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of Baptism I ever made use of, when I baptized my Grand-children and a few others; after they were come to Years of Difcretion, and had been carefully inftructed in the Principles of Christianity: When it is reprinted it should be done with a very few Corrections, as they stand in my own Copy.

In September the fame Year 1713, I published the Chriftian's Rule of Faith; or a Table of the most ancient Creeds: Engraved in Copper by Mr. Sènex, in one large Sheet. Price is.

N. B. The Words of Rufinus's Verfion, of Origen's Account of the Apoftolical Preaching, concerning the Holy Ghost, bonore & dignitate patri ac filio fociatum; Who is joined to the Father an Son in Honour and Dignity are omitted in this Table; as evidently Rufinus's Addition. See the Athanafian Confeffions at the End of my Reply to the Earl of Nottingham. Page 47-64.

In November, the fame Year, 1713, I published Reasons for not proceeding against Mr. Whiston by the Court of Delegates. In a Letter to Dr. Pelling, under the Name of a Lover of Truth and true Religion. This was afterwards reprinted under my own Name, and inferted into the Papers belonging to that Court of Delegates: Of which hereafter.

Now it may be worth our while to Obferve here, fome Things very remarkable as to this Court of Delegates. The first is with Relation to Mr. Baron Price, who was one of them, and one


of the beft Reputation among then, and esteemed a great Lover of the Church of England alfo. Now this Mr. Baron Price, went the Circuit in the Year 1714, to Stafford in particular, when Mr. Turton, the Son of Judge Turton, was High Sheriff; and my great Friend Mr. John Lawrence went with him to Stafford as his Chaplain, when I also went along with them. At this Affizes, the Baron in giving his Charge to the Grand Jury, exhorted them to prefent all fuch as blafphemed or condemned the Church's Doctrine of the Trinity: Which Charge I heard myfelf to my great Diffatisfaction. Upon this, the High Sheriff afterward told the Baron that I was in Court, and fhould naturally fuppofe this Part of his Charge levell'd against me in particular. The Baron reply'd, that " He meant no "fuch Thing; that it was only his ufual Form: Nay

that I was the honefteft Man in the World, and that he was then reading my Works: ' Which Declaration agrees with that I heard him fay publickly, in the Court of Delegates, when the Bishop of Winchester, Trelawny, another of the Delegates, was preffing the Judges to haften their Determinations what was legal Herefy only: While, the other Bishops and himself, as he pretended, well knew what was Herefy by the New Teftament, and the three first Centuries already: The Baron reply'd, that they wanted more Light in that Matter, [by a Court of Adjuncts:] And that for himself he faidto the Bishop, "My Lord, I will "not take Herefy upon my Shoulders nor upon my Confcience!" At which Anfwer the Bishop exprefs'd


prefs'd his great Diffatisfaction. It may also deserve to be noted, how uneafy Mr. Juftice Tracy, another of thofe Delegates, with whom I had fome Accquaintance before, was at this Court, ftill whispering Sir Peter King, who was one of my Counsel, to move for a Prohibition, that they might get rid of it. It may not withal be amifs to make mention of his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, my old Friend and Patron, upon this Occafion; who gave me ten Guineas to fee Mr. Nich. Lechmere, with Leave to keep thofe ten Guineas to myself, if he would not accept of them. And of Mr. Lechmere himself, who as he would not take a Fee of me, fo did he give me the best Advice in the World, as I thought, and what I highly approv'd of, gratis; viz. Not to truft to an extempore Defence, but to write it down, to print it, to read it in open Court, to publish it the next Day; and that then they would move for a Prohibition: Which Advice I followed as far as was neceffary: For the then Lord Chief Justice Dod, one of the Delegates, tho' greatly teaz'd to appoint Days for farther Proceedings by the Bp. of Winchefter, was fo uneafy at his Sollicitations, that at length he return'd him this fhort Answer, that be would not be a fudge about Herefy: Which put an End to the Meetings of that Court, till the Act of Grace 1715, which pardoned all fuchpretended Herefy whatsoever.

N. B. It may not be amifs to relate here, fome farther particular Facts in the Course of this Profecution: One is this, that when Mr. Alexander, Q 2


the Profecutors Proctor, came once to Dr. Paul, one of my Advocates (and one by the Way that never took a fingle Fee of me during the intire Profecution, as the other Dr. Penrice never took any more than one retaining Guinea) when I was with him, and begg'd my Pardon, and told me, How my afferting that to be primitive Christianity, which was then efteemed the groffeft Herefy, made their Hair ftand an End. I replied, "Mr. Alex"ander, your Party enter into Points which they "know little of, but which I know to the Bot"tom. They charge me with twelve Articles of "Herefy, meaning the Arian Herefy as it was " condemned at the Council of Nice. Now if I could "have the fame Juftice done me in this Court, which you aim to do in other Cafes, which I know I can"not have; (for if you should clear me, you would "be esteem'd Hereticks, yourselves) I would put "the Matter upon this Iffue, that if any one of thofe

twelve Articles, or any one Claufe in any of those "twelve Articles be any Part of the Arian Herefy, asit 86 was condemned at theCouncil ofNice, I will be con❝tented to be burnt in Smithfield, and all my Papers "with me." Another Time, when I came to the fame Advocate Dr. Paul, he told me, he had learned that the Defign was to haften on the Profecution to a Determination or Sentence, fo very foon after the Christmas Holydays 1714, as if poffible to get all over before the Courts were open in Westminster-Hall; that I might be debarr'd the Advantage of moving there for a Prohibition. And hat they had fent for the Bishop of Bath and Wells,


Bp. Hooper, the most learned of the Bishops among my Delegates, accordingly. To which the Bishop's Answer was, that he would not come up at that Time. He alfo, as I have been infor m'd, faid, he could go fo far with the Court against me, as to Excommunication. (As he once fent Orders to the Bath to have me denied the Communion there, which I patiently fubmitted to) but he could not consent to the fending me to Prison; (which was yet the natural Refult in the Courfe of our Law, of fuch Excommunication;) nor was it any other than he, as I have heard, who propofed the Adjournment of the Court fine Die, and perhaps with fome Inclination, that it might meet no more: As in reality it did not meet any more at all. Dr. Paul alfo informed me, that he had heard the Intention of fome of my Enemies was to get me once into Prifon, and then to give out I was difordered, and under that Pretence to keep my Wife, Children, and Friends from me; with the additional Prohibitation of Pen, Ink, and Paper. To fuch a Degree of fear were they driven, and fo little did they expect to ftop the Progrefs of my Doctrine by fair reasoning and examination.

It might be about this Year 1713, that certain Deputies from the Church of England Congregation at New England arrived here, to ask, in a ferious Manner, the Advice of our Convocation, which, in the Simplicity of their Hearts they Thought to be in earnest for Primitive Chriftianity, about this Question, whether the wafbing the Difciples Feet, including that additional Command, I have given you


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