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tures ? No one offering to allegeplace, offered them this explicaany, I added, Then, gentle- tion in the words of Bishop Pearmen, I take you 10 record, that son, • Though the Father and the you have no such to accuse me Son are two distinct persons, yet of. To which I was answered since the Son is of and from the by one of them: Stop there, we Father, as the fountain of the do not say so.

Then said I, I Deity, and intimately united with desire to know what it is, that I him, I conceive, in this sense, he may clear myself.' All the an- may be said to be one with the swer to which was, That they Father.' This would not be ac. did not come prepared for that. cepted; and so they said they I cannot but think this was dis- were for withdrawing from us, but ingenuous. To deal thus with a were for parting amicably. I told man, is to wound his reputation, them, they knew I had several without giving him room to vin- times declared, that in case they dicate himself, let him be ever could heal the breach, and conso innocent; which is the worst tinue to hold communion with sort of calumniating.

one another, I should be very “I then told them, as to their glad to be laid aside, if that articles I would own that Christ would be the means to make and the Father were one, because peace; and that I continued in

They asked if I the same mind still. And I said would own they were one God? to them, 'Gentlemen, you see I I answered, “If they would turn cannot do what you desire; is me to the text where it was said there any thing I can do beside, so, I would own it:' but I had that will be of service to the over and over declared, I would peace of the church ?' But [ subscribe no religious tests at all had no answer. There were sevethat were not expressed in scrip- ralof them which were much more ture words: that if they made it modest than the rest, and would a religious test that three and two have been glad if counsels of make five, I would refuse to sub- peace had been followed. And scribe. And I gave this reason

when we got up to go away, I for my

stiffness : * That I verily said to one who I saw was trou. believed that the worst mischief bled, “Sir, I put it to you ; Do had been done to the church of you believe that the gentlemen God by imposing unscriptural [the seven ministers] who drew creeds, or tests, upon men; and this paper, did it with a design that now God had stirred up a

to heal ?' He would not say so ; noble spirit in men, in whom we but answered, “He believed they little expected it, to plead against did it with a design for the glory impositions; and therefore I could of God.' He desired us then not in conscience give up the li- not to depart, but let them withberty they were so bravely de- draw and consult. We staid fending. They said, Then they some time, and then one of them bad my answer. Mr. Hallet then returned, and brought us this next refused in like manner to civil answer (though some of them give his assent. Theu Mr. John declare they knew not of it), Lavington, who had as great al . That if we had no more to say hand in kindling the flame as any to the gentlemen, they had no man, roundly gave his assent, more to say to us ;' and so we And Mr. Withers, in the last parted."

From this time Mr. Pierce and I land. Nor can we in conscience Mr. Hallet were prevented from join with those ministers who preaching in their usual place of decline to defend those truths worship; but were told they (though requested to do so) when might preach“ at the little nieet- they are openly attacked; but ing; and Mr. Withers, who had rather countenance and encounow offered farther to subscribe rage the advances of those errors, the Nicene creed, might preach by declaring for a SUBORDINAat that near the Bow."*

TION, &c. The gentlemen who composed “Upon all occasions we are the managing committee, pub. ready to demonstrate a Christian lished “An Answer to Mr. Pierce's temper to those who differ from State of the Case;" to which Mr. us, and to maintain a brotherly Pierce published a reply, entitled love towards them. As we are “ The State of the Case defend- not for imposing our sentiments ed.” Some other pamphlets were on them, or persecuting them in published at Exeter, “ Arius de- any respect for what opinions tected and confuted,” and “ The They may hold; so we only Innocent vindicated.”

insist on our own liberty of worThat our readers may have the shipping God agreeably to our whole case at Exeter before them, consciences, and of hearing those the statement of the committee ministers, who will preach and must also be presented. They defend the faith which we have şay, “ The violence and artifice received, and which we think wherewith the attempts made most agreeable to the word of against the ever blessed TRINITY God."-Signed, were carried on, and the strange James White John Stephens progress it had of late made, B. Brindley John Vowles especially among the youth here, Anth. Vicary Edm. Cock necessitated us to proceed with 5. Munckley Mark Burridg that expedition to prevent many Fran. Lydston H. Waldrond ill consequences that we were in T. Jeffery John Pyon.t fear of. Nor could we think it

