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ries, and so pleased himself when he found one Gentleman, Mr, Anthony Collins, to affirm nearly as he did, tho' with a quite different Design, that Jesus Christ dealt in Allegorical Prophecies, tho’ not in Allegorical Miracles; that before he died he seems hardly to have known himself whether he really believed the Christian Religion or not.
This is a true Account of this unhappy Man, with his unhappy Allegories : And ought to be a Caution to all such as Study the original Books of our Religion, how they follow Philo and Origen, and the like Allegorists, of which hardly the least Traces appear among either the Jewish or Gentile Christians, till after the Destruction of Jerusalem ; which was thirty-eight Years after the Death of our Saviour : And to which the fatal Introduction of the impure Book of Canticles into the Canon of the Old Testament, soon after that Time, may most probably be ascribed.
On Feb. 21, 1714, being Lord's-Day, I baptized Mr. John and Mrs. Elizabeth Shelfwell, with the Trine Immersion, &c. According to the Form published by myself in the forementioned Liturgy of the Cburch of England, reduc'd nearer to the Primitive Standard; and adminifter'd to them both Confirmation and the Eucharist; about seventeen Communicants present.
Not long afterward, the same Year 1714, Mr. Hauksbee and myself published A Course of Mechanicol, Optical, Hydrostatical, and Pneumatical Experiments; as performed by us : In twenty Copper Plates, briefly explai ned. This has been several
Times printed, and belongs to the Course itself. 4to. Price 5 s.
The same Year 1714, Mr. Humpbrey Ditton, and myself published, Anew Method of Discovering the Longitude by Signals. 8vo. The second Edition is far the most compleat ; and was printed the next Year 1715. Price 2 s.
In this last Year 1715, I published A Vindication of the Siylline Oracles, with the genuine Oracles themselves, and the ancient Citations from them, in their Originals, and in English: Besides a few brief Notes. 8vo. Price 2 s. 6d.
N. B. On Easter-Day 1715, we began to have a solemn Assembly for Worship, and the Eucharist, at my House in Cross-Street, Hatton-Garden: According to the Form in my Liturgy, (about fifteen Communicants present.) On Wbitfunday the fame Year, we had a second solemn Afsembly for the fame Purpose: Which was continued feveral Years, at least three Times in a Year: At Easter, Whitsuntide, and Christmas.
N. B. In Pursuance of my Proposals for erecting Societies for Promoting, Primitive Christianity, such a Society was erected about this Time : And met weekly at the Primitive Library, which was at my House in Cross-Street, Hatton-Garden (in which House I have heard the famous Mr. Flamsteed once also lived.) It lasted about two Years, from July 3d, 1715, to June 28, 1717. Of which Society, its Chairmen, and Secretary, and Rules, See Dr. Clarke's Life, ift Edition Page 86-91. However I will here add one particular Cir
cumstance, not related elsewhere, which concerns this Society. When we first met, and were very desirous no Bar should be laid in the way of
that pretended to be Christians from joining with us. Mr. Joshua Martin, the most learned of all the People called Quakers that I ever knew, offered himself to be a Member, and was readily received as such. I then proposed, that we should use some short Collects, taken out of our Common-Prayer Book, before we began, and after we ended every Meeting, to implore the Blessing of God upon our Enquiries. To which Proposal all readily agreed but Mr. Mar
in, who intirely scrupled joining with us in such Prayers, unless when the Spirit moved him. Which occasioned a good deal of Difficulty to the Society. Yet at last we agreed to leave him to himfelf, to stay either with his Hat on or off, as he pleafed, and he gave us leave to say our Prayers ourselves; nor did he ever disturb us : Nor was he afterward an unuseful Member, when he came to the Society. Only I cannot but observe, that when after many Years Intermission, an Attempt was made for reviving that Society, and he was desired to return to it, he commended the Design, but seemed unwilling to join in it. I suspect the Result of some of his former Enquires made him sensible that Examination would not turn out to the Advantage of his Friends, and he had not Courage enough to think of leaving them. However, I must do him the Justice to say, that he it was who first put me upon writing the Sheet I lately published, for reconciling the four Evangelifts as to their several Narrations; about our Saviour's Resurrection.
The same Year 1715, I published several Papers relating to my Cause before the Court of Delegates, viz.
1. Mr. Wbiston's Reasons against that Procedure, already mentioned.
II. The Articles exhibited against him by Dr. Pelling in that Cause.
III. Mr. Whifton's Defence of himself from those
To which was added,
V. His Letter to the Bishop of London, with the
VI. His Letter to Mr. Broughton, and Mr. Broughton's Answer, 8vo. Price 3 s. But these two last Letters being on both sides much too warm, and of little Consequence, may be omitted hereafter: Nor need the Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Page 96-100, be here reprinted any more ; it having been printed elsewhere : Nor need the Observations on Dr. Clarke's Scripture Doitrine of tbe Trinity be reprinted here ; they being printed at the End of
fifth Volume, The Recognitions of Clement; and the Testimonies there included, more fully in my Letter to the Earl of Nottingham, and its Defence; of which hereafter.
Memorandum, That a little before the famous total Eclipse of the Sun, April 22, this Year 1715, I published two Schemes of that Eclipse: The latter of which is inserted into that larger Collection of Schemes; and Account of that and of the next
total Eclipse of the Sun, May 11, 1724, which
published a little afterward, and together, rolled, amounted to 7s. tho' my own later Scheme of the Eclipse, in 1715, was but 2 s. 6 d.
N. B. This most eminent Eclipse, 1715, was exactly foretold by Mr. Flamsteed, Dr. Halley, and myself: Its Beginning came to one Minute, and its End within four of the Calculations. And it was, perhaps, more exactly observed by the French Astronomers in London, and by our own at the Royal Society, and else where, than any other Eclipfe ever was. I myself by my Lectures before; by the Sale of my Schemes before and after; by the generous Presents of my numerous and noble Audience; who at the Recommendation of my great Friend, the Lord Stanhope, then Secretary of State, gave me a Guinea apiece; by the very uncommon Present of twenty Guineas from another of my great Benefactors, the Duke of Newcastle ; and of five Guineas at Night from the Lord Godolphin ; gained in all about 120). by it. Which in the Circumstances I then was, and have since been, destitute of all Preferment, was a very seasonable and plentiful Supply: And, as I reckoned, maintained me and my Family for a whole Year together.
Another remarkable Circumstance relating to this Eclipse, that I had from the Lord Forfar, deserves to be particularly remembred; which was this ; when Mr. Flamsteed's, Dr. Halley's, and my Schemes, foretelling to a Minute, when the Sun