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sius's mind : “ Et ucro non aversabor Stoici nga men; sed Stoici Christiani : I have no objection to being called a Stoic so you prefix the word Christian to it."*
Here ended the first lesson: i. e. here ended the preface to the former edition of this tract. A tract, whose publication has raised the indignant quills of more than one Arminian porcupine.
Among those enraged porcupines, none has hitherto bristled up so fiercely as the high and mighty Mr. John Wesley. He even dipt his quills in the ink of forgery on the occasion; as Indians tinge the points of their arrows with poison, in hope of their doing more effectual execution. The quills, however, have reverberated, and with ample interest, on poor Mr. John's own pate. He felt the unexpected pain, and he has squeaked accordinglyI will not here add to the well deserved chastisement he has received: which, from more than one quarter, has been such, as will probably keep him sore, while his surname begins with W. Let him, for his own sake, learn, as becomes a very sore man, to lie still. Rest may do him good : motion will but add to his fever, by irritating his humours already too peccant. Predestination is a stone, by rashly falling on which, he has more than once been lamentably broken. I wish him to take heed, in
* Oper. tom. i. Def. Posthum. cap. ii. p. 118.
due season, lest that stone at length fall on him. For, notwithstanding all his delinquencies, I would still have him avoid, if possible, the catastrophe of being ground to powder.
SOME ACCOUNT OF
It has been asserted,* that this great divine was born at Alzano, a town of Italy, situate in the valley of Seri, or Serio. But the learned John Sturmius, who was not only Zanchy's contemporary, but one of his most intimate friends, expressly affirms in a *speech delivered on a public and important occasion, That he was nobili natus familia Bergami; born of an illustrious family at Bergamo, the capital of a little province in the north-west of Italy, anciently a part of Gallia Cispadana ; but A. D. 1428, made a parcel of the Venetian territory, as it still continues. I look upon Sturmius's testimony as
* Melch. Adam Vit. Theolog. Exterior. p. 148. and Bayle's Hist. Dict. under the article Zanchius.
+ Addressed by Sturmius, to the senate of Stratsburg, March 20, 1562. and inserted afterwards into the works of Zanchy, Tom. vii. part 2. col. 40%.
# Complete Syst. of Goog. vol. 1. p. 843.
decisive : it being hardly credible, that he could mistake the native place of a colleague, whom he so highly valued, who was living at the very time, and with whom he had opportunity of conversing daily. Sturmius adds, That there was then remaining at Bergamo, a fortress (built probably by some of Zanchy's ancestors) known by the name of The Zanchian Tower.
In this city was our author born, Feb. 2, 1516. At the time of his birth, part of the public service, then performing, was, a light to lighten the Gentiles, &c. And by God's good providence the reformation broke forth the very next year in Germany, under the auspices of Luther; and began to spread far and wide.
At the age of twelve years, Zanchy lost his father, * who died of the plague, A. D. 1528. His mothert survived her husband but three years. Deprived thus of both his parents, Zanchy resolved on a monastic life ; and accordingly, joined himself to a society of Canons Regular. He did this partly to improve himself in literature, and partly for the sake of being with some of his relations, who had before entered: themselves of that house. Here he continued
Francis Zanchius; who seems to have been a native of Venice, and was by profession a counsellor. + Barbara ; sister to Marc Antony Mutius, a bleman of worth and distinction.
ucca. See the Biogr. Dict. vol. Füü. p. 267, under Peter Martyr.