While these things were transreasonable, that such as declined

acting at Exeter, the flame to declare their own faithi, could spread itself to London. The be supposed competent advisers

general body of London ministers,

consisting of Presbyterians, In“ We assure you we have

dependents, and Baptists, had hearty concern for the

peace

of the churches, and for the repu- advice on this very important

been applied to from Exeter for tation of our ministers; but we

subject. A committee of that dare not give up so great an ar. body drew up “ Advices for proticle of our faith, as is that of moting Peace," and a meeting the proper Deity of the Son and was specially convened at SalHoly Ghost, which we appre- ters'-Hall Meeting, on February hend fully held forth in the sa- 19, 1718-19, to deliberate and cred scriptures, as expressed in the fifth and sixth answers in the

agree upon these articles. The Assembly's Catechism, or in the assembly was numerous, and after first article of the church of Eng

+ Letter from Exeter to the Rev.

Jeremiah Smith, and the subscribing * Case of Ministers, &c. p. 7–15. ministers.

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the Rev. Joshua Oldfield, D.D. against persecution, come up had been appointed Moderator, stairs !" To which another reit was agreed to proceed with the joined, “ You that are for the discussion paragraph by para- doctrine of the Trinity, stay begraph, without any division, or low!” The Rev. Thomas Bradany considerable appearance of bury, who had proposed this hands to the contrary.

measure, was hissed in the As. On Friday the 24th, was a se- sembly; and though this indecent cond meeting, at which time the conduct was reproved, yet the names of all present were set person added, “ he hoped there down, and then called over, one would be no occasion for hissing.” by one; each denomination being Mr. Bradbury was understood by to approve or disapprove of such some to have said,

“ You that were reported to belong to are forthe doctrine of the Trinity, them ; and exceptions were als are desired to stay below; and lowed to be made against any you that are against it, to go up whose presence might be object into the gallery.” He, however, ed to. . After this, matters were satisfied the Assembly that his debated for several hours, and at words were, “ You that are for last a question was agreed to be declaring your faith in the docput, for the decision of which a trine of the Trinity, if any are division was found necessary. above, you are desired to come This question was,

“ Whether a down; and those of you who are declaration concerning the Tri- not for declaring, are desired to nity, should not be inserted in go up.' After the confusion the Paper of Advices ?" Those was hushed, the Assembly dewho were against this declaration clared that Mr. Bradbury, had being inserted, went into the gal- given them satisfaction; and lery, to the number of 57; those passed a vote, “ That in future who were for it staid below, no person be censured before he to the number of 53. Thus a be called upon to explain himmajority of four appeared to self.” carry the question in favour of The next meeting, March 3, the conduct of Messrs. Pierce and was opened by loud complaints Hallet.

by some of the majority, that On this occasion much warmth they were under a charge without was manifested.

One minister doors, as if they were against the asked, Whether they came doctrine of the Trinity. These there to be contradicted by were answered by others of the Anabaptist teachers ?It was minority, that all ground of susreplied, “ The persons they aim- picion might be removed, and ed at

not Anabaptist the world be satisfied, by the teachers, but Baptist ministers, Assembly making and subscribof which name they were not ing an immediate declaration of ashamed; but the former appel- | their faith in the Holy Trinity, lation, denoted re-baptism, which they disowned.” As those mi- Mr. Bradbury was so provoked by the

* There is a traditionary report, that nisters who were against the de- indecent hissing which he received, that claration respecting the Trinity he tartly replied, “I have been pleading being introduced into the Arti- the cause of him who bruised the head cles, were going into the gallery, fore that the seed of the serpent should

of the serpent; it is not wonderful there. one cried out, “ You that are hiss !"

were

THE

AND THE

antecedent to their proceeding to ing to March 9. The minority, any thing else. A roll of paper however, continued to act by was then produced, on which themselves after the majority had was written the first Article of left the place; and then agreed the Church of England, viz.: to meet again on March 10. “ There is but one living and Both parties, after the 3d instant, true God, everlasting; without met at separate places, and at body, parts, or passions: of infi- length sent their separate Adnite power, wisdom, and good vices to Exeter. These, with ness; the Maker and Preserver of the names and other particulars all things, visible and invisible; of the subscribing and non-suband in the unity of this Godhead, scribing ministers, &c. &c, must there be three Persons of one be deferred.* substance, power, and eternity;

IOTA. the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” To this was subjoined, “We do heartily subscribe to that which is above ex

PALACE OF SCIENCE, pressed, as what we believe to be the doctrine of the blessed Trinity, revealed in the scriptures." Temple of Contemplation & Devotion, There were also proposed for

