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which I doubted of when I first wrote it, pag. 44. I mean the anointing the Sick with Oil, which I have very lately satisfied myself to be certainly a Christian Duty at this Day ; as has already appeared : And the Use of Incense at the Eucharift; which I have found not to be so.

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In the Year 1740, was published at Utrecht, by that Prodigy of a young Man, Mr. Philip Bara. tier, A Chronological Enquiry about the most ancient Bishops of Rome, from Peter to Victor ; with four other Dissertations about the Apoftolical Constitutions, and Ignatius's Epistles, &c. Of which I gave an Account in my three Tracts, p. 43-89. Out of which I got far more Light, as I there profess, in several Points relating to the original State of Christianity, than from all the other Writings that have been published, since I first published my own Works thereto relating, p. 45. where also I have ordered this Addition to be made in any future Edition of those Tracts : That « till Mr. Baratier " wrote upon these Conftitutions, and Ignatius's “ Jarger Epistles, like a real Scholar, and one

well versed in Christian Antiquity, these pre- cious Remains of the Apoftolical Age were hard“ ly looked into with the least Degree of Judg. “ ment and Impartiality by any of the Learned;

even since I published them, and wrote so fully “ and largely in their Vindication. The learned “ Mr, le Clerk wrote against the Constitutions fo

poorly, in the Preface to his Edition of Cotelerius, that I had not Patience to confute him.

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cure of their being spurious at Random, that he

seemed to think them unworthy of any Scholar's 66 Consideration, He only saying, as I have

heard, as to my believing them genuine, that " this was for a Madmen to do, or ratber. for one worse than a Madman. Non sani esse hominis, non fanus juret Oreftes. To fuch a Degree of “ Contempt have the original Laws of Christ thereu in contained been reduced among the most learn" ed modern Christians !

In the next Year 1740, I published a Treatise, entituled, The Eternity of Hell Torments considered : Of, a Collection of Texts of Scripture, and Testimonies of the chrée first Centuries relating to them. With Notes and Obfervations, 8vo. Price 2 s. * In the following Year 1741, I published, An Appedl: 10. XXX primitive Councils against the Athanagan Herefy.

Gan Herefy. A fingle Sheet, as an Appen- , dix Xbé. Achanasian Forgeries already mentioned. 800. Price zid. Which together prevent all porCible Pretences for the Vindication of Atbanahanism hereafter by learned Men.

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N. B. Upon Occasion of these perfectly unanfwerable Papers, it may not be amiss to take No. tice of a thin Quarto Book, printed in Germany ; which contains a Collection of the Theses of many young Mén, who were Candidates for Degrees there, to confute my Doctrines'; and without opposing which Doctrines, I suppose they could not obtain those Degrees : 'And to observe what poor


Replies they were sometimes able to make to my strongest Arguments, so that when I read some of them I could hardly forbear smiling at them; nor can I suppose they were all unapprized of that their Strength. Whence we may easily learn how very

weak Arguments, joined to great Prejudices and great Interests in this World, can overbear the strongest Arguments.

N. B. To confirm this last Reflection, give me leave to produce Mr. Godfrey Washington, of Peter-house, in Cambridge, as an Example, perfectly unparallell’d in this Way: This Mr. Washington was an exceeding good and religious Man, and one of the best Pastors of a Parish in Cambridge; a through Atbanafian, but by no Means acquainted with Christian Antiquity; tho' he was my particular Friend, and took the principal Care of the Charity-Schools when I was banished ; which Burden till that Time had chiefly been laid upon me. Mr.Wahington was so terribly affrighted at the Information he had receiv'd, that I had produced a very great Number of primitive Testimonies against the Athanafians : I said he had receiv'd Information of this, for I never heard that he durst read any of them himself; that I was told he said, “ that if there were in Antiquity one Testi“mony in forty for the Doctrine of the Church, he “ would continue an Athanasian ftill.” A very moderate Proportion this, to be contented withall! And yet in some of the principal Points hardly to be made out. The same Mr. Washington being one of thofe Members of the University of Cambridge thať


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had 301. a Year given them by the Bishop of London's Project for preaching at Court, in order to induce the University to favour the Court, chose once to preach there against the Arians, from Mark xiii. 32. Of that Day and Hour knoweth no one, no not the Angels that are in Heaven, neither the Son but the Father ; which with its Parallel, as read in the original Copies. Mat. xxiv. 36. Neither the Son, but the Fat ber only, are the strongest Texts against the Athanafans, in the whole New Testament: He esteeming his Cause gain’d, if he could vindicate the hardest Text of all on the other side. His Vindication consisted in this, that Christ was not bound to tell the whole Truth in this Matter; and tho' he did really know the Day and Hour of the future Judgment, yet he might deny that he knew it. He illustrated the Point by this parallel Case : Suppose said he, you should go to the first Minister (Sir Robert Walpole) and ask him to tell you some Secret of state Policy, do you think he would tell it you truly? By no Means : So that our zealous Athanasian, rather than give up his opinion, would suppose our blessed Saviour to be more sly and knavish than a prevaricating Minister of State; while he could put the Enquirer off with a shuffing Answer, without telling a direct UnTruth: But our Saviour is supposed to tell a direct Untruth in the Case before us. This Account would be almost incredible, but that I was told it immediate ly, by one of the Auditors, who was almost in an Agony at what he had heard; and did not know who was the Preacher, till by his Description of white Hair and other Circumstances, I easily discovered it

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to be no other than my old Friend, Mr. Washington. But to proceed;

In August this Year 1741, died my great and good Friend Mr. Thomas Emlyn; who had been a much earlier and a much greater Sufferer and Confeffor for old Christianity than Dr. Clarke, or myself, or any other Unitarian that I knew of. My Thoughts of whose Character I shall desire my Readers to take, from Part of my Letter to his Son, Sollom Emlyn, Esq; Barister at Law, my very worthy Christian Friend, (who has fo faithfully written his Father's own Life, and his Father's Account of Dr. Clarke, that I can myself attest to much the greatest Part of both their contents) This Letter was written immediately after I heard of his Death, in the Words following.

Lyndon, August 15th, 2741.


Dear Sir,
did not receive your melancholy Letter, till the

fame Day that the publick News informed us of the Death of your Father, tho' Son John had given us Notice of it before. I sincerely condole with yourself, Mrs. Emlyn, and his other Relations and Friends upon the Loss of one whom we all greatly and justly loved, on Account of his perfect Integrity, strong Judgment, greatCourage, and most Christian Temper; which were especially shewn in making a good Confesjon of some of the most important Truths of our Holy Religion; and that not only of late, when that Confession is (God be praised) not of such ill Repu


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