Published online by Cambridge University Press: 05 June 2012
Because it is a matter of so great moment, that you pass not in impenitency to the Barre of God, (where you must all speedily appear) and that the many Thousands of this Nation, that never were actually guilty, may not make your sinnes (sinnes of such a dreadfull nature) to become their own by approbation; I thought it my duty to manifest the fallacy of all those Arguments, which I judged might most probably deceive you. And therefore supporting that thence you are likely to fetch matter of encouragement, I shall briefly discuss the wounding Answer to the Healing Question, so far as may concern your Consciences.
1. He placeth the Cause in two things; 1. p. 3, 4. ‘To have and enjoy the Freedom (by way of dutifull compliance and condescension from all the parts and members of this society,) to set up meet persons in the place of Supream Judicature, and authority amongst them.’ 2. p. 5, 6. ‘Freedom in matters of Religion, or that concern the service and worship of God.’
The former is thus enlarged, p. 10. ‘That the body of the good people in their military capacity and posture, are most properly Soveraign, and possesse their right of naturall Soveraignty.’ And p. 11. ‘Becoming one Civill or Politick Incorporation with the whole Party of honest Men, they do therein keep the Soveraignty, as Originally seated in themselves, and part with it only as by way of Deputation, and Representation of themselves, &c.’