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Days was Provost of King's College, Cambridge, and one whom Bishop Burnet, in the History of his own Times, juftly recounts among the best of the Clergy and Preachers in the next Reign ; whose Sermons were admired and published by Archdeacon Jefferies : He was Brother to the Father of the Family, of which Family I am going to speak. Sir Paul Wbichcote of Quoi, by Cambridge, was the eldest Brother ; whom I knew : And who had a small but elegant Chapel for his Family Prayers, which were twice in a Day there attended : Which his Son Sir Francis Wbichcote, in Lincolnshire, with whom I am also acquainted, imitates. Sir Paul died at about 79 Years of Age. The next Brother of the · Family died, about 83. The was a Sifter, the Lady Pemberton, who lived till about 87. The next also lived till about 87. Who beside the large Provision he made for his Relation, my Friend Mr. Paul Wbichcote, left 1 200 l. among 30 Clergymen of good Reputation, who had not of their own, or in Church Preferment, so much as 30 l. a Year, i.e. 40 l. a-piece. Mr. Paul W bichcote, who was the Person that took the Care of this Benefaction, desired my Asistance in finding out fit Objects, and took near half of my Nomination : And by his and my own great Care, such Objects were found out, and had each their 401. undiminished, as, upon after Enquiries, not one have appeared to be unworthy of it. Which is a Cafe so uncommon, that it well deserves to be remembered and imitated by others
on the like Occasion. The last of the Brothers, Mr. Henry, a worthy and religious Man, is now in the 96th Year of his Age, and, abating his Deafness, and Blindness, is strong and hearty at
In May 1739, after the Death of Mr. SanderSon, my Successor in the Mathematick ProfefforTip at Cambridge, I wrote, and sent the following Letter to Dr. Ashton, Master of Jesus College ; the only surviving Head of a College that signed my Banishment from the University ; tho' by all that I could learn, he did not so much as shew it to any other of the Heads, till after they had chosen Mr. Colfon for another of my Succeffors. An Hardship this plainly indefensible and unaccountable !
London, May 10, 1739.
Mucb bonoured Sir,
Health till after the Death of my Succeffor, Mr.. Sanderson ; and you, Sir, being the only Head of a College now alive, whose Name is to my Banishment from the University ; an Hardship, indeed, that I could not but sorely regret, from so good a Scholar, and so good a Man as yourself ; I think I
may now venture to put in my Claim to the fame Professorship again : The Right to which was never any further taken from me, than in consequence of that Banishment. I then, by the B b 2
best Advice, made a Deputy ; as, by Mr. Lucas's Statutes, I was impowered to do, Mr. Christopher Hussey of Trinity College ; who was ready to perform his Duty, had not the Heat of that Time prevented him. You know, Sir, very well, that I was not banished for any Immorality, or Neglect of
my Duty as Professor, nor by Mr. Lucas's Statutes ; but barely for (1.) my affirming with our Saviour, St. Paul, the Nicene, and all the original Creeds, and most ancient Fathers, that the one only God of the Christians is God the Father. (2.) My afferting an undoubted Matter of Fact, that the original Christian Doxology was not the common one, but Glory be to the Father, through the Son, or, and the Son, in the Holy Ghost. (3.) My proposing to prove that the Constitutions and Doctrine of the Apostles, are facred Books of the New Testament; and the former of them, the most sacred of the Canonical Books. As the authentick Accounts of that Transaction, long ago by me made publick, do clearly prove. Certainly, Sir, the Loss of about twenty seven Years Salary of my Professorship, with the other confequent Difficulties, put upon me during all those Years, 'is more than a sufficient Punishment for those of fences of mine, if such they were : and that it is high Time for you, Sir, in particular, to move the other Heads of the University to consider of the Equity, if not of the Justice of my Case ; and to restore me to my Membership again : The Confequence of which will be this, that I be either te
admitted or re-elected into my former Professorship. Which when done, I do hereby promise the University either to come, and reside, and do the Duty of my Place myself, if it may be done without the Diffatisfaction of that Body ; or else I will, according to the Power given in the Statutes, make a good and sufficient Deputy to supply my Place, and do it for me. Sure, Sir, this Proposal cannot be esteemed other than very reasonable by any ; much less by yourself, whose former Banishment of me should make you more ready to procure me some Redress for all those unhappy Troubles that succeeded it." My Differences in Opinions from yourself or others, ne way relating to the Professorship of the Mathematicks, cannot certainly merit the Continuance of my Punishment any longer ; which therefore I hope you will endeavour to prevent : And if you do fo endeavour to prevent it, I have little Reason to doubt but you will succeed in it. So far at least I insist on your Fairness to me, that you communicate this Letter to the Vice-chancellor, and the rest of the Heads of Colleges, as soon as may be, before they are engaged for any other, that they may not be unapprized of my Claim, my
Desires and Promises in the present Case. Ic not being my Intention to write to any other of them in particular, but to yourself only; to whom I heartily wish all Happiness, as well as to the whole University, of which I was many Years for
merly, and desire once more to be admitted a Member : And, I am,
Your very affectionate Brother,
and bumble. Servant,
N. B. This Dr. Ashton published himself many Years ago, an excellent Edition of Origen, llep 'Euxñs. After which I asked Dr. Bentley, then Master of Trinity College, and Regius Professor of Divinity, why they did not banish Dr. Ashton, as they had done me for Arianism ? since he had published the groffest Arian Book extant in all Antiquity ; as this Treatise of Origen's is known to be. He replied ; But the Notes are Orthodox. To which I answered, Will Orthodox Notes make an Arian Book other than Arian?
In the same Year 1739, I published, A Collection of original Texts and Testimonies of Antiquity that relate to Christian Discipline, with Notes. As also an humble and serious Address to the Clergy for the Restoration of the same Discipline 8ve. Price I s. 6 d.
N. B. Since the Publication of this Pamphlet, I have met with Light as to both those Practices,