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To which is prefix 4 a Narra tive containing the occafon of the f aid Let* ter. In the clofe of that digreffion he fhcw d by what nice and unforefeen accidents this notorious impofture, as he calls it, happened to be difcover d; and from thence took occafion to make the fol lowing obfervation : " \VH E N I fcrioufly conftder, fays he (19), " how all this happened among ourfclves with- " in the compafs of forty years, in a time of " great Learning and Politenefs, when both " Parties fo narrowly watch d over one ano- " ther s adions, and what a great Revolution in 11 civil and religious Affairs was partly occa- < fion d by the credit of that Book, I ceafe to " wonder any longer how fo many fuppofiti- " tious pieces under the name of CHRIST, his " Apoftlcs, and other great Perfons, fhould be c publifhcd and approv d in thofe primitive f times, when it was of fo much importance ct to have em believ d 5 when the Cheats were <c too many on all fides for them to reproach <c one another, which yet they often did ; when <c Commerce was not near fo general as now, <c and the whole earth intirely over-fpread " with the darknefs of Superftition. xxix " concern d, and the decay of other Monu- " mcnts which might give true Information. OF SPRING BLACKALL, then Chaplain in ordi nary to the King, and afterwards Bifhop of Ex- ceter, in a Sermon preached on the 30 th of January following before the Houfe of Com mons. TOLAND with declaring that there \ 7 cue fede ral (ic") A Sermon prc.i.Lefore tie I y,:? was the true Author of Icon Bajtlike, in a Pam phlet printed in 1693, with this title: A Vindication of King CHARLES the Martyr^ proving that his Majefty was the Author of 1 lii KA/r Batfi Afjwj : againft a Memorandum,y2W to be written by the Earl of Angle fey ; and againft the Exceptions of T)r. BLACK ALL, who, tis probable, will " not think the more meanly of himfelf for " being unacquainted \vith thefe Pieces 5 nor, " if that were all, mould I be forward to think " the (21) That Catalogue enlarged and correfted, the Reader \vill find in this Collefthn t Vol. Thefe are generally recciv d in the " Church of Rome, and alio by moft Pro- " teftants 5 but thofe of the Church of Ens- o : land have particularly fignaliz d thcmfelves <: in their Defence, and by publifhing the cor- " rccleft Imprei Tlons of them. I ; or ho\x fhould I know L : what he meant by fnch Books, but by <c looking back, and feeing what Books he " had fpoken of before ? \ STAITK, ina Pamphlet caii d, ,/" // Vindication <? The third Edition, ^Jilh tiir-^ Additions ; together -jjitb fan" original Letters of King CHARLES the fir ft uiuur I is o-^n Hand, ve-vcr before printed, and fait I.} fully copied from the (aid Originals. P> AVI, I:, and i.s like\vile very angry with the Author of his I Afe (liib- join d to the Engliih Tranllation of his Re- fleflions upon the Comets, printed in 1709) tor obferving that in his Hiftorical and Cri tical Diciionarv, h c r e 1 at e s h i (1 o ; i c a 1 fa c 1 s \v i th xxxviii THE LIFE OF a perfcd diimtereftednefs and impartiality. But as he did not underftand Englifh, he had Ibme Abftrads made of it in Latin, and took his Additions from them ; and among others he gave an account of Icon Bafilike, agreeable to Mr. I was told, that as to both thelc " Parts * of his Apology, he has omitted no- <c thing that was neceffary to maintain the " full Evidence of his Proofs, and all the " ftrcngth they appcar d to have before any " one wrote againft them.

JOHN TOLAND, Now firit pubiifiul from his Original Manufcripts : \V I TH Some M E M C) I R S of his LIFE and \V KITING S. But it happened, by the created accident in the world, that I fell o ^ into the company ot a Gentleman, who had been intimately acquainted with Mr. FROM the School at " Re " Londonderry, he went in 1687 ro t ! at- ter three years flay there, he vifitcd the Uni- va-fity of Edinbur, where he was created Matter of Arts, on the ;oth of June 1690, and recciv d the uiual Diploma or Certificate from the Protclibrs. UNIVTRSIS & flngnlis ad qnos prtefentes Liters pcr- jc? Her Highncfs con- defcended to give him likewife the Pictures of herfelf, the Elector, the young Prince, and of her Majcily the Queen of Pruilia, done in oil colours. AVTON basgi-ucn his Inter eft in that Borough to /? 1 OLAND hath no thoughts of/landing there or any where el fe.

