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and many of the rest in which we your soule in submission to his dispodiffer, I could do nothing further, salls, and blesse your labours for his being here stopt at the entrance. But church. I remain, all is to no purpose. Your son pro
“ Your Brother, fesseth his unfitness for present ver
“ RI. BAXTER. ball conference in order to his satis- “ Aug. 6, 1659. faction. It must be by writing ;. I desired him to write expeditiously, he William Thoinas, Minister at Úbley,
“ Por my Reverend Brother, Mr. in one room, and I in another: we
in Somersetshire, this. tried it one day; but this allso he will not proceed in, nor stand to what he A Letter, without an Address, giving speaks, or so suddainly writes : and so when he revoketh it I lose all my
an Account of the Landing of the
Prince of Orange. labour. I have since proceeded to make one more attempt in his deli- “ Dartmouth, No. 6, 1688. berate way, but to no satisfaction of
Tuesday. his or mine, for we agree not in our
“ Before this comes to y' hand you principles : so that, in a word, I find will know y' y* Dutch fleet yesterday iny weakness to be so great, that I in ye afternoon entered Torbay, conam uncapable of serving your son or șisting of 300 saile, and iminediately you in the businesse that you expected began to land their men at Brixam my assistance in. And, therefore, I Key, of which I have given an account advise you to let your son loose no by severall express to the Secret. of more of his time here; for lost it State, to y E. of Bath and ye Sheriffs must be: and time is pretious : ffor of ye country. And this evening have my part, seeing conference and pre- dispatch another to Whitehall
, giving sent writing are waies unsatisfactory to
an account wi was done last night; him, I am utterly uncapable, through and this day there are landed 30,000 y multitude of my emploiments, to foot, 11,000 horse. The P. of Orange follow him any further in his way of is there in person wth many English copious, long, deliberated writings, grandees. One of his Declarations especially when I see that they allso was brought to me last night, which I are uselesse. He desireth to live as a forwarded to the Secret. of State exp. chaplaine. I thought it most conve- Dr. Pryn an Ferguson both preach nient that he should live with yourself
, this day, one in Brixam, and the other for methinks there should be more in y® camp uppon the hills neare Brixforbearance, and consequently more
ain Key. "Tis said yre are 60 saile quiet and comfort between a ffather of y' fleet come safe to Torbay, alsoe and an only son than among strangers. this day, which have on board 10,000 I can live confortably with him, (he Sweeds, and that there are in all upbeing of a quiet disposition and a
ward of 4,000 saile in Torbay. They blamelesse life,) much more may you, report that they had advise before they &c. I thought from the beginning that came out of Holland, that a squadron his abode here would be but to his of y' fleet had landed 12,000 men at losse, and experience now forceth me Newcastle. Here is no militia, nor to tell you that you must expect no
any force to withstand y" in ye counmore from me, but what I may as
try. A little time will tell we methods well do at a distance as if he be here. they will take. Some devise they will I pray desire him to send you a copy send about many of their fly-boats and of all the papers that have past be- hoys for y' security, which will give tweene us, that you may see how the trouble. case stands. I think to give him
“ JOH. WHEAR. * shortly my thoughts about originall
“Just now a messenger from Brixsin, but I can as well do it if he be am brings me an account that some elsewhere as here. One or other draw- hundreds of them are marcht this eth him most weekes to preach for afternoon for Newtown, and tomorrow them : W" he is at home, he uniteth intend for Exeter, that there are alwith us in the publick worship. To the rest I thought not meet to urge (* The writing is so illegible that the him. The Lord direct you, and quiet transcriber is doubtful as to this name.)
ready 300 lysted, that severall of their y ye disciples did not know ye eternal vessells of artillery are sailed for generation, till after ye resurrection, Topsham Barr to land their cannon, and yet they knew y' Jesus was ye X', ye all as neare Exeter as they can, and Sonne of ye living God, wch seem to be that all this day they have been land- used as words of the same importance, ing men and horse."
Matth. xvi. 16, John vi. 69, and Mark
and Luke say only-Thou art ye X', To Baxter, on the Right of Antitric and for this confession were declared
nitarians to be esteemed Christians. blessed. Justin Martyr sayeth y many ---(Supposed to be from Gilbert orthodox Xtiane placed ye divinity of Clerke.)
