Milton House Archives, Box 3, Folder 14, Georgetown University Library

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Milton House Archives

Box 3, Folder 14

Georgetown University Library

Booth Center for Special Collections, Washington D.C.

 

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confest by one, who was not of the Church of Rome, that the Religion of that Church is the Catholic, and consider whether shee was as sure as the Bp said shee was, that all things necessary to salvation were to bee had elswhere. In likelyhood shee discovered the Answerers incon-sistence, and [several words lined out] might bee indebted for her change in a good measure to it. But the Answerer attributes it to Enthusiasm, by a fetch of w[ch] an ordinary man would never dream. The History of the Reaformation [word lined out] raisd her first scruples. Shee did all she could to satisfy her self, read the H. Scrip-ture, and consulted such of her own Religion, as were in esteem for learning and Virtue. Besides, shee made it her daily prayer to God, to settle her in the right; and that spoyl’d all. For till then the Answerer acknowlesdges shee was in y[e] right way. But when shee comes once to declare, that shee wholy ows the blessing of her change wholy to Almighty God, and [several words lined outhope hee heard her prayers, Shee must needs think her self conver-ted by immediate diving illumination as many endeavorus of her own as shee knew had mediated. And this because her protestation, that no endeavor had been us’d with her by any body, since shee came into En-gland, to make her change her Religion, acquits the Bishops from ha-ving any hand in it. [word crossed out] The Answerer considers not from what it acquits them. It does indeed, from having any hand persua-ding her to change; on the contrary, they endeavoured to keep her from chan-ging: but what they said [several words lined out] to keep her, drove her away; [word lined out] ^their hands^ carried her half seas over, and put her into y[e] hands of y[e] Priest, who carryed her the other half. When shee reflected that her change began by a Book, put into her hands to fix her where shee was; that nothing had been ^said or^ don to make her change; and much to hinder it; Shee could not but bee deeply struck a the unsercheable counsels of Alty providence, w[ch] brings about his merciful ends, by those very means w[ch] are employd to oppose them. And because shee was sensi-ble of his mercys, & o{..}d them, the Answerer can fancy her an Enthu-siast.

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The rest of the answer is to show by severall instances that Shee alwais  [word lined outargued weakly [several words lined out]

The rest of the Answer is to show by severall instances, that shee alwais argued weakly. No Argument, hee says, could bee drawn from w[t] y[e] Bp said to her, if his Authority or example did not signify any thing with her: because, as much as hee yeilded in behalf of y[e] ch. of Rome, hee added, thus t’would bee very ill don to leav the Ch. of Engd. The Answerer [word lined out] finds the Addition inconsistent with y[e] saying, and [word lined out] yet can lay it to her charge that shee did not believ both. Shee had reason to believ [word lined out] what y[e] Bp said of a church of w[ch] being no member, hee would bee sure to say no more than spare truth. If shee believed that, shee could not believ what consisted not with it. And because she did not do impossibilitys, the Answerer quarrels with her. Again the concessions of y[e] Bp could, hee says, have no influence upon her, be=cause shee declares, Shee would not have changed her Religion if shee had thought it possible to save her soul otherwise, and hee was so far from gra{..}ing shee could not save it without changing, that hee expressly told her, it would bee very ill to change. This is to say in short his concessions had no influence, {..} because his not-concessions had none. Sure the Answerer ^does not^ think in [word lined out] earnest, that to find where Catholic religion is taught, has no in_fluence upon finding, where y[e] Catholic church is:

Then he says more generally, that there is no connexion between any of the Premises, and her Conclusion. Because the conclusion was that Shee would never have changed if shee could have saved her Soul otherwise, w[ch] it is most certain was not true. No more business, if hee please, than shee makes us. Shee said not if shee could, but if shee had thought it possible; And if it bee most certain that this is not true, it is most certain hee knows her thoughts better than shee did her self: Unles shee made a Confident of him, and told him, whatever shee said to her friends, the truth was. Shee thoguth no such matter. For it is most certain, shee tells them shee did.

    However bee will examin how shee came to this conclusion, that is will needs lose so much time, [several words lined out] unles hee will examin somebody els. For shee tells him not how shee came to it. Shee says how shee came to think of changing, and what shee did to quiet those thoughts: but not, how shee came to find it necessary. His as to her reasons was not layd in, I perceiv for nothing.

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As it had been something rugged to have said, this part, for all it was left out, deservd no consideration, hee smoothly passes to that which

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Hee had it seems a design to add want of Logic to y[e] rest of her faults; and so took care betimes to turn a [word lined out] bare narrative into Reasons, w[ch] hee might turn into Premises in due season. But yet let us see what work hee makes ovit. To read Dr Heylins history was, he says, no good advice to such a Person:  That is, sincere persons as shee was, [marginal insertion: must beware of informing themselves] [several words lined out] how ma{....} truly past at y[e] Reformation. For I never heard Dr Heylin suspected for an
unfaithful Historian. But there ^are^ two distinct parts in the History of our Reformation, the Ecclesi-asticall & y[e] Politicall: and it is strange a person of so great under-standing should not distinguish those two. I know not whether hee mean that great understanding for a Compliment, or an Irony; but bare eys, without understanding would have found that distinction. For it is in the History. Hers was great enough, it seems, to distinguish, more per=haps, than y[e] Answerer could wish shee had, between the History, & Comments upon it. Shee found in the History, what persuaded her the H. Ghost could never bee in such counsels. Scripture, & Antiquity, & Rights of particular Churches, are comments, of w[ch] shee thought not altogether, as the Answerer & Dr Heylin. It had, hee says, been proper for her to consider, whether there were not a sufficient Cause, & sufficient Authority to Reforming, and whether the proceedings were not iustifiable by y[e] Rules of Scripture & the An= tient Church. Tis very likely shee did consider all this, and found no Rule of Scripture or Antiquity, neither Cause nor Authority, for Re=forming, that is, changing Religion. But as shee tells us no more, than that shee observ’d thigns not likely to proceed from y[e] H. Ghost, it is not for us to talk of what wee know not. Hee brings in Alexander G. the Kg of Spain, and miscarriages by other men in y[e] ch. of Rome: who when they set up for Reformers, wee will consider whether it bee likely the H. Ghost were in their counsels.
    At last hee falls to dispute w[th] her about y[e] points w[ch] shee found easy in Scripture, when, hee knows before hand that shee will not dispute with him. Alas. if people would bee as much in earnest as shee was, and read the Scripture with y[e] same dispositions; the same unpreiudict sincerity, and desire to bend their iudgements to what they find, not y[e] Scriptures to their iudgm[ts] more than shee & believ, would find things easy there, and give him frequent occasion for his {....} of a willing mind. But not to dilate onthat matter, Hee will not

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I presume, pretend to make any thing ag[t] her plainly appear by his dis=puting. If hee could, hee might make it plain to every body, and as all Christi=ans are concluded by Scripture, end Disputes in a moment. But hee ^may^ perhaps raise a mist, w[ch] shall hinder another form seeing, what he would, if hee were left to himself. And this all the fruit of his Disputing, and all the assistance for w[ch] hee was so earnest. Her R. Highness gave no opportunity to shew the great Art, w[ch] there is in y[e] world, of obscuring things, and there is his great quarrel to her; As the great honour hee has don the ch. of Engd\ is to make use of its name to asper{.} her.

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