|Author:||Rich, Robert, d. 1679.|
|Title:||The epistles of Mr. Robert Rich to the seven churches (so called by him) viz. 1. To the Roman Catholick, 2. the Episcopal Protestant, 3. the Presbyterian, 4. the Independent, 5. the Anabaptist, 6. the Quaker, 7. the Church of the First-Born : containing his testimony to God's approbation of the good and aversion to the evil in all persuasions : together with an abstract of a letter of the authors, declaring his gift, or benevolence, sent to each of the said churches.|
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The epistles of Mr. Robert Rich to the seven churches (so called by him) viz. 1. To the Roman Catholick, 2. the Episcopal Protestant, 3. the Presbyterian, 4. the Independent, 5. the Anabaptist, 6. the Quaker, 7. the Church of the First-Born : containing his testimony to God's approbation of the good and aversion to the evil in all persuasions : together with an abstract of a letter of the authors, declaring his gift, or benevolence, sent to each of the said churches.
Rich, Robert, d. 1679.
London: Printed and are to be sold by Francis Smith, 1680.
Reproduction of original in the Harvard University Library.
Society of Friends.
THE PREFACE TO THE READER.
An Abstract of a Letter and Directions of Robert Rich, to Mr. John Raynes, for the distributing of his Benevolence to the Seven Churches in London.
A Note or List of Direction, to Mr. John Raynes, after what manner to dispose of the 210 l. in his hands.
The several and respective Acquittances given for the Receipt of each Thirty Pounds.
1. By the Roman-Catholicks.
2. By the Episcopal-Protestants.
3. By the Presbyterians.
4. By the Independents.
5. By the Anabaptists.
6. By the Quakers.
7. By the Church of the First-Born.
A Salutation to the Seven Churches assembled by Order of Mr. Robert Rich at his Feast of Love. As also a Descant on his Gift to the said Churches.
In Obitam & perpetuam memoriam Domini Roberti Rich Evangelistae, Acrostichon per R. B. Ph.
On the Memory of Mr. Robert Rich, who arrived at Lon∣don from the Barbadoes, Sept. 9. last past, and departed this life Novemb. 16. following, 1679.
Upon the Departure of Mr. Robert Rich, Nov. 16. 1679.
To the Chief Bishop of the Roman-Catholick Church, his Cardinals, Arch-Bishops, Bishops, Doctors, Priests, Deacons, and all other Ecclesiastical Orders and Degrees: To all Generals, Provincials, Ab∣bats, Priors, Guardians, Rectors and Prefects, of whatsoever Religious Orders of the said Church; ROBERT RICH sendeth Greeting in our Lord God Everlasting.
To the Episcopal Protestants, the most Reverend Arch-Bishops, the Right Reverend the Lord Bishops, the Reverend the Priests, Doctors, and Deacons, and all Degrees of the Clergy and Laity of the Church of England, ROBERT RICH sendeth Greeting in our Lord God Everlasting. Allelujah.
To all Teachers, Preachers, and Dispensers of the Word and Sacraments, under the Dispensations of those called Presbyterians, Independents, and Anabap∣tists, ROBERT RICH, a Servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God; which Gospel was promised and preached by the Holy Men of God ever since the Foundation of the World was Laid; as in the Scriptures of Truth you may read, Gen. 3.8, 15. & 12.1, 3. with Gal. 3.8. Deut. 30.11, 12, 13, 14, 15. Rom. 10.6, 8. Jer. 31.31, to 35. with Heb. 8.8, to the end. Isa. 52.7. with Rom. 10.15. Isa. 61.1. with Luke 4.18. & 9.6. Mark 16.15. 2 Cor. 4.4, 6. 2 Tim. 1.10. 1 Pet. 1.12, 25. In the power and strength of which Gospel (the Word in the Heart, or Love of God shed abroad in our Hearts) doth R. R. send Greeting in our Lord God Everlasting. Allelujah.
An Epistle for the most pure Amity and Unity in the Spirit of Life and Love of God, in all sincere-hearted Souls amongst the People called QUAKERS. And as to them, so unto all, or any other Sort or Sect of People that own and follow the Light of Christ Jesus, wherewith every one is enlightned, ROBERT RICH sendeth Greet∣ing in our Lord God Everlasting. Allelujah.
To the Birth of God in all the Sanctified, the Church of the First-Born, whose Names are written in Heaven; who are born again, not of the Will of the Flesh, but of God's Holy Spirit: You to whom is given the White Stone, and the New Name, that none knows but he that hath it, who as living Stones are laid in the Walls (not of the Jerusalem that now is, and is in bondage with her Children, but) of the New Jerusalem that is Above, (in the Heart and Throne of God) which is Free, and is the Mother of us all. To you, however you are di∣vided, or where-ever ye are lodg'd, and held in the Clifts of the Rocks, in Dens and Caves of the Earth, or secret places of the Stars, under all your divided Tribes, RO∣BERT RICH sendeth Greeting in our Lord God Everlasting. Allelujah.