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Powers of his Genius, and inflamed with the Zeal for the Discovery of Truth, unwound all these Mazes, however dissicult and perplexed; Things in themselves obscure he brighten'd, the doubtful reduc'd to Certainty, and polished the unornamental. He by drawing away the Veil, Exhibited to publick View and Admiration the ancient Face of the Church. In his Writings we with Joy behold her very Picture drawn in proper Colours, and exactly agreeable to the true Features and Lineaments of the Original; and how will that Joy and Veneration be increased, when we shall view the Matron herself before us, revivM as it were from the Dead, breathing, speaking! Much should I injure one endeared to me by the strictest Rules of Friendship, much esteemed from frequent Trials of his Integrity, if I did not believe his frequent and solemn Asseverations, that he did not engage in this Great Work out of any Desire of Innovations, any private Resentments, or meaner Views of Interest, but merely for the Good and Advantage of the Church. Neither fliould I act the human, faithsul or just Part, did I not endeavour to fix in the Minds of others that Character and Opinion of Him, which is intirely rooted in my own; and which I did not rashly take up from slight Conjectures, but from an intimate Acquaintance and long Experience. This Recommendation would be too invidious, and more uneasy to Him than any one besides, should I say that he never err'd, never was mistaken in. so long a Work, never let some Words in the Heat of his Pen pass from him, which he would not willingly have recalled upon cooler Reflections. Sffculd I fay that he has not often nor grosly err'd,. nor willingly drawn others into Mistakes; should

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I positively assert that there are many Things in these Writings that merit the highest Praise, few that want any Allowances of Excuse, none but what Men of Humanity might easily pardon; I should in that utter my own Opinion, and, if I am not deceived by too great a Fondness of Friendship, the Opinion of all impartial Judges too. Be there then room left for Pardon, for Praise, -for Gratitude. If some sharp, warm or free Expressions have escaped him, a Reader of any Humanity will not attribute them to Envy, Resentment, or Arrogance, but to a Temper of itself too warm, or perhaps to Passion easily pardonable in a Soldier who contended for all that is dear to Us, in a Son endeavouring to rescue his Mother from Injury and Violence. But if there is an Overbalance of Beauties in his Writings, if he has treated of Things in themselves dissicult, usesul, pleasing; if he has confirmed them by the strongest Arguments, if he has imprinted them in the Minds of the Readers by a Purity and Perspicuity of Stile, it is sit that he receive the Applause due to Learning from Men of Letters, from the Eloquent the Honour due to Eloquence. If he has bravely asserted the Privileges and Liberties of Convocations at the Hazard of his own Fortune, if he has preserr'd the publick Advantage to his private Interest, let the Clergy make some Returns at least, to the Assertor of The Rights of the Clergy. May this Man, of equal Penetration and Diligence in the Management of Business, receive this most proper Reward of his Services, the Opportunity of acting in a larger Sphere, where he may exert all his Powers of Arts and Genius, in contriving, promoting, and confirming the Peace of the Church*


With what Applause has he often preached before the People, the Magistrates, the Clergy, the Senate, and the Court! How often has the late Queen Mary (now gathered to the Saints above) been charmed with his Eloquence! And what Address did he use in tempering the Soul of her Sifter, who still survives (and by the Blessing of Heaven may she long do so !) when she was almost oppressed and overcome by her late Affliction.* As he has long supported with Dignity the different and distinct Ossices of a Preacher, Canon, Arch-Deacon, and Dean, so may he with the same Virtues, the same Eloquence, the fame universal Approbation, adorn this Chair as Prolocutor, who will (if I prophecy right) some Time or other adorn one in a greater and more honourable Station. .

The present State of Affairs certainly promises Us every Thing that is likely to redound to the Advantage and Glory of The Church of England, from the Inclination of the People, the Zeal of the Ministry, the Piety of the best of QU E E N S, and the closest Agreement between the Civil and Ecclesiastical Powers. There ever was a near Assinity between the House of Commons, and the Lower House of Convocation, a Resemblance such as is uilial between Sisters, with some Diversity: But from this Time there will be a nearer Relation between them, while f two Persons educated together in the same College (ever fruitsul of the best Sciences) under the same J Prelate of blessed Memory, happily instructed in the fame Ptfinci

• The Death of Prince GEOKGE.

t Mr. Bromley and Pr. Atterbury both of Christ-Church, Oxen. t Bishop Ftll,

pies, preside over these different Assemblies; both cf them, of tried, fixed, unshaken Fidelity, to their Prince, their Country, and their Church ; who bo.h make us hope Great Things, and who will still perform Greater. The One a strenuous Aflertor of the best constituted and happily tempered Government, the Other of its Church. He certainly was a proper Person for a Senate to make Choice of to preside over them, that bore the deepest Veneration for their QU E E N; and one fit to be confirmed by the Authority of a QUEEN, who had the tenderest Affection for her People: Neither is This Person unworthy to be recommended to you, Fathers, by a Clergy most Dutisul and Respectsul to the Episcopal Order, nor undeserving that Approbation, which you, Venerable Fathers, out of your tender Affection to that Clergy, shall vouchsafe to their Election.

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Nova Philosophia Vetert præserenda eft.*

QUOUSQUE Veterum Vestigiis serviliter insistemus. Academici, nec ultra Patres sapere audebimus? Quoufque Antiquitatis ineptias, ut Senum Deliria nonnulli solent, religiose venerabimur? Pudeat sane, dum tam præclarum Ætatis. hujusce Specimen coram Oculis præsens intuemur, ad Antiquos Encomia nostra transserre, & inter priora sæcula quos celebremus sedulo investigare.

Satis superque veteri Philosophiæ concessum eft, quod Stagyritæ Laudibus Theatrum toties sonuit Sheldonianum, quod ille vel Alexandra suo major in Scholarum Rostris tam diu impune trt— umphavit, & totum Mundum habuit Diseipulum. Fæliciori tandem ingenio succedit Cartesius, qui contra omnes omnium oppugnantium vires Veritatem pertinaciter afleruit, & novum hoc introduxit philofophandi Genus; si vero Philosophiæ isti Novitatis Nomen tribuendum sit, quæ, quanquam jam primum innotuerit, vel Peripateticam Antiquitate superat, & ipsi Materiæ a qua derivatur, existit coætanea. Illustris ille Vir, quem unum Galilee invidemus, proinde omnia explicuit, ac si

* Vid. Tbeatri Qxonienjis Encttiia, five Camlti* Tbihhgiea, Julii 7. 1693, celebrata. N. B. Oi thi« Piece one Lockm*», wha pretended co wiitc Mr. Aiiisnfi Lite, was wholly ignorant.

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