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A94202 A reviler rebuked, or, Abraham Bonifield's envy, falseness and folly, in his late book, called The cry of the oppressed, etc., laid open in this answer thereunto Written by Oliver Sansom... Sansom, Oliver, 1636-1710. 1696 (1696) Wing S685; ESTC R43915 56,159 52

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of the differing Parties do obstinately refuse to be reconciled But towards the lower end of the same page he grants at length thus That if the Parties or Referrees to whom the matter in difference is referred be in good earnest and do use their utmost endeavours for Peace and Reconciliation c. yet if any one of the Persons or Parties concerned do stand out and be refractory and refuse to yield compliance to the Judgment of the aforesaid all the rest are clear and to be excused and the blame wholly and alone to be placed upon the obstinate or refusing Person or Party c. in case that Partiality and Injustice be not the cause of his overseness This I like well and am so fully assured that we whom he unjustly calls the seven unjust Judges to whom the matters in Difference between W. L. and J. B. and himself were referred were in very good earnest and did use our utmost endeavours for Peace and Reconciliation in Truth and that tho' A. B. do stand out was refractory and did refuse to yield compliance to the Judgment given by us yet there was no Partiality or Injustice on our parts which might be the cause of his averseness That with great Satisfaction and Content of Mind I can and do leave and submit it to the Judgment of God's Holy Witness in the Hearts of his People here and to the Judgment-Seat of Christ hereafter But seeing it is so plainly proved by positive Evidence and most clear Demonstration which cannot be denied that A. B. is deeply guilty of doing great wrong to me and others therefore God's Holy Witnest in the Hearts of his People which is just and true must needs judge and condemn him for it Now this is what I in true love to his Soul do sincerely desire that he may consider of his sad Estate and wait in Humility upon the Lord to know such a Godly sorrow that may work in him a true Repentance unto Life Eternal For if this be not witnessed by him while he have time with what confidence can he think to appear before that Dreadful Tribunal or Judgment-Seat which he in an haughty mind to make a vain flourish hath presumed to Appeal unto where he must certainly be Rewarded according to his doings Abingdon the 29th of the 1st Month 1696. O. S. POSTSCRIPT THere is one thing more which may not be improper to be taken notice of though I had once thought to have passed it over with a slight hint in p. 42. but upon a second consideration concluded it might be of some Service tho' it be but a small matter and there are so many greater matters to be found fault with in his Book to shew that A. B is as foolish as conceited I did intend to have inserted this in p. 42. where it is something touched upon before but I being in the Country it came too late to the Printer's Hand and therefore it is added by way of Postscript 'T is his Etcetera's which having leisure I did for curiosity cast up where I found such an unusual plenty of them in his Book that there are fifteen of them in some single pages and near three hundred of them in the whole Book though it be not eight sheets of Print some whereof are very insignificant and impertinently added As for Example p. 40. speaking concerning the Widow Bunce 's Son he says He went to the Priest for a Wise c. What would he have his Reader think he went for besides a Wife For his Etcetera implies something more than a Wife Again in p. 3. l. 45. he says he with the rest c. did Which is as proper as if he had said he with the rest and the rest did So p. 42. l. 4. Meeting with him at Gracious-street Meeting at the time of the Yearly Meeting c. So p. 18. There ended the matter as the full and result of all and the whole c. viz. the rest besides the whole see also Epist p. 9. again in p 44. l. 14.15 Any Nation Country Kingdom or Place whatsoever throughout the whole World c. Nay so filly is he as to put in or cause to put in with a Pen these useless Etceteras in divers places where the Printer had the Discretion to leave them out as in the page last cited and some others ERRATA PAge 5. line 19. for the Capital read that Capital p. 13. l. 31. for ti●● r. the p. 16. l. 24. for 10th r. 5th p. 18. l. 23. for Meteting r. Meeting l. 24. for these r. those p. 20. l. 2. r. but that he l. 29. for 36. r. 37. p. 21. l. 15. for the Quarterly r. that Quarterly l. 16. r. last Quarterly l. 19. dele same l. 21. for matters r. matter l. 34. for mateer r. matter l. 35. for the r. that p. 22. l. 2. for away and r. away c. p. 28. l. 8. for A. B. r. J. B. l. 39. for had r. hath p. 31. l. 8. for weeks r. years Ibid. r. enquiry made l. 10. for the charge r. this charge p. 35. l. 12. for or r. for p. 44. l. 23. r. of his
