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when you nicely examine that geography; which will not be neceffary the first time. You are right as to the bishop of Worcester's Bible : 'tis now grown the common Bible in the larger editions. As to the method of common placing in an interleav'd or interlin'd Bible, 'tis not difficult. Thus upon Daniel's weeks, Dan. ix. refer to the tenth hypothesis of my New Theory, where you have my learned friend Mr. Allin's proofs, that the old year was 360 days, which year I then thought to be us'd in those weeks, and to be the very key of that prophecy; Thus also upon Gen. iii. 15. Note all the places whence it appears that the Messias was to have a mother, but not a father ; as I have noted them in my Boyle's Leatures, page 92, 93. A little use will make you ready at this way: tho' I myself rather wish I had, than really have pursu'd it all along my studies. But if I were to begin again I should certainly do it. The original doxology, Glory' be to the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Ghost, seems to mean thus, Glory be now, and ever given to the supreme God the Father, by the mediation of the Son, and affistance of the Holy Spirit.
I have now answer'd your particular questions, and hope that these small additions, join'd to my former larger directions, will be of use to you in your ftudies, and sufficient to set you in the right way in general : which, when you have made some progress in, you will be able to be your own guide in fuch matters. As to the dangers and persecutions I have exposed myself to by my late writings, I knew my duty as a christian, and did refolve to hazard all in the world, rather than be unfaithful to the truths of Christ, or suffer the church' to be any longer so grosly impos'd upon, as she has long been, by the writers of controversy, atid the tyranny of antichtift. Yet, blessed be
God, I have been all along so providentially directed and preserved in this perilous undertaking, that my losses have been none at all from the publick, and my dangers soon over: so that I now.. esteem these sacred truths past danger of being suppress’d, and myself, in great part, past the danger of violence on their account. Tho', if God, see fit, ftill farther to try me, bis will be done. The Apostolical Constitutions, in Greek and in Englih, are now in the press ; as will my Esay upon them soon be also. But my Account of the Primi. tive Faith will, I hope, come to a publick exami. nation before it is printed. I suppose you have seen my imperfect Esay on the Epistles of Ignatius, which I am now compleating ; and which, if not throughly answered, will gain all I contend for; especially when the Apostolical Constitutions themfelves, lo úndoubtedly supported by them, appear more commonly among christians, and appear to be of equal authority with the four gospels themselves, as they really were in all the first times of the church. I pray God prosper your honest studies and endeavours, and make you an useful member of his church, and am,
Your very humble Servant,
About this year, 1710, Menkenius, a learned man in Germany, wrote to Dr. Hudson, the learned keeper of the Bodleian library at Oxford, to procure him an account of me; whose writings then made, as he said, a great noise in Germany. Dr. Hudson employ'd his darling pupil and relation Mr. Fisher, my late very good friend, and very useful justice of peace, at Ibirlby near Bourn, Lincolnshire, but now dead, to go to my patron bishop
Moor, for a character of me, who, when he had
good man: may be mistaken.” Mr. Fisher
Some time in the summer this year, 1710, or rather the foregoing year, 1709, it must have been, when
best friends began to be greatly affrighted
you well; but as to what I am now about, I
but for myself, I have studied these points
to the bottom, and am throughly satisfied
The, like refolute answer almost I made to Dr.
the convocation's falling upon me afterward, and aimed prodigiously to terrify me with their irrefifti. ble authority. After which, I was hardly affaulted any more in this way; and continuing to act boldly, according to my duty and conscience, enjoyed a great calm within , how roughly soever the waves and billows abroad seemed ready to overwhelma me. Nor do I remember that during all the legal proceedings against me, which lasted, in all, four or five years at Cambridge and London, I loft my sleep more than two or three hours one night on that
This affords a fmall specimen of what fupport the old confeffors and martyrs might receive from their Saviour, when they underwent such miferies and torments, as we should generally think unsupportable by human nature.
But to proceed; as to myself, when I faw that it was not unlikely that I might come into great troubles, by my open and resolute behaviour in those -matters, and resolving to hazard all in endeavouring to refore the religion of Christ as he lefc it; which I well knew what it was in almoft every single point: I took particular notice of the martyrdom of Polycarp; and learned that admirable prayer of his at his martyrdom by heart: and if it should be my lot to die a martyr, I designed to put up the fame prayer,
in the fame circumftances; being satisfied that no death is so eligible to a chriftian as martyrdom, in case the preservation of his integrity and a good confcience make it necessary.
In this year 1710, I published a first very small imperfect Elay on the Epistles of St. Ignatius: But this was afterward greatly improv'd, and became a large differtation, and is prefixed before these epiftles in the first volume of my Primitive Christianity Reviv'd; whither I refer the reader,
About the middle of the fame year 17 10,I wrote 2 fmall Memorial for setting up charity-schools uni
versally in England and Wales : It was presented to that fociety of which I was a member, called, The Society for promoting Cbriftian Knowledge ; which had charity-schools under their care ; and was, I think, one of the oldest of those excellent focieties, greatly promoted, if not årft founded, by my dear friend Dr. Thomas Bray. This memorial was reprinted, and subjoined to what copies I had remaining of my Primitive Infant Baptism Reviv’d, of which presently
Since I am fallen upon the mention of Dr. Bray, I cannot but recommend a small book lately published, by a nameless author, concerning him ; intituled, Publick Spirit illustrated in the Life and Defigns of the Reverend Thomas Bray, D. D. late Minister of Aldgate; which I was presented with, when I lately, at Atherston, met with Mr. Shaw, jun. and Mr. Carpenter, Dr. Bray's very worthy. son-in-law, and successor in the pastoral care of Sheldon, near Colesbill, Warwickshire, and in the patronage of the best christian nobleman whom I ever knew, the good lord Digby. The contents of which book I can almost always attest to be true myself; and have ever esteem'd Dr. Bray, not as one of the greatest abilities, but, by far, the most useful clergyman, and most indefatigable promoter of religion, and of those pious designs and societies which conduce thereto, that I ever knew; whom I always honoured and affifted, both in the review of his catechetick lectures, and his other many charitable and christian attempts; and heard him comforting himself with those numerous good works he had to heartily promoted near his own death. And I well remember, that he once said to me, when he was preparing to go as a missionary or commissary to the West-Indians, and expected a good income to be provided for his support there, " Brother Whiston, you will go
with me, you