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Conscience eased: or, the main scruple which hath hitherto stuck most with conscionable men, against the taking of the Engagement removed. Where amongst other things is shewed, first, how farre the oath of allegiance, and the nationall League and Covenant are obligations; either in their legall intents unalterable or at this time no more binding and alterable. Secondly. How farre in a free people the subordinate officers of the state, have a right to judge of the proceedings of a king in that state. Thirdly, how Zedekia'es case in breaking his oath to the king of Babylon, and our case in making use of our freedome from the oath of allegiance, and supremacie to the king of England doe differ. / The author, John Dury.
Dury, John, 1596-1680.
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CONSCIENCE EASED OR The main Scruple which hath hitherto stuck most with conscionable Men against the taking of the Engagement removed Where amongst other things is shewed First How farre the Oath of Allegiance and the Nationall League and Covenant are Obligatins either in their legall inteâts unalterable or at this time no more binding and alterable Secondly How farre in a free People the Subordinate Officers of the State have a right to judge of the Proceedings of a King in that State Thirdly How Zedekia'es case in breaking his Oath to the King of Babylon and our case in making use of our freedome from the Oath of Allegiance and Supremacie to the King of England doe differ The Author John Dury LONDON Printed for T. H. in Russell-street neere the Piazza of the Covent-Garden 1651. The Errata In page 1. line 10. for out soon after read but soon after p. 2. l. 22. for ease r. case p. 3. l. 1. for cause r. clause in the note for summoned r. summed p. 5. l. 1. for must r. most l. 8 for many intentions r. main intention is p. 6. line 22. for cease r. crosse in l. 27 for oppresse r. oppose p. 7. l. 6. for of r. to line 9. for that r. what P. 10. l. 21. for out your self r. not your self p. 11. l. 4. for lawes r. lawlesse p. 12. l. 24. for Salvus r. Salus p. 14. l. 14. for shew r. Sphere p. 16. l. 21. r. in our places p. 17. l. 16. for revealed r. resolved p. 20. l. 22. for have read make line the last for Representations r. Representatives p. 25 l. 16. for accepted r. I excepted l. 23. r. they are not set p. 28 l. 26. r. from under them p. 33. l. 2. for instructed r. intrusted p. 36. l. 14. for him r. us in the same line for towards the K. of Babylon r. towards our K with Zedekiahs condition and his Oath binding him thereunto towards the K. of Babylon line 16. for master r. matter l. 17. for master r. matter l. 35. for imposed r. implyed p. 4. l. 19. for oblige r. alledged CONSCIENCE EASED OR The main Scruple which hath hitherto stuck most with conscionable Men against the taking of the Engagement removed Loving Friend and Brother in Christ I Had occasion a few dayes agoe to be with your Son in Law which put me in mind of the discourses which you had with me when wee met last at his house whereat I found my selfe under a guilt of some neglect of duty towards you which now I am willing to confesse to deprecate and amend All that I have to say for my self is that soon after you were gone from hence I did indeed as I promised put my thoughts concerning your Scruple to Paper out soone after I went out of Town al this last Summer having bin variously distracted and several times in the country I could not atrend the ripening transcribing them to be imparted unto you once I did set upon it to doe it but was by a very pressing occasion taken off The occasion of this discourse againe and some time since I have thought upon my promise but I know not how I was willing to beleeve that happily you were satisfied and should not now need any suggestions which I could offer and thus I have protracted the discharge of this Duty till the other day I was struck with some remorse and found cause to be ashamed of my selfe that all this while I had not made good my promise made to you so long agoe nor done that which was befitting my love and friendship to you in Christ when as I did not certainly know how farre your spirit was now quieted which happily might lye as much under a doubt as ever but that which doth now more effectually waken me to this performance is that among all the objections against the Engagement which I have bin obliged to reflect upon since I saw you I doe not remember that the matter of your scruple hath bin so deepely pressed by any as by your selfe and two or three dayes agoe by a very honest and Godly Gentleman who is pinched just as and the scope there of which is to rrsolve the chiefe Scruple about the Engagement you were and brought your ease fully againe to my mind which I find when I lay it seriously to heart the deepest most inward weightiest Scruple of any that doth belong unto this businesse Therefore I shall now ar last rather thus late then never acquaint you with what I have to say unto it to cleere it I find by your Paper which I have that your Scruple which doth rise from two causes viz. 1. from the mis-interpretation of the Engagement doth rise from two things First from your interpretatiou of the words of the Engagement when you put the whole Emphasis in the latter clause thereof viz. As it is now established without a King und House of Lords which you conceive is the cause intended to be more directly obligatory then the fore-going viz. To be true and faithfull to the Common-wealth of England Secondly because you conceive that the sence of the 2. From the contradiction betweene it and the Oath of Allegiance Engagement as you understand it doth containe a direct contradiction to the true meaning of the Oath of Allegiance and of the Nationall Covenant for your difficultie lyes in this how to bring the intentions which you had in the former Engagements to a Righteous Consistencie with the intention which you conceive you ought to have in this Engagement all which difficultie you reduce to this practicall Syllogisme under which your conscience is concluded at present He that is under a lawfull Oath and Covenant of both are summoned up in one practicall Sylogisme the Lord may not lawfully doe any such thing as tendeth directly to take him off from acting in righteous wayes according to his Oath and Covenant But I am say you under a lawfull Oath and Covenant of the Lord to assist the jurisdictions annexed unto the Imperiall Crowne of this Realme in the preservation of the true Religion and Liberties of the Kingdome and to endeavour to preserve the Rights and Priviledges of Parliament as they were at the taking of the Covenant and the entring into the present Engagement as the proper sence thereof is obvious to me tendeth directly to take me off for ever from acting even in righteous wayes according to this Oath and Covenant therefore I cannot lawfully enter thereinto Prov. 4. 27. To enlarge your spirit from this streight I conceive there is none other way but to cleere your apprehension from the mistakes wherein you are concerning The way to resolve the Scruple the intent of the Nationall Covenant and of the Oath of Allegiance compared with the true intent of the present Engagement for if it shal appeare that you run upon a cleere mistake concerning the true and righteous