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him; that he could bear the kneeling of even Bifhops before him, when, at a folemn Meeting of the Members of the Society for propagating the Gofpel in Foreign Parts, he gave the Bleffing, which I myself faw: That he would procure half a Dozen Footmen to walk bare-headed by him, when he was in his Coach, three of a Side; befides his Train-bearer, at fuch his Appearances: That he would give the poor Remains of Chriftian Discipline, as his Predeceffor had done, and fometimes ordain fuch Ignoramus's as the great Bishop Lloyd, of whom I know he had the greatest Opinion, would upon Examination have hardly thought worthy any Holy Orders at all: That he would not only bear the groffeft Flattery to his Face, in Dr. Pierce's Concio ad Clerum, but declare his Approbation of it, by advancing or confirming the Advancement of the Preacher, to a Place of great Dignity immediately; and that in Confequence of his Pomp while alive, his Executors caufed him to lie in State when he was dead: That he would fet his learned Chaplain, Dr. Chapman, to preach against the Chriftians, falfely called Arians, at the Lady Moyer's Lecture: That he would fend abroad fuch mean Forms of Prayer and Praife, upon Days of Humiliation and Thanksgiving, to flatter the Court; fuch indeed as are fometimes hardly true, and frequently fuch as are wholly inconfiftent with that profound Veneration, that Kings and Princes themselves, as well as their Subjects, owe to their Almighty Creator; from whom is derived all the Wisdom and Courage, and Victory of their greatest Generals.
Generals. To fay nothing of that horrid curfing of the Christians in the Athanafian Creed, which he ftill supported in his own Chapel at Lambeth, and every where else. And I am forry, very forry, to say it, that Archbishop Potter feemed to me almost as unwilling to open his Eyes, to see the grievous Errors of Athanafianism, which are now fo fully detected, as to be finking out of the learned World, as any of the Papifts were to fee the other grofs Errors of Popery, at the Proteftant Reformation.
N. B. I will add one Obfervation here of the. Inactivity or Ignorance of the Generality of those that have of late been preferred by the Court to be Bishops and Deans; nay, or by the Bishops themfelves to be Archdeacons alfo, that they know one Clergyman, of no Preferment at all, that had. written more Books of Learning, and most of them for the Propagation of Truth, and the true Chri-, stian Religion, and for the Confutation of Scepticks and Infidels, than all of them, above an hundred in Number put together have done. To fo little Advantage does the present Difpofal of Preferments turn; and fo little Benefit does either. Church or State receive from the Poffeffors of them. I here except Archbishop Potter's learned Edition of Clemens Alexandrinus, tho' it was published before he were made either Bishop or Archbishop. As alfo I might except the late. Bishop of London's Codex, two large Volumes published after he was Bishop. But those are so far from doing any Service to Christianity, that they
are rather the fad Remains of Antichriftianifm and Popery among us. I conclude this I conclude this my Addrefs to Archbishop Potter, and our other Bishops, with a very remarkable Paffage, which I have lately met with in a Sermon preached at a Lord Archbishop's triennial and ordinary Vifitation; I fuppofe in the Days of Queen Elizabeth, upon Ecclef. xii. 10. The Preacher did feek out pleafant Words. The Account is in thefe Words: There is a Story "how a learned Friar in Italy, famous for his Learning and Preaching, was commanded to "preach before the Pope at a Year of Jubilee: "And to be the better furnished, he repaired thi"ther a good while before to Rome, to fee the "Fafhion of the Conclave, to accommodate his "Sermon the better. When the Day came he "was to preach, having ended his Prayer, he ❝ looking a long Time about, at laft he cried with "a loud Voice, three Times, St. Peter was "Fool: St. Peter was a Fool, St. Peter was a "Fool. Which Words ended, he came out of "the Pulpit. Being after convented before the Pope; and afked why he fo carried himself? He answered, furely, Holy Father, if a Priest "may go to Heaven abounding in Wealth, Honour, and Preferment, and live at Eafe, never or feldom to preach, then surely St. Peter was "a Fool, which took fuch a hard Way in travel"ling, in fafting, in preaching, to go thither."
I cannot therefore but, with great Grief, look on the Lord Chancellor King, Archbishop Wake,
and Archbishop Potter, as three excellent Men utterly ruined by their Preferments at Court, and proper to teach all other good Men this old Lef fon, Exeat Aula, qui volet effe Pius.
In the fame Year 1737, I published, The genuine Works of Flavius, Jofephus, the Jewish Hiftorian, in English. Translated from the original Greek, according to Havercamp's accurate Edition. Containing XX Books of Jewish Antiquities; with the Appendix, or Life of Jofephus, written by himself. VII Books of the Jewish War, and II Books againft Apion. Illuftrated with new Plans, and Defcriptions of Solomon's, Zorobabel's, Herod's, and Ezekiel's Temples; and with correct Maps of Judea and Jerufalem. Together with proper Notes, Obfervations, Contents, parallel Texts of Scripture, five compleat Indexes, and the true Chronology of the several Histories adjusted in the Mar gin. To which are prefixed VIII Differtations,
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VII. A Demonftration that Tacitus the Roman Hiftorian, took his Hiftory of the Jews out of JoSepbus.
VIII. A Differtation of Cellarius's against Harduin, in Vindication of Jofephus's History of the Family of Herod, from Coins: Tranflated into English.
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In the fame Year 1737, I published An Account of the Damoniacks, and of the Power of casting out Dæmons, both in the New Teftament, and in the four firft Centuries, occafioned by a late Pamphlet of Dr. Sykes's, intituled, An Enquiry into the Meaning of Damoniacks; in the New Teftament. To which is added an Appendix concerning the Tythes and Oblations paid by the Chriftians, during the fame four Centuries, 8vo. Price I s. 6 d.
In the Year 1738, I fent the following Letter to Mr. John Depee, at Norwich. He was a Stranger to me; but one that was to communicate the Letter to fome worthy Unitarians at Norwich, who had defired my Opinion and Advice in fome Points of great Confequence.