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REV. JOHN FLETCHER,
LATE VICAR OF MADELEY,
IN SEVEN VOLUMES
PRINTED FOR JOHN KERSHAW, 14, CITY-ROAD,
demn Dr. Crisp's Doctrine........
II. FIFTH CHECK.-PART FIRST.
FOURTH CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM.
To Richard Hill, Esquire.
HON. AND DEAR SIR,
BEFORE 1 take my leave of the Puritan writers, you will permit me to make some observations upon the fault you find with my quoting one of them. Page 94, you introduce a judicious, worthy, reverend friend, charging me with having “ most notoriously perverted the quotation" which I produced out of Flavel, (vol. i. page 356,) and you stamp with your approbation, his exclamation on the subject, “ Could you have expected such disingenuity from Madeley?”.
Now, dear Sir, full of disingenuity as you suppose me to be, I can yet act with frankness. And to convince you of it, I publicly stand to my quotation, and charge your worthy friend with—what shall I call it ?a gross mistake. My quotation I had from that judi. cious Puritan divine, D. Williams, who, far from notoriously perverting the sense of the ministers that drew up Flavel's Preface, has weakened it by leaving out some excellent Anti-Crispian sentences. Permit me to punish your friend for his hasty charge, by laying the whole passage before my readers ; reminding them, that only the sentences enclosed in crotchets, [ ] are quoted in the Vindication.