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and which we wish himself had not tranf grefs'd.
As his Work is principally a Revival of old Charges, we apprehend no Defence more rational, than fuch as is taken from the Writings of those he has accus'd; their own Words being the beft Evidences of his perverting them.
THE End we propose, is the right Information of himself and others, concerning a People found in all the Doctrines of Chriftianity, Lovers of Sobriety and Virtue, and deferving better Ufage, than he has thought fit to give them.
WE freely submit what we have written to the Confideration of every impartial Reader, who will form his own Judgment, without Refpect of Perfons, by the Merits of the Caufe.
The Vicar having prefixed to his Book the
160,171,175,178,484, William Shewen, 262.
PAGE 13. line 6. for 11. 5. read 2. 1. p. 23. l. 17. for 23. read 13. p. 39. 1. 19. for Cor. read 1 Cor.
p. 140. 1.
5. for were read where. p. 147. 1. 26. for out read our. p. 181. 1. 27. for part read paft. p. 185. 1. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. dele the Comma's. p. 186. 1. 23. for 1 John read John. p. 188. in the Margin, for lanecâ read lancea. p. 2c6.1.13. for then read when. p. 221. 1. 17. dele not. p. 224, 1. 27. for be read are to be. p. 228. 1. 32. for Hamon read Haman. p. 250. l. 15. for Hour read Hours. p. 260. 1. 3. for Merits read Mercies. ibid. 1. 25. for the Period put a Semicolon. p. 282. 1. 17. for Occafion read Omiffion. p. 286. 1. 7. for 15. read xvi. 15. p. 290.1. 16. for xx. read xxviii. p. 331. 1.3 for include read conclude. p. 368. 1. 29, 30. for their read his. ibid. 1. 29, 30, 31. dele the Comma's. p. 370. l. 11. dele the Comma after teftify. p. 372. 1. 14. for away read a Way.
Such other Typographical Errors as may occur, the Reader is defired to correct with his Pen,
Defence of Quakerifm,
Or an ANSWER to
Patrick Smith's Book.
Wherein that Author's Title, Dedication, Preface, and Manner of Writing, are confidered.
N his Title-Page, he calls the Quakers, Hereticks and Schifmaticks; and Quakerifm, a Complication of Deifm, Enthusiasm, and divers other ancient and modern Errors and Herefies: Whence 'tis evident, that he is not clear of that Bitterness and Virulence of Expreffion, which himself fays, (a) Can never ferve to clear up a Controverfy, nor be confiftent with a • Chriftian Spirit.' Harfh Terms, by raifing terrible Ideas in the Imagination, may probably prepoffefs weak Readers in Favour of one Side, and are too often us'd for that Purpose, as is obferv'd by John Hales of Eaton, who fays, (b) Herefy and Schifm, as they are in common Ufe, are two Theological Mcpus or Scarecrows, ⚫ which they who uphold a Party in Religion
(a) Pref. p. 9. (b) Tract concerning Schifm, p. 191.
ufe, to fright away fuch, as making Inquiry into it, are ready to relinquish and oppofe it, if it appear either erroneous or fufpicious.'
His Dedication, fo far as relates to the Bishop of London's favourable Opinion of fome of his Papers, and his Commands to him to proceed in his Defign, we pass by, tho', it feems, by his begging Patronage, that he is confcious his Caufe needs it. The Manner of his Addrefs we efteem more Courtly than Chriftian, and fhall leave to the Giver and Receiver of them to reconcile the Titles of My Lord, and Right Reverend Father in God, with the plain Precept of Chrift, Be not ye called of Men Rabbi. Mat. xxiii. 8.
In his Preface, he tells us, that he has been at the Pains to draw up a brief Summary of the whole Controverfy, between the Church of England and the Quakers-without omitting any material Branch or Part thereof, that he 'knows,' But we know, and, did he defire it, could inform him, of divers fuperftitious Ufages of that Church, about which the Quakers have a Controverfy with her, which he has not touch'd upon.
He goes on, p. 10. •And that it might be the better fuited to the meaneft Capacity, he fays, he has put it into the Form of a plain • Conference.' Which is no good Reason for his writing in a Method most adapted for Sophiftry, whereby a Writer, in altering the Form of Men's Expreffions, may eafieft impofe on the Reader his own Senfe instead of theirs, and therefore justly held by Controverfial Writers mean and unfair.
AND indeed, he fays, it has not been the leaft Part of his Labour, very often to find