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… Or ‘Dippers Dipt’ for short is a pro-infant baptism and anti anabaptist propaganda document written by a devine of the church of England who was a foremost persecutor of Anabaptists in the 1640s in London. This man was called Daniel Featley.

Daniel Featley (born 1578 in Charlton, Oxfordshire—died April 17, 1645) was an English theologian involved in the translation of the King James Version of the Bible. He sat in the Westminster Assembly of 1643. The fact the such a persecutor was involved in such famous protestant works might suggest a re-examination of their content (a matter for further investigation).

FULL ORIGINAL OLD ENGLISH DOCUMENT AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE FORMATS HERE.

THIS SECTION FROM PAGE 17 of the pdf (which is the third and final page of ‘The preface to the reader’) – Daniel writes in 1645 speaking about Anabaptists.

“This fire in the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and King James and our gracious Sovereign, till now, was covered in England under the ashes; or if it brake out at any time, by the care of the Ecclesiastical and Civil Magistrates it was soon put out. But of late, since the unhappy distractions which our sins have brought upon us, the Temporal Sword being other ways employed, and the Spiritual, locked up fast in the scabberd, this Sect:, among others hath so far presumed upon the patience of the State, that it hath held weekly Conventicles, re-baptised hundreds of men and women together in the twilight in Rivelets, and some arms of the Thames and elsewhere, dipping them over head and ears. It hath printed divers Pamphlets in defence of their heresy, ye, and challenged some of our Preachers to disputation. Now although my bent hath been always hitherto against the most dangerous enemy of our Church and State, the Jesuit, to extinguish such balls of wild
fire kindled in the neighbouring parishes, and many Nadabs and Abihu’s offering it on God’s Altar, I thought it my duty to cast the waters of Siloam upon it, to extinguish it.

Thine in the Lord Jesus ,

D.F.”
(Daniel Featley)

He wrote this and many other things in his book, ‘The Dippers dipt or the Anabaplists dunckt and plunged over head and ears’ in 1645. When he writes of ‘Rivilets, and some arms of the Thames’ it would refer to places like Deptford Creek near Greenwich or the tributaries we still see between Canada Water and Surrey Water.

Notice how he refers to the time of Queen Elizabeth the First and refers to the sword being used against the cursed ‘fire’ of the heritics. The teaching of the disciples spread like fire! The reference to the time of Queen Elizabeth I is surely the document entitled ‘Reformatio Legvm Ecclesiasticarvm‘.

We can ascertain from this that the Anabaptists in the 1600 were taking full advantage of the degree of religious freedom brought about by the English civil war. They were baptising 100s in Bow and Hackney rivers. You will find maps on my Facebook. Disciples live in these areas today. They were known to Featley to have been active in London since the 1530s as we see from the evidence I have shown in ‘The Summe of the Holye Scriptures‘.

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