Xt in his unction, as I noted before. [This letter and the next, and also But I doubt you will hardly find one a very long one on “ Original Sin,” good testimony in any of ye three which we propose to give in a future first centuries for that which you ac. number, are in the same hand-writing count most essential. I have read ya as the letter printed in the last volume, and can find no such thing, but of the XVIII. 65–71. From the initial sig- Arrian opinion enough. Surely Ori. nature of that letter, G. C., as well as gen's Testimonie for matter of His. from the internal evidence, we attri- torie, for what was or was not believed buted it to Gilbert CLERKE, the in ye churches, must needs be of great
See Contra Celsū, li. 8, well-known and learned Unitarian, of authoritie. whom we gave some account. Our (init.) p. 387, where he sayeth, it is opinion is confirmed by the date of no wonder y! some few amongst so the second of the two following letters, great a multitude of beleivers should viz. Lamport, which (we learn from hold rashly-owtñpa to'y dad was. the Gazetteers) is a village near Nor- Beoy, &c.; but wee (sayeth he) doe thampton, and Nelson, in his Life of not hold so, who beleive himselfe, Bull, before quoted, says that, on re- saying, ‘My Father is greater than 1. fusing to take his degree, he retired What a multitude was there then of into Northamptonshire. Ed.]
no Xlians, in those days and after,
when ye world groaned under Arri“ Sir,
anisme, when Athanasius was against “As to your letter, for wch I thanke the world, and ye world was against yon, I willingly acknowledge ye Tri- Athanasius, and ye Arrian Councils nity in Unity, and X' to be not meer were most and biggest, when Con. man but true God, in ye Scripture stantius said, (as Theodoret reports,) sense, therefore I am a Christian.
“Quis tu es Liberi, qui solus cum Then as to your syllogism you know scelerato isto (Athan.) facis. Num y' I denie ye minor, wch, if it should authoritas urbis inajor est quam aube false, how great must ye error thoritas orbis. (Li. 2, C. 16.) needs be, wch unchristians all ye Apos- “To confesse Jesus to be ye Xt is tles and primitive Xtians, and all true next to nothing since the grand aposbelievers in ye world quâ such; if I tacy, but in ye primitive church an graunted both your propositions your exalted Saviour was in better request, argument would not conclude me to it was to warpe indeed, in my opinion, be no Xtian, but only no perfect Xtian, to budge froin that towards any angeand surely such of my adversaries can lical or superangelical essentialities or be no good ones, who are not only so personalities call you what you will, erroneous and stiff in their errours, for they could not tell what to call y but so uncharitable also.
first; witnesse the noted saying of “For ye present I must denie yHierom. 'Obtestor beatitudinem tuam major, viz. He that denieth y' in X per crucifixum, ut mihi vel dicendawch is most essential in him, denieth rum vel tacendarum hypostas-Ey deX', for admit your minor was true, tur libertas ;' I glory in yt one mediayet Jesus was called X', in respect of tour-ye Man Xi Jesus—made Lord his unction; but God, above whom and X.-Ps. viii. 'Lord, what is man." there is no other God, (as Justin &c. Martyr, according to ye mode of those “ All ye world hath seemed to aptimes, oft calls the Father,) cannot be prehend some repugnancy to reason ; anointed. Maldonati in Evang. thinkcs but I have seldom troubled myself to confute yt opinion by reason, adhering perfection. These things are cleare wholly to Scripture; nor doe I know enough, but education, interest, corany yt pretend to use reason more in rupt philosophy, ye pretended authoy case, than Protestants use to doe rity of the church, ye clamour of in the point of transubstantiation. I apostates, are of mighty power to enam not wholly unexerciz'd in philo- toxicate men against the clearest ar, sophie, new and old, and doe beleive, guments. I know also that the inby what I have read in Morney and scrutable judgement of God must others, and ye little discourse I had concurre, who lays stumbling blocks with you, yt
, I guesse at your method; even in Scripture: see Tertul. de Preonce I heard a ffreind of mine bewaile script. c. 39, nec periclitor dicere, ye ill successe wch Beckerman had ipsas quoque scripturas sic esse ex with Goslavius a Behelno ; but for Dei voluntate dispositas ut hæreticas my part let any man prove his opinion materias subministrarent, quum leby Scripture, and I will renounce my gam opporteat hæreses esse, quæ sine philosophy. If you had applied the scripturis esse non possunt. I saie super angelical nature to the Holy apostates, for who can denie, but yt Spirit, who is the Angell of God's as to this Controversie ye Pope of presence, Is. Ixiii. 9, 10, I should Rome hath been all along as orthodox have liked it, and for ye union of God as ye best of you? Youle say, he holds with Xt, or X being partaker of the yt there is a God; I reply, but not as Divine nature, who can denie it in a Christian. One said to me ye Pope X', who acknowledgeth it in Xtian, is exactly orthodox in ye Í'rinitic, 2 Pet. i. 4, though in Xi more emi- ergo, he is not Anti-Xt 1 answered, nently and transcendantly, ye spirit of Hee is Anti-X1, therefore search hiin God without measure perpetually re- well upon ye hue und cry for that. sideing in him? But in my own de- “ The Lord give us understanding fence, and to prove I am a Xtian, let in all things." me syllogize too. He yt beleiveth ye Jesus It was conceived by yo Holy To Baxter on his Book on EpiscoSpirit, according to ye Creed, (and
