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* many times >to be undone wirii'out their own fault. There'fore, it is usual, < when any Man 'in a way of Trade becomes

* disabled , for the Creditors to i make such a Composition with 'him,, as his- Estate will bear j

* and upon this. Composition, to 'give him a full Discharge , so 'as- that they cannot afterwards 'by Law require of him the 'Remainder of their Debt.

'Now, plough this be a favour *" to-the Debtor, yet it is princi'pally intended for the Benefit of 'the Creditor.

* Because it being his Act, it 'is to be presumed , that he in'tended it as much as may be,

* for his own Advantage.

* ' And so it is. For the Credic tor much Satisfaction

* at present, as can be had. And 'the Debtor is hereby left in a

. 'Capacity of recovering himself

gence. Which"could- not -be, ififcoy-Wtitf; riot: fiilJy- Dischar

• For if he were Hill liabiefor the rest, he would continually be obnoxious-to Imprisonment; which would render him incapable of following his Calling. Or if he were at Liberty , he could have no Credit to enable him to»do any thing in his Calling. For who would trust a Man with any thing, who is liable every Moment to have it taken from him ?■ -. f • ■.-*

'So thatrthe Reason of this plenary Discharge fe this. That Men, who are otherwise hopeful , and in a fair Probability of recovering themselves, maw not* be rendred incapable or getting an Estate afterwards • -whereby they may Support themselves* and Discharge their Debt». ,11 \ "•/-■-« i; ■:'. ■ ..••*•'.•' :."s«l 'NOW

..'•Now l^ biscfeArge -ja^g \ glywr in order ;tfr -th^^a^^ 'it cannot be imagined ^t-fit 1 should be intended to -defeat 'them. Bat it is in att reason

* to be supposed, that the-'Credi'tons did not intend to take off 'the Obligation of Equity and 4 GoxscietKe; onbs they defined 4 to put the Man into a Condi*tion^ of doing something % to*;wards the enabling him to^s'charge his Debt. "' *

, v*So that unleft it were ex

* press xi at the Composition, that

'the Creditor would never ex- ,. 'pect more, from him, upon ac'count of Egaity and .Cdafri

* eoee , but did freely forgive

* him the reft , the contrary '.whereof is u&ally done ,* I sayT Unless it were thus exprese'd,

* therekao reason why ifee^re'ditar's favour, hi making a 4 Composition, ihould be abused 4 to his Prejudice j and why a 4 Legal Discharge, given him on


* purpose for this Reaibn among 'others , .to put him into a Ca• 'pacity.of Recovering mmsclf,

* and giving full Satisfaction; 'mould be Ib interpreted, as to 'extinguish the equitable Right

* of the Creditor to the Remain

* der of his Debt. V. A&. Tillotion's Serm. Vol. VIII. p. 413.

I have recited this Cafe at large , for the Conviction of all Persons concerned.

And if the Sick Mah hath been guilty in this Instance , by making a fraudulent Composition; and hath enriched himielr by cheating his Creditors, fas too many, «Q>eti«aiy of late, hire doney| I admo* . rush him, in the Name of God, {& tin' «s his'Circumstances will admit) to make speedy Restitution:.} :.. i s .if'

And because Men aie apt to be too favoura* *.? Me to themselves; let him take the Advice^ of his SfirhtuiLGuide, or some ofher Prudeirt Friend, How, and in Wfmt %latr~ '" "Aer, xp make such Restitution. .

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Os Injuries done to mr ife/g/jf* lours Reputation, and Good Name. • 'j *

A Good Name is better than .precious Ointment. Eccl.^7. 1. And accordingly, as all other precious things, ought very highly to be valued and secured. .

Not only for that private Benefit which it brings to a Man's own Person, ( a good Report maketh the Bones fat. Prov. if. 30.} but chiefly for that Publick Capacity which it gives us, to be , more signally Instrumental to the Welfare of Others.

And therefore, to injure a Man's Reputation, and to deprive him of his Good Name, is the highest Injustice.

Now there are Two Principal Ways, to which all Others may be reduced, whereby this Injury


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