Particular Baptists Arrested for the Confession of Faith

Particular Baptists Arrested for the Confession of Faith

Journal of the House of Commons
Die Jovis (Thursday), 29 Januarii, 1645/6

Resolved, &c. That the Serjeant do apprehend Benjamin Cox and Samuel Richardson, the Parties that delivered a Pamphlet at the Door to the Members of this House, intituled, “A Confession of Faith of Seven Congregations or Churches of Christ in London, which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists;” and do take Bail of them, to appear, from time to time, at the Committee for plundered Ministers: And that it be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers, to examine the Book, and the Parties, whose Names are subscribed; to send for the Licenser and Printer; and state the Business to the House with all Speed: And that the Committee of plundered Ministers shall have Power to advise with such of the Assembly of Divines, as they shall think fit to send for upon this Business.

Ordered, &c. That the Masters and Wardens of the Company of Stationers do forthwith take diligent Care to suppress a Pamphlet, intituled, “A Confession of Faith of Seven Congregations or Churches of Christ in London, which are commonly, but unjustly, called Anabaptists.”

Ordered, &c. That the Serjeant at Arms do immediately send some of his Servants to seize and suppress the said Books.

Ordered, &c. That the Parties that delivered the said Pamphlet at the Door be called in; and demanded, By what Order and Authority the said Pamphlet was published; and who licensed it.

Samuel Richardson and Benjamin Coxe were accordingly called in; and, being demanded, Who printed the said Pamphlet, said, One Simonds; and that he got it licensed: And Richardson said, That the Printer told him, That Mr. Downeham licensed it: That this was a Second Edition: That they had Meetings every First Day of the Week: That there were Seven Congregations of them English, and One French: And that the Subscribers were Two of every Congregation.

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/commons-jrnl/vol4/pp420-422

The first London Baptist Confession was a pamphlet, so it makes sense that it was handed out this way.
See the left-hand work:
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One copy on EEBO has the date Jan. 28 on it. Perhaps Benjamin Coxe and Samuel Richardson handed it out, literally hot off the press.

Do we confess the faith with such courage?

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