pacy.---(Supposed to be from GilLuc. i. 35,) beleiveth him to be princi. bert Clerke.) pally and more fully to be called ye Sonne of God than of man, even ac
“ Lamport, Sept. 19, 1681. cording to his huinanity. But I beleive y Jesus Xt was, &c. ergo. The major
“ Since I wrote to you I read your is your owne, of origin. sinne, p. 222, booke of Episcopacy. Surely they 1. 19. The minor is my confession and must be much prejudiced, whom your ye confession of all Christians ; if so, historicall proofes and 31 evidences then sure I beleive him to be ye Sonne will not satisfie; but I do not like of God, ye X', ergo I ain a Xtian; your wary parenthesis of Arch-BP', as and to give the minor more full weight, jure divino, I feare it tends to hold us I beleive, inoreover, according to Ps. in ye old bondage, or to introduce ii. 7, Ro. i. 4, yt Xt was regenerated another as bad at the back dore. I as ye Sonne of God, by ye resurrection graunt yt y' civil soveraign authority from ye dead: by the almighty power may appoint such as farre as it is and spirit of God, in respect of his concerned, viz. as to the publique immortal, impassible and glorious houses of worship, maintenance, caubody, and his being enstated into all tion agst sedition ; but for yt ye power, both in heaven and in earth; king's commission is ordination suffihow then doe I hold a person of such cient, nor is it necessary yt such a diguity and majesty to be a mere man? visitour should be a BP at all ; neyHow a mere inan, even in respect of ther will I denie but yt yBps assobis essence, as on extenuating D" ciating may appoint a President for are pleased to say ; but rather as ye order's sake and as edification shall king's sonne must needs be a prince, require, more than so in men fallible so God's Sonne must needs be à God, is like to doe more hurt than good, though not God himselfe, no more we know what the grandure of great than the prince is ye king, under- churches and president BP8 came to : standing those things in scriptural therefore abundant cautela is necessense, and such as emplyes no im- sary. Most have hitherto looked upon
ye Bns as ye successors of ye Apostles Nicene Councell, who set the first in ye of ym wch was fixed and perma- horn upon ye two horned beast, and nent. The Scripture hath given direc- before any imperial sanction. tions for Bishops ; why gave it not the “ You seemed to me also in one or like for Arch-BPS as to their election, two places to equall the Presbyters ordination, the limits of their power too much to their BP, not that I thinke and diocesses ?
but that secondary presbyters should “ If they have jurisdiction over ye assist their Bp in preaching, if they BP', then also over ye people, omne be able, especially in private houses inajus continet se minus, then it and with his consent, forr Xt to be will be easie to graunt to them a re- sure appointed things as most usefull gulation of church members, and and best for saveing soules, not as power of excoinmunication, so yť (mue cadaverous rites, charmes or formaiatis nominibus) wee are well 'enough lities, not as painted idols, pageants in England already, especially since and puppetts, trinked up to stupifie ye magistrate is also Christian, and and delude the vulgar. But the cheife will have it so. Why did not Ignatius, office of such presbyters was to goso ncar ye Apostles, say Presbyters be verne the manners of ye people being sulject to y Bishops, and Bishops be (except in a few great churches) but subject to yArch-BPS?
as our ordinary and more understandCyprian sayth y every Br is ab. ing tradesmen. The Scots prohibited solute in his owne church; see Dr. elders to preach, &c., be ye circumBarrow's Pope's Supremacy, p. 220: stances what they would, else ye Lonagaine, de Simpl. prælat. Episcopatus don jus divinum ministerii deserves to unus est cujus a singulis in solidum, be considered. I never saw a good pars tenetur ; how in solidum ?
answer yet to I Tim. v. 17, • Let the “If an Arch-B! may controll himelders that rule well,' &c.; but I conand to ye Bps in ye Councell of Car- ceive that in a small church where thage : Nemo nostrum se constituit there is no great difference in ye quaepiscopum episcoporum, yet he was lifications of the meinbers, there is President BP of a large province.- no necessity of cyther Presbyters or Tertullian, lib de Pudicitiâ, liji. 6, Deacons, and much lesse of Deacons, mocks the BP of Rome, as if he would now ye magistrate is Xtian, as we have be episcopus episcoporum, as Mr, no Deaconesses. Thornedyke sayth, though Junius ex- "Since my writing this I had a curcuscth it, it was an old proverb, ye no sory sight of Mr. Sherlock's defence; man was to be BP in another man's I see he catcheth at that of Arch-Bps : diocesse.
