2. All other churches of Europe are brought to desolation, and our sins,
for which the Lord begins already to frown upon us and to cut us
short, do threaten evil times to be coming upon us, and wbo knows,
but that God hath provided this place to be a refuge for many whom he
means to save out of the generall calamity, and seeing the Church hath
no place left to fly into but the wilderness, what better work can
there be, then to go and provide tabernacles and food for her against
she comes thether:
4. The whole earth is the Lord's garden and He hath given it to the Sons of men with a general Comission: Gen. 1:28: increase and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it, which was again renewed to Noah: the end is double and natural, that man might enjoy the fruits of the earth, and God might have his due glory from the creature. Why then should we stand striving here for places of habitation, etc, (many men spending as much labor and cost to recover or keep sometimes an acre or two of Land, as would procure them many and as good or better in another country) and in the meantime suffer a whole continent as fruitful and convenient for the use of man to lie waste without any improvement?
5. We are grown to that height of intemperance in all excess of Riott, as no mans estate almost will suffice to keep sail with his equals: and he who fails herein, must live in scorn and contempt. Hence it comes that all arts and trades are carried in that deceitfull and unrighteous course, as it is almost impossible for a good and upright man to maintain his charge and live comfortably in any of them.
7. What can be a better work, and more honorable and worthy a Christian than to help raise and supporte a particular Church while it is in the Infancy, and to join his forces with such a company of faithful people, as by a timely assistance may grow strong and prosper, and for want of it may be put to great hazard, if not wholly ruined . . . ?