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about the time of Oliver Cromwel, is perhaps the only Piece of a Rabbi worth preserving; itabounds with variety of curious and entertaining Remarks, and discovers abundance of found sense and good reading.
The Discourse of the Eternity of Hell-Torments, is written, or suppos’d to be written, by one Mr. Richardson. His Opinion is commonly accounted Heterodox ; but the Arguments and Colours which he makes use of to support it, are very remarkable, discovering an ingenious Fear in himself, of the Eternity of those Torments which he'd fain disprove.
The two Sermons preach'd at Oxford by Robert Jones, D. D. one a Repetition, the other a Recantation Sermon, about the Year 1619. made formerly a great noise in the world. Mr. Cresly, who wrote in defence of the Church of Rome, against the Learned Dr. Stilling fleet, afterwards Bishop of Worcester, making a comparison between this Sermon and a Discourse of the Doctor's, proving the first Authors of the Contemplative Life, St. Bennet, St. Romualde, St. Francis, St. Dominic, &c. downright Fanaticks; gives this account of it: 'I have
heard, says he, that kind of Wit before, when • I was a young Student in Oxford, in a Repe'tition-Sermon to the University, which if Fan
cy be alone consider'd, far better deserv'd Applause (meaning than the Doctor's] where
! in the Preacher descanting upon the whole
Life of our Saviour, render'd him and his At• tendants, Men and Women, Objects of the ut
most Score and Aversion, as if they all of 'em • had been only a Pack of diffolute Vagabonds ' and Cheats. But presently the Preacher chan. ging his Stile, as became a Disciple of Christ, with such admirable Dexterity and Force of
Reason, answer'd all the Cavillations and In< vectives made before, that the loudly-repeated
Applause of his Hearers hinder’d him a good space from proceeding : Notwithstanding which, the grave Doctors and Governors of the University, tho much fatisfy'd with his
Abilitys, yet wisely considering that a peculant * Histrionical Stile, even in Objections, did not ' fit fo Sacred a Subject; and that it was not • lawful too naturally to personate a deriding • Jew; oblig'd the Preacher to a publick Re
cantation Sermon in the fame Pulpit the Sunday following:
My Lord Clarendon, in his Animadversions on this Answer of Mr. Cresly to Dr. Stilling fleet, and this place of it, agrees with him as to the Wit and Fancy of the Sermon, at which himself was likewise present, and the general Applause it met with ; but differs as to the Reasons of his being enjoin'd to make the Recantation Sermon, which his Lord ship says was on account of some unwary and indecent Expressions in it againft the then sitting Parliament. 'Tis further remarkable, that my Lord Clarendon, who
says he heard this Sermon, affirms 'twas preach'd by one Mr. Lushington, and not by Dr. Robert Fones, under whose Aame it now goes.
The Account of the new Sext of Latitude-Men at Cambridge, just after the Restoration, is conLiderable, as it shews the first Rise of that Party which were afterwards calld Latitudinarians, and are at this day our Low Churchmen. The particular Persons defcrib'd' and Dindicated in this account, may be easily known, by inquiring which of our late Great Men in the Church were bred at that University ; such as Dr. T. Dr. B. &c.
As to the two remaining Discourses, which close this Volume, one of the Reasonableness of Mens having 4 Religion, by the late Duke of Buckingham; the other of Human Reason by Matthew Clifford, Esq; late Master of the Charterhouse : These Names, and the establish'd Reputation of the Works, render all Recome mendation needless.
We shall add no more, only renew our Request to all Gentlemen, who have any scarce or valuable Pieces by 'em, whether in Print or Manuscript, That they wou'd be pleas’d to impart 'em for the Benefit of the Publick, or give the Undertakers notice by a Line to Fellows's Coffee-House in Aldersgate-ftreet, where they may be waited upon.
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