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“ for these defiling abominations, lest we be driven out of our “land." With more mentioned before, and hereafter, in the answer.
“Alas! O Lord! my flesh trembles, because of Thee; and I " am afraid of Thy judgments. But inasmuch as the wrath which
we endure from the enemy will allow us no peace, we may be sure our ways have not pleased the Lord; it is because we have “broken the hedge of God's precepts, in putting to death His “people, that the hedge of God's providence is not so entire as “ it used to be about us; but serpents are biting of us.
“The very devils are walking about our streets with lengthened “chains,* making a dreadful noise in our ears, and brimstone, "even without a metaphor, is making a hellish and horrible " stench in our nostrils. It is no wonder that the fiery serpents “are so stinging of us; we have been a most murmuring and “murdering generation. Never were the offers of the Gospel “more freely tendered, or more basely despised, among any “ people under the whole cope of heaven, than in this New “ England. Seems it at all marvellous unto us, that the devil “should get such footing in our country? Why, it is because “ the Saviour has been slighted here, perhaps more than any“where; the blessed Lord Jesus Christ has been proffering to us “grace and glory, and every good thing, and been alluring of us “ to accept Him. If we refuse Him that speaks from heaven, • then he that comes from hell does with a sort of claim set in, “and cry out, ‘Lord, since this wretch is not willing that Thou “shouldst have him, I pray, let me have him;' and thus, by the “just vengeance of heaven, the devil becomes a master, a prince, “a god, unto the miserable unbelievers."
Much more could I cite out of the said book; but this is enough to show the miseries that have come upon, and followed them, since they put our Friends to death, in fulfilment of the judgments written and denounced against them; and I cannot but observe, through his discourse, that he tells of the devil and devils, &c., ten times, I think, (however manifold,) oftener than he does of God.
* You would not let the Quakers walk there, but would imprison and chain them, and therefore it is just upon you, if evil spirits do according to his following words.
I shall conclude with the words of W. Hubbard, one of their teachers at Ipswich, in his Postscript to The Present State of New England, page 5, concerning the cruelty of the Indians. "In"stances of this nature should be incentives unto us to bless the “Father of Lights, who hath called us out from the dark places “ of the earth, full of the habitations of cruelty. When the day“spring from on high shall visit those that sit in this region of “ darkness, another spirit will be poured upon them, and then the “ feet of those that bring the glad tidings of gospel salvation “ will appear more beautiful to them than they seem at present; “and when these mountains of prey shall become the holy moun“ tain of the Lord, they shall neither hurt nor destroy therein." So say I of them, and end with his prayer, page 123:—“God “grant that by the fire of all these judgments we may be purged “ from our dross, and become a more refined people, as vessels “ fitted for our Master's use." Amen, saith
TO THE BOOK ENTITLED
NEW ENGLAND JUDGED,
WHO WERE THERE
WRITTEN BY THEM IN TIIE TIME OF THEIR IMPRISONMENT
IN THE BLOODY TOWN OF BOSTON.
Printed and Sold by T. Sowle, in White-Hart-Court,
in Gracious-Street, 1702.