some thinke you will be concerned to “ If an Arch-Bp, why not primates answer, not to all ye book, but to the and patriarchs, &c., wch were most cheife passages, especially in ch. vii., certainly but of imperial constitution, where he speakes of the inultitude of as Dr. Barrow also sayth.
believers and greatnesse of churches “If one BP be unsound, another in great cityes, (urged long since in may keepe his church pure, therefore the London jus divinum,) yet but one I argue ex paritate with Gregorius M. BP in a city, never so great. To weh 6: then if an Arch-BP should faile all a ffriend of mine, who seemed to be the churches in a kingdome sbould moved by this authour, I answered fall with him ; this hath been proved thus : by wofull experience: there is no such “Mr. Sherlock confesseth ye a man thing as an æcumenicall governing may be a true BP of a small church, church, nor a national governing and who can denie it? But his adchurch as a corporation, jure divino, versaries will not graunt so much of Matth. iv. 17, ergo, there is neither lis monstrous Diocesan, especially if Pope nor Arch-BP.
he doth not reside and preach, there« One BP would excommunicate an fore 'tis safest to be of ye way wh all equal B”, and a councell of Bus would graunt to be true, yt the people may doe so much more ; but was such a be surest to reape the benefitt, and sovereign power in Arch-Brs (wch too ye BP in some hopes to be able to scandalously æmulates yo grandure of discharge his office to all his church, jealous princes) to depose heretical at least with the assistance of elders. Bps usual, and graunted before the Suppose a thing hath been in some places antiently practised and was sim- by any one. This benevolent treatply lawfull; nay, convenient in some ment awakened the gratitude and efcases of need and circumstances, yet fected the reformation of the young why should not good Xtians endeavour man, who is now a person of highly after the most easie, undeniable, use- respectable character.” ful and comniendable formes, if men studied the churches' benefit more Lord Cork and Protestant Bigotry in than their own filthy lucre.
Ireland. “ Sir, I crave your pardon for sending A MONG the most distinguished
names connected with the his. coles to Newcastle."
tory of Youghall, the most eminent is
that of Richard Boyle, or, as he is Reformation by means of Kindness: commonly styled, the great Earl of a Story from Life.
Cork, who landed in Ireland a needy [The following anecdote is extracted and speculative adventurer, and in a from a letter received by the Editor, short time acquired honours, titles and respecting a gentleman with whom he wealth ; by what ineans affords a fair was acquainted, a member of an Unic subject for inquiry, and one which tarian congregation.]
most writers have been willing to re
cord on his own assertion, as Lord decease, our friend found that in life, written by himself in a tone one of his clerks had wronged him of huinility that ill accords with his considerably, and I believe even put known arrogant and haughty demeahis life into his power ; without ap- nour, when he had no purpose to serve pearing to have discovered the circum- by a contrary behaviour. stance, Mr.
desired the young Lord Cork is said to have powerman to come to his dwelling-house in fully advanced the English interest in the afternoon ; he watched for his Ireland, and it must be granted, if the arrival, opened the door himself, and severest intolerance has been benefiafter leading him up into a chamber cial to the cause of union: the bigotry and locking the door, informed him of the Protestants against their Rothat all his misconduct was made
man Catholic brethren in those towns known. Pale and trembling, the of- under his influence reached a degree fender dropped upon his knees; the of marked violence unknown in any master bade him not be terrified at other part of the kingdom, and which the punishment, but think of the guilt feeling is not entirely eradicated at the of the deed which he had done ; and present hour; I need only instance after saying as much as he thought the town of Bandon, where, over the would be profitable, he left him, car. principal gate, an inscription once rying the key from the outside of his stated thať door. Before night he took him re
JEW, TURK OR ATHEIST freshments, and talking to him again,
MAY ENTER HERE, desired him to go to bed and reflect. He
BUT NOT A PAPIST. treated him in the same way through the whole of the next day, suffering The following severe reply to this no one to enter the room but himself, offensive inscription is said to have and endeavouring to impress his mind, caused its reinoval : in a manner that you will imagine Whoever wrote this, wrote it well, better than I can describe. When the For the same is written on the gates succeeding day drew to a close, he vi- of Hell. sited him for the last time, saying, 'I At Youghall it was forbidden in now come to release you ; here is a 1678, and remains on record, that a letter to a friend of mine in London, Papist should buy or barter any thing who knows nothing of your crime, in the public market; and the manuand will give you immediate employ- script annals of the town, from which ment. Here is money,' added he, I have been favoured with extracts, putting a purse into his hand, 'to afford evidence of the illiberality of its support you till your first quarter's corporation towards those of the Casalary becomes due.' He then con- tholic persuasion; nor is it without ducted him out of the house unseen regret that I add the enactinents quo