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mon to all Men; the ungrateful Return he met with for all his Labours and useful Discoveries; and the mean unmanly perfonal Abufes from fome, whofe Stations called for more decent Language; and the affected Contempt of his Writings, from almost all the then great Men, would have exafperated others as well as him. And tho' he has proved those whom he has fixed fome Titles to (which it is thought is by Patent, fine Die) did well deferve them, having been embarked in a Defign to deftroy all the Remains of Learning and Religion among us, yet do they complain as much as if they had no Right to them. It is true any Man may call Names; and he and they have called each other fo; but he has proved that they deserved theirs; but he is dead and gone, and fo are fome of them; and if the Survivors, or Succeffors, of them we refer to,
will with Candour examine his Difcoveries, object and publish fuch Objections, with their Names to them, they shall be treated with all that Refpect and Deference their Stations deferve; and with all that Mildness and Christian Benevolence they shall fet us an Example of.
What Hurt have his Writings done! What one Inconvenience hath accrued from reading them? All who have read them, have a great Efteem for the Sacred Scriptures; are induced to learn the original Language they were wrote in; on all Occafions fhew a Zeal for the great Truths of Chriftianity, and are enabled to give a Reafon of the Hope that is in them. Numbers of unlearned Mechanicks, not only those of the higher Clafs in the Trading Life, but many who live from Hand to Mouth, find Time to learn the Hebrew Language, (a Lan
guage in itself the fulleft, concifeft, and easiest learnt of any that is, or ever was, in Ufe,) and to fee for themfelves the Evidence of our Faith, which thro' the Ignorance of Hebrew, has been almoft difputed out of the World. What erroneous Principles has Mr Hutchinfon advanced! What one Article of our Faith has he oppofed ! Nay, what one Article has he not illuftrated, explained, and brought additional Proofs of? A Trinity in Unity; Three Perfons coequal and coeternal; the Covenant of Grace, made and sworn to by thefe Great Ones before the World was; the Coming forth of one of them to take our Nature upon him; of another to influence the Mind, and affift us against the Wiles of our invifible Enemy; the Meaning of the Titles and Offices afcribed to thefe great Perfons; the Manner of their performing their
Part; the Duty required of us on our Part; the Genius of the Hebrew Tongue, and Meaning of it, and the Hieroglyphicks described in it———The Fluid of the Air, and it's mechanical Agency, it's Trinity in Unity; the Manner of it's performing all the Operations of Nature, are what his Writings tend to the Proof and Illuftration of: And you will always find the highest Veneration and clofeft Attachment to the great Articles and Principles of our Religion in those who read his Writings. They may perhaps laugh at a Vacuum, and occult Qualities in Philofophy; and fometimes from a full Conviction of the direct Tendency of Modern Philofophy to Deism, Arianifm, and which is not much worse, Atheism, may exprefs themfelves with too much Warmth, nay, with Bitterness; which thofe, who cannot bear found Doc
trine, would not bear could they help it. The Light of Nature paffes indeed with us for an Ignis Fatuus; and they who fet it up for a Guide, as Men who know not what they are about; who are themselves deceived by Words, or would deceive others: Nature being no more than the Things that are created; or that Agency of the Air which forms Things, and which has no more Knowledge in itself than the Wheels of a Watch have. Reason is but the Capacity of the Soul to know; no more in the Soul, than the Eye in the Body, hath no Light in itself; but the Light of Revelation we look on as fufficient to guide us into all Truth. The De-. monstration of the Being and Attributes of God by a Parcel of Words, called Metaphyficks, we look on as prefumptuous in the Attempt, the being wifer than God, or, wife above what is written and the Argument, as hitherto