TOLAND S Death, I little cxpcftcd you \vou d ask me tor an A ccount of his Life ; and there fore in my next Letter, I dcfsr d you to eonfidcr * A z that iv THE LIFE OF that I was every way unqualified for a work of that nature : but your anfwcr was, that, as you concciv d the Life of an Author chiefly confuted in the Hiilory of his Books and Dif- putcs, with which any one might cailly make himfelf acquainted 5 you did not require more of me. This made me fufpecl, that you intended to try, whether my readinefs to oblige you, was anfwerable to the fcveral marks of friendfhip I had re ceived from you ; and therefore, without any further confederation, 1 rclolv d to comply with your requcft. ad, that the Proceedings of the li Parliament on this occafion are agreeable : to the Principles of Juihce and the ends of " all i^ood Government, as well as according to " the conftant pradiee of this Kingdom : And ic thirdly, to acquaint the Houfe of Hanover < with the true nature of their Title, and the " frame of that Government to which they " are like to fucceed ; what confidence our " People repofc in their Virtues from his " Majelty s Recommendation j how alive they <c may command the Love of their Subjects, " and when dead enjoy the Veneration of all c Poftcriry." *0 a THE iii THE LIFE OF THE King having fent the late Earl of MACCLFSFIELD to Hanover with the Act of Succeilion, Mr. He prelented his Anglia, Libera to her Electoral Highneis the Prmcels SOPHIA, and was (30) the lirft who had the honour of kneeling and killing her Hand on account of the Act of Succeilion. \Yhilc the Candidates were making intcrefl in their rcfpcc tive C ounties, Mr.

II E X, in the couvfe of our Cor- rclpondcncc, 1 lent you tlic nc\vs of Mr. ins; lc Difeourfe, \vhieh is \rittcn, hril, to con- : vincc our oxvn People of their future iafc- : ty aj Minil Popery and Arbitrary Power ; : and that his prelent Majdly has not only : made us a freer Nation than lie found us, ; but has alfo rais d our Liberty to a degree : learee to be exceeded by all his fucccffbrs: Secondly, to iliow all perlons both at home c and abrt? O N the i i th of November, a Proclamation was illucd out diilulvini: the prefent Parlia ment, and calling another to meet the }G th of December.

WAGSTAFFE, and the Anfwer to the direct Proofs alledg 4 by the Partisans of King " xl THE LITE OP iccnv d to him proper judges, that there was not much in it. BAYLE declares he did not underftand En_iifh, and was obliged to procure ibme Latin Abftracls of Mr. The fecond Edition of that Dictionary came out in the bcn.innincr of the year 1702, and Mr. So that in this fhort Para- c LTciph, \vc have abundant Evidences, not (C only of his Ne^lipenee, Partiality and Ma- " lice, but of his Unaccuratcncfs alio; eaeh 11 of which iits very heavy on his Character." THIS is a heinous Charge indeed, brought in with great confidence ; but you ll prelently fee that there is not the lead foundation for it. The two Prayers, he tranfcrib d out of that Tranflation, where in they arc let in two Parallel Columns; and in the margin he refers to the page where they are to be found, thus: MILTON, pag. Without fuch provocations as no " man ought to endure, this is my fix d rc- " folution ; and I particularly dcfirc that none " may blame me for acling otherwife, who ff force me to do fo thcmfclves." This he laid, I fuppofc, with rcfpect to the dilputcs he had been ingaged in. RMON undertakes that task, and tells him all the great and (ill-prizing things he can pa-form, even with rclpccl to religious matters : Nor Kill I here dcfifl : all Lwly Cheats Of all Religions [ball partake my Threats, Whether \L ith fable Go^ns they fieiv their Pride, Or under Cloaks their Knavery they hide, Or i^hatfot- er di/gm/e they chitfe to ^ear^ To gull the People, \zhile their Spoils they flare, &c.

WAGSTAFFE publim d fome " Obfervations, to weaken the Tcftimony of " rn > fc4) Pag. But it may be ask d why did he not give an account of Mr. Why, truly, bccatile he had it not, and \vas allured by pcrlbns, who * C 4 ieem d * That is to fay, the Anfwer to the Obje&ions of Mr. might have of his own performance, he ought not to expect- that Mr. E would enter into the bottom of that Contrevcrfy, without verifying his quotations, comparing the Arguments of both fides, and confcqucntly, having all the Pam phlets publi Vd on that occalicn tranflatcd in to Latin. WAGSTAFFE leave out of the aiorcfaid pafiagc, this material circuinilance, that Mr. In fhort, if he was fo tender on that point, why did he not fend him a Latin Tranilation of his two Pamphlets, to be made ufe of in the Supple ment of his Dictionary? TOLAND : plac d them there many years after MIL TON- : Death. BAVLE as grounding his aflertion upon the Eni^lifh Original of MILTON S Iconoclaftcs > whereas he made ufe of a French Tranflation of that Book, printed in 1652, by Du GARD, and he gives the title of it at large. He took for granted that this Transition was agreeable to the Original 3 and if he was mifled by the Tranflator, how could he help it ? WAGSTAFFE could over look all thefe particulars : and one might, I Jcar, retort his own words upon him, and obfervc that in this ft or t Paragraph we have abundant Evidences, not only of his Negli gence, Partiality, and Malice, but of his Unzccuratenefs alfo. This task properly belonged to the Author of his Life, as being more particularly con- ccrn d : but fmcc he hath thought fit to be filent, I was glad to mid this occafion to vin dicate fo great a Man as Mr. IN xliv THE LIFE OF I N the conclufion of the Life, he makes the following Declaration : " If I write, fays " he, any thing hereafter (either as oblig d " by duty, or to amufe idle time) I have dc- tc termin d it mail not concern pcrtbnal Dif- " putcs, or the narrow interefls of jarring " Factions, but fomcthing of univcrfal benc- " fit, and which all fides may indifferently " read.

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