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the Door after me, welcomed me with a Deo gratias ; I had not stay'd long in the Jesuites Hall, before Costerus came in to me, who after a friendly Salutation, fell into a formall speech of the unity of that Church, out of which is no Sal. vation, and had proceeded to leese his Breath, and labour; had not I (as civilly as I might ) interrupted him with this short Answer ; Sir, í befeech you
mistake me not; My Nation tells you of what Religion I am ; I come not hither out of any doubt of my professed belief, or any purpose to change it, but moving a question to this Gen. tleman, concerning the pretended miracles of the time, he pleased to referr me to your self for my Answer, which motion of his I was the more willing to embrace, for the fame that I have heard of your learning and worth, and if you can give me fatisfaction herein, I am ready to receive it : Hereupon we setled to our places, at a Table in the end of the Hall, and buckled to a further discourse ; he fell into a poor and unperfect account of the difference of Divine miracles and Diabolicall; which I modestly refuted; from thence he slipt into a Cholerick invective against oùr Church, which (as he said ) could not yield one miracle; and when I answered, that in our Church, we had manifest proofs of the eje&tion of Divells by fafting and prayer, he answered, that if it could be proved, that ever apy Di. vell was dispofsessed in our Church, he would quit his Religion. Many questions were incidently traversed by us; wherein I found no satisfaction given me ; The conference was long and vehe. ment; in the hear whereof, who should come in but Father Baldwin, an English Jesuite, known to me, as by face ( after I came to Brussells ) fo much more by Fame; he fate down upon a bench, at the further end of the table, and heard no small part
of our Dissertation, seeming not too well apaid, that a Gentleman of hi; Nation, (for still I was spoken to in that habit, by the Itile of Dominatio veftra ) should depart from the Jesuites Colledge no better satisfied : On the next morning therefore he sends the famie English Physitian to my Lodging, with a courte. ous compellation, profelling to take it unkindly, that his Country-man should make choice of any other, to conferr with, then himself, who defired both mine acquaintance and full fatisfa&tion. Sr. Edmund Bacon, in whose hearing the message was delivered, gave me secret signes of his utter unwillingness to give way to my further conferences, the issue whereof ( since we were to pass further, and beyond the bounds of that Protečtion ) might prove dangerous, I returned a mannerly answer of thanks to F. Baldwin; but for any further conference, that it were bootless, I could not hope to
him, and was resolvd, he should not alter me, and therefore both of us should rest where we were. Departing from Brussells we were for Namur's, and Liege : in the way we found the good hand of God, in delivering us from the danger of free-booters, and of a nightly entrance ( amidst a suspicious convoy ) into that bloody City. Thence we came to the Spadane waters, where I had good leasure to add a second century of Medications to those I had published before my jour. ney ; After we had spent a just time at those me. dicinall wells, we returned to Liege, and in our passage up the River Mofa, I had a dangerous confli&t with a Sorbonist, a Prior of the Carmelites, who took occafion by our kneeling at the receit of the Eucharist, to perswade all the company of our acknowledgment of a Transubstantiation ; I satisfyed the cavill
, showing upon what ground this meet posture obtained with us: the man grew furious
upon his convi&ion, and his vehe. ment associates began to joyn with him, in a right down railing upon our Church, and Religion ; I told them they knew where they were, for me, I had taken notice of the security of their Laws, in hibiting any argument held against their Religion established, and therefore stood only upon my de. fense, not casting any aspersion upon theirs, but ready to maintain our own, which though I per. formed in as fair terms as I might, yet the cho
ler of those zelots was so moved, that the paleness of their changed countenances, began to threaten some perillous issue, had not Sir Edmund Bacon, both by his eye, and by his Tongue, wisely tan ken me off; 1 subduced my self speedily from their presence, to avoid further provocation ; the Prior began to bewray fome luspicions of my borrowed habit, and told them, that himself had a green Sattin suit once prepared for his travells into England, so as I found it needfull for me, to lye close at Namur's; from whence travelling the next day towards Brussels in the company of two Italian Captains, Signior Ascamo Negro and another, whose name I have forgotten ; who enquiring into our Nation and Religion, wondred to hear that we had any Baptismor Churches in England; the congruity of my Latin, (in respect of their perfect Barbarisme ) drew me and the rest into their suspicion, so as I might overhear them muttering to each other, that we were not the men we appeared, straight the one of them, boldly exprest his conceit, and together wich this charge, began to inquire of our condition; I told him that the Gentleman he saw before us, was the Grandchild of that renowned Bacon, the great Chancellour of . England, a man of great birth and Quality, and that my felf, and my other companion, travailed in his attendance to the Spa; from the train, and under the Priveledge of our late Ambassador, with which just answer I stopt their Mouths.
Recurning through Brussels we came down to Antwerp, the paragon of Cities; where my curiofity to see a solemn proceflion on St. John Baprists Day might have drawn me into danger ( through my willing unreverence") had not the hulck of a tall Brabanter, behinde whom I stood in a corner of the Street, shadowed me from notice; Thence down the fair river of Scheld, we came to Ulushing, where ( upon the resolution of our company to stay some hours, I hated to Middle. burgh to see an ancient Collegue ; That visit loft me my passage ; ere I could return, I might fee our ship under fail for England, the Master had with the wind altered his Purpose, and called a. boord with such eagerness, that my Company must either away, or undergo the hazard of too much loss : I lookt long after them in vain, and fadly returning to Middleburgh waited long, for an inconvenient and tempestuous parlage.
After some year and half, 'it pleased God in expectedly to contrive the change of my station; My means were but fort at Halsted; yet such as I oft professed, if my then Patron would have ad. ded, but one ten pounds by year ( which I held to be the value of my detained due ) I should ne. ver have removed ; One morning as I lay in my bed, a strong motion was suddenly glanced into my thoughts of going to London ; I arose and beçook me to the way, the ground that appeared