deliver up to be destroyed all his Papers and Writings that do relate to or contain matter of Charges Complaints or Reflections against his Brethren W. L. and J. B. and that he cease and forbear Writing any more of the like evil and hurtful tendency which we are sensible can produce nothing but ill consequences and have been gathered together and treasured up not by that Spirit wherein the Fellowship of the Gospel standeth and Bond of Peace is kept but in a wrong Spirit out of the Counsel of God And moreover our Sense and tender Advice to all Friends concerned is That in all things they walk circumspectly in the tenderness and gentleness of the Love and Life of our Lord Jesus Christ and be careful what in them lieth to cut off all occasions of offences from any that may seek it and endeavour to remove the Blocks as much as they can out of the way of them who are in danger of stumbling And as touching Business Meetings and Recording matters there concluded our Sense and Judgment is That if any omission or shortness have been it ought to be acknowledged and amended for the future And as touching open Feuds Heats and Contentions in Publick Meetings our Sense and Judgment is That such things are against the Interest of Truth and tend to stumble and hurt the Weak and ought by all Friends wholly to be avoided and that all Reflections against each other in Publick ought to be forborn as much as may be James Potter Oliver Sansom William Austell William Cooper Benjamin Antrobus John Gidden Richard Vokins Jun. Against this Judgment A.B. and R.S. exclaimed extreamly calling it an Unrighteous Judgment And when at the next Quarterly Meeting which was at Newberry the 6th of the 10th Month 1691. it was read A.B. being present was so Clamorous and Troublesome that the Meeting could not well proceed in their business For which reason partly and partly because some Friends were willing to try what might be done to bring him to a sense of his evil doing and to repent thereof that so the Recording of it might have been spared it was not Recorded in the Book at that Meeting Which tenderness towards him he hath since made an evil use of falsly suggesting as if the Meeting was not satisfied therewith and could not agree about Recording of it but at the next Quarterly Meeting following it was Recorded by Order of the Meeting in the Meeting-Book A.B. who was present behaving himself more like a Man bereaved of his Sences than like a Sober Man threatning a sad Judgment that should fall on Friends if they did Record that Unrighteous Judgment as he called it for he by his great swelling words would have frighted Friends if he could from doing it But Friends saw his Spirit to be wrong and Recorded the Judgment which hath stood and will stand over him and let him twist or twine which way he can he will never get from under it unless he Repent Thus Reader I have given thee as briefly as I could a plain and true Account of this Matter so far as the Quarterly Meeting was concerned in it by which thou mayest see a pretty deal of A. Bonifield's Shifting Tricks the uncertainty of his Temper and the unruliness of his Spirit which cannot rest nor be quiet He hath represented things in his Book far otherwise than in truth they were But he is so hobled in the doing it that from his own Book his Falshood appears He makes the ground of his refusing to stand Tryal before those Friends whom the Quarterly Meeting upon his Complaint had with his own consent referred it to because his Complaint was not openly read in the Quarterly Meeting In this he discovers a great want both of Judgment and Sincerity Had he not wanted Judgment he might have seen that as it was properly in the Power and at the Dispose of the Quarterly Meeting whether a Complaint not coming from a Monthly Meeting but in a private manner should be read openly in the Meeting or no So it was not reasonable that a Complaint against any Member or Members of the Meeting should be read openly in the Meeting unless that Meeting had intended to have had the whole matter contained in such Complaint Examined Heard Try'd and Determined in the open Meeting which that Meeting did not think fit Had he not wanted Sincerity he would not have started back and refused to stand to what the Meeting had Ordered and himself had agreed to much less would he have alledged this as a Pretence or Excuse for his so doing when-as he had consented to submit his Cause to be Heard and Determined by those Seven Friends whom the Meeting had appointed thereunto and the time was set for the hearing thereof after he knew the Meeting had refused to have his Complaint openly read And he himself afterwards at the Quarterly Meeting at Reading in the 3d Month 1691. without having his Complaint openly read did offer to leave his Cause to the same Seven Friends that had been before appointed by the Meeting for them to hear and end it which shews his Exception against them both before and since was but a Shifting Cavil and that he was void of Integrity in urging it Besides the Reasons as he calls them which he gives why he would have had his Complaint read openly and why upon the not reading thereof he refused to stand to the Meetings Order and his own Agreement doth sufficiently manifest his own unreasonableness they are in p. 4 5 6. of his Book where also he changes the Title of his Paper from a Complaint to a Petition which word he repeats over and over near half a score times I guess and in his Confusion calls it sometimes and most often a Petition simply sometimes a Petition or Complaint and anon a Petition and Complaint not knowing himself what he would be at Or as if he knew not the difference between a Petition and a Complaint Charge or Impeachment The fore part of that Paper which he calls Something offered as the Reasons of desiring the publick Hearing or Reading of a Petition c. which begins in his 4th page hath nothing in it of Reason or that looks like Reason let him assign any Sentence out of it if he can After that in p. 5. he sets a new Title thus Here followeth something upon a Second and more Deliberate Consideration what I now find my self concerned and best satisfied to do and so far is he from offering Reasons in this that it rather shews his resolute Will than Reason To this in his 6. p. he adds a Postscript in which he says are Two weighty Reasons for a Publick Hearing of the Petition first because the Grievances therein contained relate to the Monthly Meeting so not a Private nor a Personal Concern If this be true it makes against him For it is evident the Monthly Meeting did not Imploy nor Impower him to make