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the State should giue them a certayne tyme, and in the meane tyme commaund all priuate men to abstayne from gathering of Churches and cause the Presbyteriall orders for the right calling of Ministers and framing of Classes, to be sett vp, in those places where ministers are to bee brought in, or where they that are in place, are willing to receiue them.
yeild therevnto. This Declaration the State should take into Consideration; but depute some to Iudge of both the declarations and of the conference to see whether or noe a medium might not be found to reconcile both parties in that wherein they should differ; here then first the full agreement of the parties should be set downe by articles, & offered to the State to be ratified. then the disagreement of their wayes should also be set downe & presented to the State in like manner: and thirdly the [H: overtures] for a reconcilement vnto euery point of the disagreement should bee also drawne vp & presented to the State to see what should be determined therein; and whatsoeuer the State should determine in the outward manner of the proceeding, that should be ratified by its authoritie, but if any case should bee incident which doth not concerne the outward manner of proceeding, but toucheth the inward Gouernement of the spirit wherein a difference of Iudgment should bee found betwixt the parties; that case should be sett a part to be further consulted & conferred vpon in due tyme; and the overtures for a reconcilement in such a case are not to be determined by the State but should be proposed to both parties to vnderstand their meanings about the same, and if they shoud still disagree, then the case might ber sent ouer to forraine Diuines desiring them to declare their Iudgment thereof, and to shew the way of reconcileing the difference, which they shall thinke most expedient, in the meane tyme all rash disputes and [catchword: animosities]
animosities, and passionate writings, and censures of each others wayes and complaints and murmurings concerning particular wrongs and iniuries should be prohibited in publick and eueryone earnestly intreated and charged to beare with his brother till a full resolution of doubt and settlement of matters to be reformed be found out and such as should fly out & shew themselues contentious should be brought to the Iudicature of the Senate to whom the case should belong. much more might be said of the wayes of Reconciling the Independants and Presbyterialls; for nothing but a reconcilement ought to be intended, I cannot thinke that a toleration is allowable though neuer so much and cautiously limited, therefore I would neuer haue the State to thinke of it or to make any act of toleration, but if they cannot but giue a toleration to avoid greater inconveniences then let them doe it actually without any declaration for the future, & let the ground of the Actuall toleration be a contynued treatie of agreement betwixt the parties; of which contynued way of treating in due tyme more may be said. for the present I will not trouble you further with a wearisome discourse which I haue in hast thus put to paper to giue your good and godly inclynation some obiect of worke and good Communicacion with others that labour to heale breaches: Now the Lord who is able to doe aboue all that wee can thinke or craue, heale all the Infirmities of those, that [catchword: loue]
loue him and haue mercie vpon his scattered sheep in England and send them pastors according to his owne heart./ [left margin: /] to his grace I comend you in your wayes beseeching him to protect you and prosper you in all your vndertakings to his glorie and to this effect you shall haue the hearty prayers of