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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 Discretion, and had been carefully instructed 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 same Year 1713, I published the Christian'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 Rufnus's Version, of Origen's Account of the Apostolical Preaching, concern. ing the Holy Ghost, bonore & dignitate patri ac filio sociatum ; Who is joined to the Fatber an Son in Honour and Dignity are omitted in this Table ; as evidently Rufinus's Addition. See the Athanghan Confessions at the End of my Reply to the Earl of Nottingham. Page 47–64.
In November, the same 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 inserted into the Papers belonging to that Court of Delegates : Of which hereafter.
Now it may be worth our while to Observe 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 best Reputation among theni, and esteemed a great Lover of the Church of England also. 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 Aflizes, the Baron in giving his Charge to the Grand Jury, exhorted them to present all such as blafphemed or condemned the Church's Doctrine of the Trinity: Which Charge I heard myself to my great Dissatisfaction. Upon this, the High Sheriff afterward told the Baron that I was in Court, and should naturally suppose this Part of his Charge levell’d against me in particular. The Baron reply'd, that “ He meant no “ such Thing; that it was only his usual Form: Nay so that I was the honestest Man in the World, os and that he was then reading my
Works: Which Declaration agrees with thàe I heard him say publickly, in the Court of Delegates, when the Bishop of Winchester, Trelawny, another of the Delegates, was pressing the Judges to haften their Determinations what was legal Heresy only: While, the other Bishops and himself, as he pretended, well knew what was Heresy by the New Testament, 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 saidto the Bishop,
My Lord, I will " not take Heresy upon my Shoulders nor upon my Conscience !” At which Answer the Bishop ex
press'd his greatDisfatisfaction. It may also deserve to be noted, how uneasy Mr. Justice Tracy, another of those Delegates, with whom I had some Accquaintance before, was at this Court, as still 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 amiss to make mention of his Grace the Duke of Newcastle, my old Friend and Patron, upon this Occasion; who gave me ten Guineas to fee Mr. Nich. Lechmere, with Leave to keep those 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, so did he give me the best Advice in the World, as I thought, and what I highly approv'd of, gratis ; viz. Not to trust 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 Pruhibition : Which Advice I followed as far as was necessary : 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 Winchester, was so uneasy at his Sollicitations, that at length he return’d him this short Answer, that he would not be a Judge about Heresy : Which put an End to the Meetings of that Court, till the Act of Grace 1715, which pasdoned all suchpretended Heresy whatsoever.
N. B. It may not be amiss to relate here, some farther particular Facts in the Course of this Prosecution : One is this, that when Mr. Alexander,
the Prosecutors Proctor, came once to Dr. Paul, one of my Advocates (and one by the way that never took a single 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 asserting that to be primitive Christianity, which was then esteemed the groffest Heresy, made their Hair stand 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 “ Heresy, meaning the Arian Heresy as it was « condemned at the Council of Nice. Now if I could “ have the same Justice done me in this Court, which you
aim to do in other Cases, which I know I can66 not have'; (for if you should clear me, you would « be esteem'd Hereticks, yourselves) I would put « the Matter upon this Issue, that if any one of those
twelve Articles, or any one Clause in any of those “ twelve Articles be any Part of the ArianHeresy, asit as was condemned at theCouncil of Nice, I will be con“ tented to be burnt in Smithfield, and all my Papers 16 with ine." Another Time, when I came to the same Advocate Dr. Paul, he told me, he had learned that the Design was to haften on the Prosecution to a Determination or Sentence, so very soon after the Christmas Holydays 1714, as if possible 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 sent 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 also, as I have been infor m'd, said, he could go fo far with the Court against me, as to Excommunication. (As he once sent Orders to the Batb to have me denied the Communion there, which I patiently submitted to) but he could not consent to the sending me Prison ; (which was yet the natural Result in the Course of our Law, of such Excommunication ;) nor was it any other than he, as I have heard, who proposed the Adjournment of the Court fine Die, and perhaps with some Inclination, that it might meet no more: As in reality it did not meet any more at all. Dr. Paul also informed me, that he had heard the Intention of some of my Enemies was to get me once into Prison, and then to give out I was disordered, and under that Pretence to keep my Wife, Children, and Friends from me ; with the additional Prohibitation of Pen, Ink, and Paper. To such a Degree of fear were they driven, and so little did they expect to stop the Progress 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 serious 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 walking the Disciples Feet, including that additional Command, I bave given you