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P R E F A C E
GOS H E first edition of these Memoirs, So
which were published by the Author Lo r e himself in 1748, being entirely fold T S off, and the demand still continuing,
it was thought proper to reprint them ; not only as they contain the
Author's last correétions to several of his works, but as many particulars, of an historical nature, are interwoven in these Memoirs, which de serve to be preserved and handed down to posterity. The strict integrity and sincerity of the Auibor, were probably the strongest motives for the favourable Reception which the publick bave given to these Me. moirs ; and ibose will rather encrease, than be diminised by time. For as personal prejudices die away, the character of the moriter will be more bighly and justly esteemed. This edition is printed from the former very carefully, with those alterations and corrections disposed in their proper places, which the
Author, upon his revisal of the work, bad thrown together at the end of the form or edition. But it was tbought proper to oweit entirely tbreo Traits, which
were printed in the former edition in the body of the work, chiefly because each of them may be bad feparately for a small price, and also not to oblige ibe Purchafer to buy over again what be may already have. The Tracts omitted are as follows.
I. A ferious address to the Baptists.
II. An argument in defence of Diffenter's Ordination.
· III. Preface to the Liturgy of the church of England, reduced nearer the primitive standard.
The pious author, full of years and good works, died after a week's illness, August 22, 1752, aged 84 years, 8 months and 13 days; and was buried near that excellent woman, his wife, who died in January, 1750-1, at Lyndon, in Rutland.
MEMOIRS OF THE
Life and WRITINGS
OF Mr.WILLIAM WHÍSTON.
of Several of his Friends also.
WRITTEN by HIMSELF.
PA R T I.
Ne quid falsi dicere audeat :
LONDON: Printed for J. WHISTON and B. WHITE, in Fleet-street.
Barbosa WILLIAM WHISTON * was
born at Norton juxta Twycrolle, in All the county of Leicester, upon DecemWa s ber 9. A. D. 1667: 0. s. My father W
was Josiah W biston, rector of the same
place, who married the daughter of Gabriel Rolle, the former incumbent; whose curate he had been, and was so fortunate as to succeed him, of which Gabriel Rolle, my grandfather, who was rector of Norton near fifty years, and lived to
eighty* The reader is to observe, that the intire histories of Mr. WHIston's prosecution at the university of Cambridge ; with his banishment thence ; of his deprivation of the mathematic profefiorship there, and of the profits thereof; with the cer