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chery afterwards, and became at last one of the most miserable Clergymen that I ever heard of. 'Tis a terrible State which the Poet describes, Video meliora, proboque; deteriora sequor. Which was the State of this poor Man ;' whose amazing ill Conduct and Misfortunes make me ready to weep when I think of him, because of our former Friend
In the Year 1902, I published my second Book, or short Vieto of the Chronology of the Old Testament, and of the Harmony of the four Evangelifts, 4to Price 8 s.
In this Chronology of the Old Testament I entirely followed at first the Maforete Hebrew Copy, and its Numbers, which I then took to be the most authentick; but because, upon farther Enquiry, I afterward intirely altered my Mind as to that Matter, and fully satisfied myself that the Samaritan Pentateuch, as well as Josephus's Copy of the Hebrew, together with the Septuagint Version, and the most authentick Records of heathen Antiquity, agree in a Chronology that lengthens the Interval fince the Deluge about 580 Years,, as is contained at large in my Esay to restore the true Text of the Old Testament, Prop. X, XI. and the Chronological Table thereto relating; with the VI. Dissertations, pag. 213—219. and the IVth Dissertation, prefixed to my English Jofephus, pag. 64-71. and pag. 86, of all which hereafter. Whence this Chronology is to be corrected in any future Edition.
Soon after the Publication of this Chronology and Harmony, many friendly Letters passed be
tween the learned Dr. Whitby and myself; as also between a great Friend of mine and Fellow Collegian Mr. Thomas Henchman and myself, about the Harmony; which Letters I have still by me; but as they are two long to be here inserted, and much Light has been afforded me from the Apostolical Conftitutions, and Monsieur Toinard's Harmony, and otherwise fince that Time, which pártly appears in my corrected Copy: I add no more about them in this place.
In March 1705, I published my third Book, which was Tacquet's Euclid, with select Theorems of Archimedes, and with the Addition of practical Corollaries, in Latin, for the Use of dents in the University. The second Edition was printed at Cambridge by Mr. Crownfield, for Mr. Thurlborn, and Mr. Dickenson, A. D. 1710. It
also put into English at London, from the second Edition, 'under my own Review. The Price of my own Edition in 8vo was 45. Now it was the accidental Purchase of Tacquer's own Euclid at an Auction, that occasioned my first Application to the Mathematicks, wherein Tacquet was a very clear Writer.
On November 27, 1703, was that prodigious, Storm of Wind, which our Books and Pamphlets were full of for a great while: Now tho' I heard it with others, and was deeply affected with the Power and Providence of Almighty God who brought it ; and yet stop'd its Fury so much, that comparatively few Persons were killed by it; while had its Fury been one Quarter, or however one K 2
Half greater than it was, from which we knew of .no, natural Restraints, whole Cities and Towns might have been utterly overthrown, and their Inhabitants might almost all have perished. But what makes me mention it here is this, that the Publick had then so extraordinary a Collect of Praise and Thanksgiving sent about, when Dr. Tenison was Archbishop, to be used for some Time afterwards, with the most moving Expressions of the deepest Sense of the divine Attributes, proper for such an Occasion, that I ever remember in any modern, I had almost said, or even ancient Composition whatfoever. Now I have very lately recovered this Collect, by the Means of the present Archbishop of Canterbury, and shall exhibit the same with the Archbishop's Letter to me in due Place hereafter. It is a very valuable Monument of the Piety of our Church Governors at that Time, and a Pattern for our Governors hereafter ; which I think they have now more than ordinary Occasion for, confidering the very poor and jejune, but too courtlike Compositions of fome of our modern Forms of Devotion on several Occasions.
In the Year 170$, Jan. 25, I preached at Trinity
Church in Cambridge, and soon after printed, a Sermon on 2 Tim. iii. 15. And that from a Child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures; which are able to make thee wife unto Salvation, through Faith wbich is in Christ Jesus; upon Occasion of the Charity Schools then lately erected there for three hundred poor Children ; and that principally by my . own Endeavours, as is acknowledged by Mr. Worts,
jun. when, in his Will, he left to those Schools 301. a Year for ever: And I confess that my monthly Day of catechizing about ninety of them, when I was their Steward, seemed to me the best spent Day of the whole Month. There was added afterward, when I re-printed this Sermon, among my Sermons and Elays 1709, a particular Account of the same Charity Schools : But as to my later Correction of the Doxology, at the End of that Sermon, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, three Persons and one God; and the Noise that it made, more is said in the History of tion elsewhere.
About this Year 1705, Dr. Plume founded a new Professorship for Astronomy and experimental Philofophy in the University of Cambridge. I was one of the Electors. The two Candidates were, a Scholar of Dr. Harris's, whose Name I have forgotten, and Mr. Roger Cotes, of Trinity College. I was the only Professor of Mathematicks directly concerned in the Choice, so my Determina-. tion naturally had its Weight among the rest of the Electors. Isaid, that I pretended myself to be not much inferior in Mathematicks to the other Candidates Mafter, Dr. Harris ; but confessed that I was but a Child to Mr. Cotes ; so the Votes were unanimous for him.
A. D. 1706. I printed my Ejay on the Revelation of St. John, fo far as concerns the past and present Times; to which were then added, two Dissertations, the one upon Mark ii. 25, 26. that Abiatbar, and not Abimelech was really the Jewish High-Priest, when David eat the Shew-bread :
Which Notion was propofed by Eufebius; in his Comment on the Title of Pfalsn xxxii. The other upon Matthew xxiv. and the parallel Chapters, to distinguish what Parts of our Saviour's Discourse concerned the Destruction of Jerusalem, and what Parts concerned the Day of Judgment; together with a large Collection of Scripture Prophecies relating to the Times after the coming of the Messiah.
N, B. Tho' in my second Edition of this Effay, 1744. which was greatly corrected and improved, I omitted these two Differtations, and Collection of Prophecies, for cheapness : And tho' Beza's Copy intirely wants the Name of Abiatbar, in Mark's Gospel, and thereby greatly weakens its Authority ; yet do I desire they may all three be re-printed in any new Edition of that Book, for the Satisfaction of the Curious.
In the Year 1707, I published Præleétiones Astronomicæ, Cantabrigia in Scholis publicis babita. Quibus accedunt Tabulæ plurima Astronomicæ, Flamftediana correla, Halliana, Cassiniane, et Streeti
In Usum Juventutis Academica. Pretium 55. 6d. They were put into English afterward.
N. B. There were by Mistake two Astronomical Tables omitted in the Latin Edition, pag. 332, and 339. but they were added afterward to my Prele&tiones Phyfico-Matbematicæ, pag. 366, 367. Whence, in any future Edition, they are to be taken and inserted here in their proper Places. It must also be noted, that the Calculation of the Sun's Place in Lect. X. was made from the uncorrected Table of Mr. Flamsteed, in Sir Foras Moor's