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and patient, and resist not evil, because of him that said so; but bear all things, and suffer all things. And you have tried and found it so, as have those that went before you; whom the Lord hath plucked up mostly because of what was done unto them, of which they were warned in the day of their deliverance, which was fulfilled upon them, viz., That which they were warned of, as of that which should come if they took not warning; and hath made way for you, and hath done for you as it is at this day, beyond what ye could ask or think, without your sword, or bow, or spear, or your habergeon, when your hopes were almost gone, and you were disappointed in your stratagems and overthrown in your power, and even at a stand to consider whether ever a return of your captivity should be, which hath been turned again as the streams in the South, and you are as it were in a dream, now that the Lord hath turned again your captivity, and as those who are so filled with the apprehension of the thing they have, which they had long desired to enjoy, and were long kept out of, that they are in doubt whether it be a dream or the thing. Thus hath the Lord done for you; and He, that hath done it, can undo it again, and overturn you, as He hath done those that have gone before you, and that without sword or spear, even by the Spirit of the Lord, who hath moved me to write to you, and to warn you of those things. For if you do, and (from the mouth of the Lord I have said it) meddle with conscience, the dominion of God, and impose upon it in matters of religion, the worship of God, who will be worshipped in spirit and in truth, as the Father seeketh such to worship Him, who is Lord of the conscience, and so encroach upon His dominion, and His kingdom which shall have no end, His hand will be against you, His fury will come upon you, and He will visit you; and your day He will turn into night, your joy into sorrow, and your rejoicing into heaviness; and you shall know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will. So, in bowels of love and tenderness of heart, as one that desires your prosperity forever, and the well-being of you and your posterity after you, I beseech you to take heed of striking against the Rock of Ages, or meddling with His kingdom, which is an everlasting kingdom, or with His dominion, which is for ever and ever, or persecuting His people; for if ye do, know assuredly from the Lord that it will dash you to pieces, and by how much the more His kindness hath exceeded toward you, so will be your judgment. Therefore, my dear friends, take heed what ye do; be advised and cool; refuse not the counsel of one that is your friend, on whom the sense of these things lieth; who would not have God your enemy; who would have it well with you; for here have all split that have gone before you, and here also you will be split,—the Lord hath spoken it. And so I have discharged my conscience of what the Lord hath laid on me, and manifested my love and good will to you: if ye take it well, it will be better for you; if otherwise, I am clear.
SPIRIT OF THE LORD.
THE SECOND PART.
BEING a Relation of the Cruel and Bloody Sufferings of the People called
Quakers, chiefly in the Jurisdiction of the Massachusetts; beginning with the Sufferings of WILLIAM LEDDRA, whom they Murdered and Hung upon a tree at Boston, the 14th of the First month, 1661, barely for being such an one as is called a Quaker, and for Coming within their Jurisdiction; and encling with the Sufferings of EDWARD WHARTON, the Third month, 1665; and the remarkable Judgments of God in the Deaths of JONIN ENDICOTT,
(iovernor, Join Norton, High-priest, and HUMPHREY ATHERTON, Major- . . general.
By George BISHOP.
“fill ye up, then, the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of
vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell ? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of them ye shall kill and crucify, and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persccute them from city to city; that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, that these things shall come upon this generation." --Matt. xxiii. 32–36.
LONDON, Printed and Sold by T. Sowle, in White-Hart
Court, in Gracious-Street, 1703.
NEW ENGLAND JUDGED
SPIRIT OF THE LORD.
THE SECOND PART.
IN my former treatise I had to do with you, governors of New I England, who had to do in the sufferings of the innocent; and in particular with you of the Massachusetts, whom I dealt withal by way of answer to the printed apology, entitled, “A Declaration of the General Court of the Massachusetts, held at Boston the 18th of October, 1659," drawing all the sufferings therein mentioned, and the blood of those three whom you had put to death, and the ears that you had cut, and the backs that you had torn, and the limbs that you had endeavoured to starve, and the bellies that you had kept empty, and the houses and estates that you had laid waste and devoured, and the necessities and straits you had put and exposed the people of the Lord unto, and their families, for their conscience to God, upon your heads, according to the particulars of that your Declaration, which was the method I then observed, and where I left it; having fully answered you, and leaving you convicted of the cruelties and bloodsheds therein contained, and the forfeiture of your Patent, who in those things had dealt contrary to the laws of England, and repugnant thereunto. Now I shall treat with you after an,