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dered, 1. Whether it be lawful at all to receive in the Jews. 2. If it be lawful, then upon what terms is it meet to receive them?
His further speaking in favour of that nation, and the expressions of others, pro and contra, are before related. ,
Here followeth part of a letter written by Rabbi Manatses, from Amsterdam, in September, 5407, or l647, to one in England, whilst the sword in our late wars consumed many thousands.
NO pnedo enar. That is, Sir, I cannot express the joy that I have, when I read your letters, full of desires to see your country prosperous, which is heavily afflicted with civil wars, without doubt, by the just judgment of God. And it should not be in vain to attribute it to the punishment of your predecessors faults, committed against ours; when ours, being deprived of their liberty under deceitfulness, so many men were slain, only because they kept close unto the tents of Moses, their legislator, &c.
Of the proceedings amongst Indians in New-England.
IN Martin's Vineyard, southerly from Boston and from Cape Cod, the fourth book, published by Mr. Whitfield, lG'5], the Lord began with one Hiacome, 1643, whom his King did strike on the face, because he spoke for the English; Hiacome was patient, and said to one afterwards, I had one hand for injuries, and the other laid greater hold on God.
1645, and 164-6, Indians observed, that God's hand, by a sickness, was far more on them, than on Hiacome's house and friends; and met, and would know things of religion. He spoke of one God, &c. A great Indian said, that had thirty-seven gods, Shall I throw away thirty-seven gods for one? Hiacome said, I have done it, and you see I am now preserved: That Indian said, I will throw away all my Gods too, and serve that one God with you.
1647, Sagamar Towanquatick, turning from paganism, was shot by a devilish Indian in the night; the next morning Mr. Mahcw, that preacheth to those Indians, found him praising God that he was not killed.
1649, many Indians came to Hiacome to learn more of God, and were encouraged not to fear their Pawaw witches.
1650, by Hiacome's means, Humanequem turned from paganism. In the fifth book, called Strength out of Weakness, Mr. Mahcw re lates, 1651, three converted from being Pawaws, losing those gains, friend--, &c. there is a conference with an Indian.
In the sixth book, called Tears of Repentance, l653, Mr. Mahew sets down the covenant to serve Jehovah, that those Indians made, 1652; that about thirty Indian children were then at school. These praying Indians were shortly to be gathered into one town.
Mr. Elliot relates the confessions and repentance of about fifteen Natick Indians, in New-England Bay. Their own words Englished, and the hopeful words of two Indian children, under three years of age, before they died, as, 'God and Jesus Christ help me; God and Jesus Christ bless it,' before it would eat. The other, when its bawbles were biought it, being in pain, putting them away, it said, 'I will leave my basket, for I am going to God; I will leave my spoon and my tray, for I am going to God.'
In the seventh, and last book, called A late and further Manifestation of the Gospel's Progress amongst Indians in New-England, Mr. Elliot relates the examination of the Indians at llocksbury, the thirteenth of the fourth month, 1654, before an assembly of the elders in and about the Bay, and others, concerning their knowledge in the grounds of the Christian religion. The narration whereof is judged fit to be printed, that God may have praises for his free grace wonderfully manifested;as it is attested by,
The two following narratives contain an account of all the parliament men in Oliver Cromwell's usurpation, and shew which way they all got their money.
The former narrative, particularly, gives an account of the choosing, coming together, secluding some, and of the sitting of the rest of Oliver's parliament; as also of the things that did attend them, and the acts that were passed by them; amongst which, what could be more oppressive, than that wicked and unjust act for new buildings, by which many, that for sixteen years before, had paid twice the value of their houses in taxes, were obliged to pay a year's rent more, or submit to be plundered, have their estates sequestered, and their persons cast into prison? This was attended with another act, establishing an excise for ever; which, with the customs it settled upon the crown, or person reigning, was a standing revenue to enable the government to keep the people in perpetual slavery. After this, it was also enacted, that the people should pay a tax for three years in time of peace, under a pretence to pay the soldiers; and, as if that did not suffice to empty the purses of the subject, this same parliament ordained a three months tax to be paid twice over. And, to mention but one more, here passed an act to erect a ' High court of justice' for the preservation of the protector's person; but, in reality, with a design to give him power at pleasure, under the sanction of law, to take away the fortunes and lives of all such as he either feared, suspected, or disliked.
