ye country have
placed me in : Solomon in his divine sentences tells us that a good name
is to be desired above great riches, & those that were guided onely by the
dim light of nature could tell us that it is as great a virtue to keep as to get
a good name, non minor est virtus quàm quærere, parta tueri; if it be
a sin to discredit another man, then much more is it a sin to discredit our
selves by not vindicating our good name, soe farr as we can with a good
Conscience, If we be charged to promot ye good name of our neighbour
then are we straitly comanded to help forward our own.
The world might think yt I did cast of ye care of my own credit if I
Should Sufer such reproaches to be layd on me & never labour to take
them off, I doe yrfore humbly present my Shattered condition to your ho=
=nourable protection, Esteeming your honours noe others then fathers in
our common wealth, not doubting but that justice will take place without
respect of persons
S P being summoned to answer this complaint I told the honoured
Court that it seemd to me (considering what we find in ye scriptures in ye
platform & lawes Ecclesti[asti]cal of ye Country) soe strang & unheard of an
Example as I conceived silence was a suffitiant answer
The major Generell answerd he did beleev my meaning was that members
of churches might not seek for redress of wrongs to yr name estate &c. to
a court in case they were wronged : I answerd I hoped his worship
would not gather that inference from my Silence for I own that every soul
is to be subject to ye higher powers to answer to the breech of ye wholsom
lawes of ye country . But the complainer could alleadg nothing wherin he
was wronged The Church had onely a quarter of a year since layd before
Mr Nelson Severel Evills wch yei desired him seriously to consider off
and yt their soe long patience in waighting for satisfaction should be
requited with summoning ye officer of ye Church to ye court & charging
him before Civil Authority, with wronging him by laying to his charg
unjust reproaches, is a practise yt can scarsly if at all he para[l]elled in ye
[-] As to his preface 1 he Hopes his Innocency will challeng a vindication
wherby he reflects upon Officer & church as if we had imputed blame
to an Inocent man;
Those yt think he has passed the bound of Xstian modesty in presenting a com
plaint against his officer who had done him noe wrong but sought his
 Prov. 22:1.
 “It is less an achievement to keep possession than to acquire it.” Calvin quotes and translates this saying in his commentary on Ps. 135:8-12, without identifying the person who coined it, as does John Trapp in his comment on Prov. 23:1.
 I.e., the Cambridge Platform.
 I.e., Daniel Gookin, major general of Massachusetts Bay militia and magistrate.