A FRAGMENT, their subscription the fifth and sixth Articles of the Assembly's

By the late Rev. Mr. RYLAND. Catechism, viz. : “ There is but one only, the living and trúe This building, with its appurGod. There are three Persons tenances, is supposed to take up in the Godhead, the Father, the above a hundred acres of land. Son, and the Holy Ghost: and the scene is laid on Epping Fothese three are one God; the rest. The central house is that same in substance, equal in power beautiful structure built by Lord and glory.” To this the same Tilney; to which we add two declaration was appended as to the former; and both were signed

* The Pamphlets consulted for the by the names of 60 ministers, above History are: 1. The Case of the and they afterwards were in- Ministers ejected at Exon, by James creased to 77. While these were

Pierce, 1719. 2. A Defence of the in the gallery, the rest, to the Case, by Ditto, 1719. 3. A True Rela

tion of some Proceedings at Sallers' number of about 50, staid below, Hall, by those Ministers whu signed the and proceeded to the considera- first Article of the Church of England,

4. A Vindication of the tion of Advices to the people of &c. &c. &c. Exeter. The subscribing minis- subscribing Alinisters, by several of the

Ministers of the three Denominations ters, without wishing to impose who subscribed the Declaration, 1719. their sentiments, invited their 5. An Account of the late Proceedings brethren below to join with them. of the Dissenting Ministers at Salters

Hall, &c. &c. in a Letter to the Rev. Dr. The minority below refused; the

Gale, with a Postscript to Mr. Bradbury, majority in the gallery sent a so- 1719, 6.

6. The Anatony of the Heretical lemn message to them, by two Synod, &c. by T. L. the Author of the of their brethren, to PROTEST Scourge, 1719. 7. The Noble Stand, or against their proceedings, and to second Parts, by Daniel Wilcox, 1719.

a Just Vindication, &c. &c. first and warn the Moderator to leave the 8. An Authentic Account; Reasons for chair; and adjourn the meet- not subscribing, &c. &c. 1719.

grand wings, in the form of a sit the third department on the crescent, containing near thirty right wing, which is called The noble departments. The first House Of Evidence. Here house on the right wing is styled we consider the nature of EviThe SCHOOL OF TRUTH. To dence, as, it consists in the apthis we take the pupils every pearance of truth to the mind; we morning at six o'clock. Here we consider the clear evidence of the contemplate the nature of Truth, Divine existence and perfections ; in opposition to error, or mis- the clearest evidences of the imtaken conception of the nature of mortality of the soul, and the things; in opposition to hypo- brightest evidences of Christiancrisy, lying, and unfaithfulness. ity. We display the good old We likewise consider the pro- argument at large, arising from perties of truth, as original, essen- the working of miracles; the fultial, pure, perfect, eternal, and filment of prophecies in the immutable.

four universal monarchies, in the In the afternoon of the same Jews, in the Messiah, and in the day, we go to the first house on rise and present state of Popery. the left wing, which is the We consider the goodness of the READING-ROOM. Here we are doctrine, or its fitness to remove taught to avoid two things : misery, and promote happiness. blunderation, or reading wrong; We lastly take a view of the and jabberation, or reading too moral character of the penmen, fast; to which we add a third, arising from the holiness of drawling, or reading too slow. God. This is all the business on Mon- In the afternoon we go to the day.

third house in the left wing, On Tuesday morning, at six called The School of Geoo'clock, we visit the second depart- GRAPHY. ment on the right wing, which The first object is a small Map we call The HOUSE OF Ge- of England, with the characters NIUS AND TASTE. Here we of famous men born in the seveconsider the nature of Genius, ral counties. which is a bent of the will, and On Thursday morning we visit an aptitude in the understanding, the fourth department in the right to excel in any peculiar art or wing, which is called The science. Here we consider the SchoOL OF PRUDENCE, as it nature of Taste, which is a clear consists in proposing the highest sense of the great, the true, and end of man, the best means to the beautiful, in the works and attain that end, the fittest circumword of God.

stances of time, and manner of In the afternoon we visit the se- action; with a securing ourcond department in the left wing, selves against repentance; i. e. which is called the Scriptorium, wishing that we had used other or WRITING-ROOM. Here youth means, and taken better meaare not only taught to write with sures. ease and elegance, but to copy

In this school of prudence we many of the finest pieces of beau- consider its opposite, which is tiful writing and sublime senti- Imprudence. This consists in ments, with which the city of proposing a bad end, or in using London now abounds.

untit means to attain a good one; On Wednesday morning we vi- in mistiming the actions of life;

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