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which I have so long laid before them. Nay so resolute were the Heads of the University of Cam. bridge, and the Convocation against such Examination and Amendment, that my bare Proposals for such Examination and Amendment were deemed criminal, and were charged upon me as Instances of Heretical Pravity by both those Bodies; and made use of in order to my Expulsion and Excommunication. Yet hear the inoffensive and serious Manner in which I all along address'd myself to this Church, no fewer indeed than six several Times before this ; though all to no Manner of Purpose.

· that I might live to see, (they are my very • Words) that happy Day here in Great Britain, when publick Authority, Ecclesiastical and

Secular, should depute a Committe of learned, • impartial, and pious Men, with this Commission, ' That they diligently, freely, and honestly examine • her present Constitution in all its Parts, and

bring in an unbiass d and unprejudic'd Account 6 of her Defects and Aberrations, whether in

Doctrine, Worship, or Discipline, of all Sorts, « from the Primitive Standard, in order to their « effectual Correction and Reformation. Then « would our Sion be indeed a Praise in the Earth; • the Darling and Pattern of all the other Pro! teftant Churches in the World ; and by such an (illustrious Precedent, would effectually recommend ( the like Reformation to all the other Churches, and < fo become the Foundation and Centre of theirUnity,

Love, and Peace; and thereby most effectually hasten the coming of that glorious Day of God,

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5 2 Pet, iii. 12. when, 'according to our Lord's « most fure Promise, and that of the Father also,

we look for new Heavens and a new Earth ; à new and better State of the Church here on Earth

; 6 wherein Righteousness will dwell, till it end in

the glorious Millennium, the Kingdom of our • Loru, advanced to its highest Perfection, and • spread over the Face of the whole world, till the • Consummation of all Things.

(3.) Our Protestant Church of England, together with the other Protestant Churches everywhere, have not only refused to examine and amend their present evil Conftitutions, but they have withal constantly refused even to tolerate primitive Christianity, at least these last thirty-four Years. This appears by the humble and serious Address I made to the Princes and States of Europe in the Year 1716, if not for the Admision, yet at least for the open Toleration of the Christian Religion in their Dominions : Wherein I demonstrated, (1.) That none of them do, properly speaking, admit, or openly tolerate the Christian Religion in their Dominions at this Day. (2.) I give an Account what are the true Occasions why it is not admitted, or openly tolerated by them. (3.) I give some Reafous, why they ought to admit, or at least openly tolerate this Religion. I also (4.) make an earnest Address to the several European Princes and States, grounded on the Premises, for the Admision, or at least the open Toleration of the fame Christian Reli : gion in their Dominions. (See before, Page 250– 281, 282.] But all was to no Manner of Purpose,


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and without the least publick Notice taken of it, that
I know of, by any body till this very Day. How-
ever, I am willing to hope, that upon the Score of
the late Murrain, Meteors, Earthquakes, Storms,
and the Dread of more such Judgments, I may
now be better hearkened to.

(4.) The Protestants, as well as the Papists,
curse the Eusebians, or Primitive Christians, in the
continued Use of the horrible Athanafian Creed.
This I mentioned in that remarkable Letter which
I wrote to the present Archbishop of Canterbury,
Jan. 23, 1747-8. [Page 407. priùs.] in the
Words following: - If our thirteen Times a Year

cursing the Eufebians, or Primitive Christians, by

publick Authority, in the Athanafian Creed, were conce corrected ; our Manners in Court and Coun

try throughly amended ; and our Prayers, on

all such Occasions, were more folemn and serious • than they now are, we might hope that God « would pity us, and our dumb Creatures, and pro

cure both them a Release from this Diftemper,
and ourselves a Deliverance from the Effects of
• it, and from those other great and amazing Judge
"ments which I fully and suddenly expect, as a

Consequence of what is already begun, and this
upon the most authentick Evidence of Scripture

To this Clause the Archbishop returned me no
Answer. But whether the frightful Signs since that
Time have procured his Injunction to his Chaplains
never to use that Creed in his Chapel at Lambeth,

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or elsewhere any longer, I do not yet know. This Creed is used but once a Year by the Lutherans, as I have been informed, I mean on Trinity Sunday only. How often it is used in the publick Service of the Church of Rome I do not yet know; while in Scotland, and among our Disfenters, it is not used at all. Nor indeed, was its Use in the Church of England fo horrid, while the Clergy thought they had some Pretence to believe the Athanafian Doctrine, especially by those who supposed it fundamental, and so had some Excuse for the Use of the main Parts of the Athanafian Creed : (Though the Use of the Damnatory Sentences was always in: excusable.) But since that Athanafian Doctrine has been of late found, for certain, to be no better than a monstrous Popish Heresy, and all the truly Learned have many Years deserted its Defence, the Belief of that monstrous Doctrine, and much more the Use of that horrible Creed, are become plainly intolerable. I may myself, at least, be allowed to write thus freely, since I have not only long and throughly confuted that Doctrine itself, but because it was that Creed, which, a very few Years ago, forced me away from all Communion with the Church of England, as has been largely related before in these Memoirs, Page 458, 459, 460–492 - 509. And the Use of which at this Day I take to be an intire Degradation of all the Clergy that use it, and such a Degradation as the most sincere Repentance will only procure their Admission among the Laity ever afterwards. This will be thought by the Clergy very harsh Doctrine, an bard Saying,


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who can bear it? But since it appears to me to be fully warranted, or rather absolutely required by the Laws of Christianity, already set down, Page 506, 507, 508. I know of no Power on Earth that can allow me to dispense with them. However, seeing this whole Head chiefly concerns the Clergy of the established Church, that, if possible, they may be at last moved to think of the doleful Case they are in, and into what a doleful State they have brought ourLaity,who depend upon them also. Take my own and Bishop Burnet's most serious Admonitions to them, produced formerly by me, as follows: And may Almighty God make them at last effectual to their through Reformation. Yeare the Salt of the Earth, (Matt.v. 13.) says our Saviour to his Apostles, and by them, in effect, to all their Successors in preaching his Gospel : But if the Salt have lost its Savour, wherewith shall it be salted ? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under Foot of Men, [See Christian Discipline, Page 77, 78.]

If the Reader will pardon a short, but not unseasonable Digression, it is clearly my Opinion, that till our Defenders of Christianity do more than they have most of them hitherto done, as to affording the World this Conviction that they are really in Earnest themselves ; particularly till our Bishops leave off procuring Commendams, and heaping up Riches and Preferments on themselves, their Relations, and Favourites ; nay, till they correct their Non-residence ; till they leave the Court, the Parliament, and their Politicks, and go down to their



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