and expounded to him by fome of that Clergy: and indeed all such tractats whether false or true are as the Prophefie of Isaiah was to the Eunuch, not to be understood without a guide. But of our Priests and Doctors how many have bin corrupted by studying the comments of Jesuits and Sorbonists, and how fast they could transfuse that corruption into the people, our experience is both late and fad. It is not forgot, since the acute and distinct Arminius was perverted meerly by the perusing of a namelesse discours writt'n at Delf, which at first he took in hand to confute. Seeing therefore that those books, & those in great abundance which are likeliest to taint both life and doctrine, cannot be sup

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