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PRE FACE.

HE first edition of these Memoirs, which were published by the Author

himself in 1748, being entirely fold SAT

off, and the demand still continuing, it was thought proper to reprint them; not only as they contain the

Author's last corre&tions to several of his works, but as many particulars, of an historical nature, are interwoven in these Memoirs, which deserve 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 have given to these Me. moirs; and ibose will rather encrease, than be diminished by time. For as personal prejudices die away, the character of the writer 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 ibe end of the former edition. But it was thought proper to owit entirely thres Tracts, which

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were printed in the former edition in the body of the work, chiefly because each of them may be had separately for a small price, and also not to oblige the Purchaser to buy over again what he may already have. The Traets omitted are as follows.

I. A serious 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, bis wife, who died in January, 1750-1, at Lyndon, in Rutland.

MEMOIRS

OF THE

LIFE and WRITINGS

OF

Mr.WILLIAM WHISTON.

CONTAINING,

Μ Ε Μ Ο Ι RS

OF

Several of his FRIENDS also.

WRIT TEN by HIMSELF.

PART I.

Ne quid falsi dicere audeat :
Ne quid veri non audeat.

LONDO'N : Printed for J. WHISTOn and B. WHITE, in Fleet-street.

M.DCC.LIII.

M E M O I R S

OF THE

LIFE and WRITINGS

OF

Mr. WILLIAM WHISTON.

9.

WILLIAM WHISTON was born at Norton juxta Twycrose, in the county of Leicester, upon December A. D. 1667. O.S. My father was fosch Whiston, rector of the same

place, who married the daughter of Gabriel Rose, 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 profefforship there, and of the profits thercof; with the cen

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