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Wichelsea and nottingham Daniel Feuch, earl of
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Mr. W bifton's Letter to Him,
Of the Holy Ghoft.
Deut. XXIX. 29.
those Things which are reveald, belong to us, and
1 Tim. VI. v. 20, 21. Keep that which is committed to thy Truft, avoiding
prophane and vain Babblings, and Oppositions of Science falsly so calld; which fome professing, have erred concerning the Truth.
The E I G H IH EDITION.
L O N D ON:
Price One Shilling.
When I receiv'd your Letter concerning the Eternity of the Son of God, and of the Holy Spirit, dated July 10. 1719. together with yotir Letter of Thanks to the Bishop of London , dated Jan. 17. 1715. annext to it: Tho' I thought I was not, at my Years, to learn my Catechism ; jet my Cu- . riosity led me to read them, knowing your Reputatinn for Learning : And I own my great Surprize, to find Jo many Testimonies, and some Texts, cited by you against the Doctrine of the Trinity, by which you bad been drawn from that Opinion and Faith , which you once profess’d; and which now, with the Boldness and Authority of an Apojlle, ( like St. Paul himself in another Cafe ) Behold, I say unto yon, is "a fatal Gal. v. 2. “ Mistake : So I refolu'd to look into your Quotations, letter to
the Bishop and consider your Texts ; and I own also, that I was of Londons much more surpriz'd, to find your Quotations liable p.18 to such Obječtions, as you will see in the ensuing Letter, which I writ soon after yours came to my Hand, with an Expectation of seeing you, when you came into this Country, as you us'd to do every Tear ; and to prepare my self, as well as I was able , for your Assaults, and 710t to enter into an open Paper-War, knowing my own Ignorance and Weakness; and that I had not sufficiently
prov'd the Armour, which was necessary for an Encounter with so great a Champion, as had defy'd the Armies of the Living God. But since you have been in Rutland, both last Tear and this, and not af. forded me your Company here, as formerly you were mont; and that your Letter to me is referr'd to, in a late Tract by your self, as a full Evidence of the Truth of your Do&trine ; and that many may take your peremptory Affertions upon Trust, from so eminent a Man as your self; and since I have had Leisure to examine your Quotations, and do find that you have perverted the Scriptures, and abus'd your Authors by an intrue and unfair Representation of the Pasages you cite out of them ; I have now ventur?d to send to the
l Press my Animadversions, and what has occurr`d to me upon this Subje&t ; that I might not, by my Silence, be
thought your Proselyte : And because it is not enough Rom.x.10. to believe with the Heart, but with the Mouth
Confession is made unto Salvation ; and not confelling the Lord Jesus before Men, is next to the denying him.
I do not doubt, but your Zeal will prompt you to a Reply; and therefore allow me to tell you the Metbod, in which it will be mot fair in its self, and satisfatory to me and others, who shall read it.
1. To state your own Do&trine, and to them that it is consistent with coinmon Sense, and with the other Doctrines of our Holy Religion ; which, I hope, we agree in; some of which I have mention' in
Leta ter: For, like the Men of Capua, who would not destroy their Magiftrates, though they extremely disik'd them, because they could not find better to put into their Places; you should not, in an Age, when many ridicule all reveal'd Religion, reproach that, which is establish'd among us, as being again? " of Nature and common Sense till
“ the Light
freed your own Scheme from that Obječtion, and evi-
3. Not to load me with a Multitude of new
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you upon this point of the Truth and Fairness of your Quotations.
Lastly, As you have a Right to examine my Quota