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retical Doxologies] I will beg his Pardon: Which was owned by her Majesty for a just and equitable Proposal.
Upon my Publication of this Letter of Thanks to the Bishop of London, happened Dr. Sachevereli's Attempt to exclude me from St. Andrew's, which was then my Parish Church ; at which Time I published my Account of Dr. Sacheverell's Proceedirgs, in order to exclude me from St. Andrew's Church in Holborn: Which is added to the Collection of my small Pamphlets.
N. B. I was at this Time desired by a Lawyer, that did not love Dr. Sacheverell, to give him Leave to prosecute him, for this Insule upon me in a Church; promising it should cost me noching. To which Proposal I utterly refused to give my Consent; and told him, “ If I should give my u Consent, I should shew myself to be as foolish " and passionate as the Doctor himfelf,”
The same Year, 1719, I published a Second Letter to the Lord Bishop of London, concerning the Primitive Doxologies; wherein the Seasonable Review of my Account of them is considered, 8vo. Price 6 d.,
In the same Year 1719, I published An Account of a surprizing Meteor, seen in the Air Marcb 19, 1715 at Night : Containing,
I. A Description of this Meteor, from the ori
ginal Letters of thofe who saw it at different Places.
II. Some Historical Accounts of the like Me
Vapours above our Atmosphere.
der and Lightening, in the upper Regions of
In the second Edition was added, A Vindication of this Account, from the different Account given of this Meteor by Dr. Halley, in the Philosophical Transactions, No 363. 8vo. Price of both mine to
gether 6 d.
In the same Year 1919, i published a Commentary on the Three Catbolick Epistles of St. Jobn; in Agreement with the ancientest Records now extant, 8vo. Price 2 s.
In the same Year 1719, I published a Letter to the Earl of Nottingham, concerning the Eternity of the Son of God, and his holy Spirit. In the second and following Editions, I prefixed a Reply to the Lord Nottingham's Answer, (which was published 1721) in a large Preface: And thereto I added Athanafian Confessions, that the Antenicene Writers were against the Athanasan, and for the Eufebian Doctrine, 8vo. Price together 2 s.
N. B. My Lord of Nottingham was highly complemented by the Addresses of the two Universities,
and of the London Clergy, upon his Answer to this Pamphlet of mine. Yet when upon my Reply the Earl could answer no more, neither did
Member of either University, nor any of the Clergy of London, nor even Dr. Waterland himself, pretend to vindicate him afterward. But what I myself thought of the Earl's Performance, the Reader has found in my long Letter to Archbishop Wake, already set down, Page 260, 261, 262, prius,
About this Time, 1720, I printed and gave away, to fome of my mathematical Friends, a few Copies of a small imperfect Elay on a Discovery of the Longitude by the Dipping Needle. But because I afterward made many and great Improvements in that Matter, and published the whole in a much larger Treatise, a Year or two afterward, upon that Subject ; of which presently ; I drop this first Eflay intirely.
In the same Year, 1720, I published a Pamphlet, intituled, The true Origin of the Sabellian and Athanafian Do&trines of the Trinity: Or, a De. monstration that they were first broach'd by the Followers of Simon Magus, in the first Century, and reviv’d by the Montanists in the fecond; drawn from all the original Accounts now extant, and liumbly recommended to the Consideration of Dr. Waterland, 8vo. Price is.
On or about the fanie Year, 1720, I take it to have been, that I was refused to be admitted a Member of the Royal Society, by Sir Isaac Newton: The Cafe was this; Sir Hanse Sloan, and Dr.
Edmund Halley, and myself were once together at Child's Hoffee-house, in St. Paul's Church-yard, and Dr. Halley asked me, Why I was not a Member of that Society? I answered, Because they durft not choose an Heretick. Upon which Dr. Halley Taid to Sir Hanse Sloan, that if he would propose me, he would second it : Which was done accordingly. When Sir Isaac Newton, the President, heard this, he was greatly concern'd; and, by what I then learn’d, closeted some of the Members, in order to get clear of me; and told them, that if I was chosen a Member, he would not be President. Whereupon, by a Pretence of Dcficiency in the Form of proceeding, the Proposal was diopp’d, I not insisting upon it. Nay, as foon as I was informed of Sir Isaac's Uneasiness, I told his bofom Friend, Dr. Clarke, that had I known his Mind, I would have done nothing that might bring that great Min's grey
Hairs with Sorrow to the Giare: Nor has that Society ever refused to let ne come, and by any of my Papers or Instruments before ther, which ever I desired it; without my bairg an aciu. Vember: Which, considering my small Ability to pay the usual Sums for Admision, and annual Dues, was almost as agreeable to me, as being a constant Member. Now if the Reader desire to know the Reason of Sir Isaac Newton's Unwillingness to have me a Member, he must tüke Notice, that as his making me first his Deputy, and giving me the full Profits of the Place, brought me to be a Candidate, as his Recommendation of me to the Heads of Colleges in Cambridge, made me his Succeffor;
so did I enjoy a large Portion of his Favour for twenty Years together. But he then perceiving that I could not do as his other darling Friends did, that is, learn of him, without contradicting him, when I differed in Opinion from him, he could not, in his old Age, bear such Contradiction; and so he was afraid of me the last thirteen Years of his Life. See my Authentick Records, Page 1070, 1071. He was of the most fearful, cauticus, and suspicious Temper, that I ever knew : And had he been alive when I wrote against his Chronology, and so throughlyconfuted it, that no-body has ever ventured to vindicate it, that I know of, since my Confutation was published, I should not have thought proper to publish it during his Life Time; because I knew his Temper so well, that I should have expected it would have killed him. As Dr. Bentley, Bp. Stillingfleet's Chaplain told me, that he believ'd Mr. Lock's through Confutation of the Bishop's Metaphysicks about the Trinity, haftened his End also.
About the Year 1720 it was, that I walked to Burntwood in Esex, where I found my excellent and pious Friend, and fellow Sufferer for Religion, Mr. Martin Tomkins, who had been lately expell’d by his Dissenting Congregation at Newington, on Suspicion of the Arian Heresy, as I had been from Cambridge long before. He was the Author of that remarkable and good natur'd Appeal to a Turk or an Indian, about the Athanafian Doctrine of the Trinity; which greatly moved good Dr. Watts, who had before written for it; and the late Edi