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and charitable Endeavours; one Thing only I fhall mention of Dr. Davies ; that when so early I and another Christian Friend found great Fault with his reading the Athanafian Creed, of which he was no Admirer, he said in Excuse, that he read it only as be would read Greek to his Englisa Congregation. However, we so satisfied him of the Impropriety of reading it, that he promised us to read it no more. But to return to my QWA History
I was admitted of Clare-Hall, Cambridge, as I have already faid, about the Midde of 1686, while a very small Part of the Old College was standing : Tho' I question whether any of it was standing when I came to reside, which was the September following. My Father being now dead, we were all of us under the Care of our Mother the Widow, whose comparative small Means for seven Children, made it difficult for her to support me there. And had the Expences of a Collegiate Life been as extravagant then as they are now come to be, or had I not lived as frugally as posfible, she would not have been able to have given me my Degrees ; especially that of Master of Arts. In which the Present of 51. from Bishop Moor, was then a kind and seasonable Addition; and partly an Occasion of my Acceptance of the Place of his Chaplain afterward. However, I find by my Accounts still preserved, that tho' I was a Pensioner for the last half Year, yet did my whole Expences for the three Years and half, till my first Degree inclusive, not amount to fo much as 100 l. Sea
Dr. Newton's very prudent Pamphlet, called, The Expence of University Education Reduc'd. Soon after I was made Fellow of Clare-Hall, I set up for a Tutor there. And to encourage me in that Employment, Archishop Tillotson fent his worthy Chaplain, Dr. Barker, who afterwards publish'd his Works, to the University; partly to persuade the Heads of Colleges to take more than ordinary Care of giving Commendamus's for Holy Orders, and partly to bring his Nephew Mr. Tillotson, to be my Pupil at Clare-Hall. An Honour and Advantage this at that Time of Life very considerable to me, had my ill Health allowed me to go on in that Way in the College. But as it did not, that excellent Tutor Mr. Richard Laughton, my Bofom Friend, who was then Chaplain to Dr. Moor, Bishop of Norwich, foon took my Pupils, eleven in Number, and I was kindly invited by the Bishop to be Chaplain in his stead: Which I accepted of. However, soon after the Archbishop had sent me his Nephew, or in 1694, I waited upon
him at Lambeth. And being at Chappel there, with that Design, I found Bishop Burnet there also: Who as I was told, had Business with him. So that upon some of the Family's Suggestion, I went away ; intending in a few Days to come again : But in those few Days the Archbishop was dead. So very uncertain is Human Life! So that I did never converse with him at all: Tho' I once heard him preach upon New ' Years Day, 1688-9, one of his excellent Sermons
at his Lecture at Laurence-Jury, Circumcifion is no. thing, and Uncircumcifon is nothing, but the keeping of the Commandments of God, 1 Cor. vii. 19. However, having had Occasion to mention the Archbishop's Chappel at Lambeth, give me leave to take No-> tice how little Courage both he and Archbishop Sharp had in the Rejection of that publick Cursing of Christianity, the Athanafian Creed, even as to their own Cathedrals or Chappels. For tho' it be well known how little they both approved this Creed (See Dr. Clarke's Life, ist Edit. pag. 81. and Mr. Emlyn's Life, pag. 58.) yet does it no way appear that either of them had Christian Courage enough to banish it out of those Places : However, since I have by me an authentick Paper communicated by Dr. Laughton, which vindicates this excellent Archbishop Tillotson, from some false Reports, which had been told of him, altho' I. formerly permitted it to be publish'd, yet shall I here repeat it. It runs thus, verbatim.
Mr. Denton's Paper. SIR, “ I have thus long deferr'd to return an An“ swer to your Letter, about the late worthy “ Archbishop of Canterbury, because I was desi
rous to give you as punctual an Account as I " could of those Things laid to his Charge in the " Libel. I have found out two Persons, who be“ fides myself were in Clare-Hall that Summer, “s in which Worcester Fight was, viz. Sir Watkin
son Payler, who was Nobleman, and Mr. James “ Mountain, who was Fellow of the College, and * if there had been any such Alteration made by
“ him in the College Graces, as the Pamphlet 66 mentions, surely some of us who daily heard it 66 read would have known it ; but thofe Persons “ do profess, as I do, they never knew or heard « of any such Thing done, or attempted to be “ done, but do believe it to be a malicious Lie. I
perceive I was mistaken in the Time of his be“ ing made Fellow, which (you fay) by the « Buttery Books appears to be fome Time before • Worcester Fight, and I must believe that Re« cord before my Memory at this Distance of of Time. I was also in the College when King " Charles I. paffed by Cambridge, and whether
Tillotson went to Sir John Cuts's House, a« mongst several that did, I have forgotten, but “ I am pretty confident the Story of his being 66 denied the Honour to kiss his Majesty's Hand, « is not true, for I never heard of any such
Thing, which ( if it had been so ) I should cer6 tainly have done, if not from him, from fome “ others, several of my Acquaintance being " there. It is true, that he had Dr. Gunnins's “ Fellowship, but whether by a Mandamus or the « College Election, I cannot certainly tell, but c believe the latter : For when he came into it, 66 it was made void by the Death of one who had
enjoyed it several Years after Dr. Gunning left “ it ; and I think none of those Fellowships were os fill'd after the first turn by Mandamus's ; but “ of this I am not certain, and forgot to ask Mr. 6 Mountain about it, when I was with him, who probably may remember that better than 1.
“ But I will as soon as I have an opportuny,
speak or write to him about it. As for what the " Pamphlet says of his governing the College, “ the Senior Fellows not daring to oppose him " because of the Interest he had with his great “ Masters; it is very malicious and false, for he “ was not of an imperious Humour, but had (is then that sweetness of Temper which he ever " after retained, and was much respected by the " Senior Fellows: He was indeed in those young “ Years of very great Parts and Prudence, and " the Senior Fellows would always have his “ Advice in what was done about College-Affairs,
giving great Deference to his Judgment. And « Mr. Mountain ( who was one of those Senior “ Fellows, and as much as any one for the King's “ Side, having been some Years in his Army ) “ doth to this Day retain a very great Honour « for him, and never mentions him without a
In 1693, I was become Master of Arts, and Fellow of the College; and intended to take Holy Orders.
Tho' I confess the Subscriptions, &c. for my Degree of Master of Arts seemed to me even then so uneasy, that I could hardly persuade myself to comply with them, and have ever since I examined into Primitive Christianity absolutely refused them, both for myself, and my Children. Now when I was to go to take Orders, I had no Mind to apply myself to a Bishop, how.excellent soever, who had come into the Place of any who