This first narrative also gives you a catalogue, and some historical account, of one hundred and eighty-two of the members of that unworthy assembly; who were either sons, kinsmen, servants, or attached to the protector's interest and fortunes, by places of profit, offices, salaries, or other advantages, which were ail paid by the publick; and, to theirgreat distress, amounted to one million sixteen thousand three hundred and seventeen pounds, sixteen shillings, and eightpence sterling, and upwards per annum.
"Whereby it doth appear, says a certain author of that time, what fine suckers they are of the riches and fatness of the commonwealth; and how unlikely they were (beingso packed for his interest, and so well seasoned with the salt of his palace) to bring forth the so much prayed for, engaged, fought, and bled for rights and liberties of the people."
Then follow a few queries, and a catalogue of the kinglings, or names of those seventy that voted for the Kingship, with the counties which they represented; after this is mentioned, how the government, then to be established, was carried in the house but by three voices. And this is attended with a list of those members of that assembly, who, though they gave not their vote, either for Kingship, or the then government, by the humble petition and advice, and pretended to be against and dis-satisfied with both, are sharply and justly reproved for betraying the trust committed to them by the people; and so this first narrative concludes with some general queries.
The second narrative records some of the most remarkable passages, which occur in their second session, with the end and dissolution of the whole, after two or three weeks sitting; as also something of another house, intended for a house of lords, describing forty-three of its members; though it was not long before that the chief ofthat new form of government had declared, 'It would never be well, neither should England ever see good days whilst there was left one Lord in the nation.' Yet now new Lords must be made by the dozens to aggrandize the lord protector, and make him appear like a King, though so much blood and treasure had been lately spent against 4 negative voice in the King and lords.
NARRATIVE OF THE LATE PARLIAMENT,
Their election and appearing; the seclusion of a great part of them; the sitting of the rest. With an account of the places of profit, salaries, and advantages which they hold and receive under the present power; with some queries thereupon, and upon the most material acts and proceedings passed by them. All humbly proposed to consideration, and published for information of the people, by a friend to the commonwealth, and to its dear-bought rights and freedom.
Anno 1657, quarto, containing sixty-three pages.
IT is not unknown unto all intelligent and observing people what great stickling and underhand dealing was put in practice by the court-party, in diiving on interests and designs, about chusing this last pretended parliament; in improving the major generals to that purpose who were not wanting in the matter) as also by writing of letters to the sheriffs, who were (some of them) very officious in that service: whereby several worthy patriots had very foul and unequal terms offered them, not being suffered to be put in nomination; justifying their proceedings to be no other, than according to order they had so to do. Middlesex, Cheshire, Berkshire, and the city of Canterbury, may serve for instances instead of others. Neither were the clergy behind, in endeavours for the advancement of their own interest, as appeared by meetings, held in very many counties, to agree and make choice before-hand among themselves, and then promote their choice against the election-day; and, upon the day appearing, like so many captains, or leaders, cried up the parties, they had chosen before to serve their interest. But what cause the people have to rejoice, and give them thanks for this service, doth already in part appear; and further may, when they shall feel the burthens ol excise and customs, with the many fetters and snares attending the same, as also a tax backward, to be paid over again; and another for three years together, never the like in England before, together with a new project to raise money out of all such houses, for ten miles distance without the walls of the city of London, that, from thirty-seven years past, to the twenty ninth of September last, have beeu built upon new foundations; with other acts serving designs, but not one for the ease of the people, or the punishment of those who have wronged and abused them; by which acts, these gentlemen, and those that chose them, make themselves accessary to, and, as much as in them lies, guilty of all this hard bondage, that now is, or may further come upon us.
The gentlemen, chosen to sit in this assembly, accordingly made their appearance, and gave attendance at Westminster, in order to that service, where a great number of them find themselves secluded the house, and not suffered to enter in to do their duty; who having waited a day or two without success, many of them made an address to their fellowmembers, sitting in the house for their admittance. Some of the names of those gentlemen, so kept out of the house, here follow.
Sir Arthur Haslerigg