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Chagrin to observe; that the main Principles with which he set out, are supported by Learning and Good Sence, every way Superiour to bis Oivn.
I may venture to say for my self, that no Man in the World is more devoted 10 the Service of the Protestant Cause and Interest; But I am sensible I could not, on this Account, have hop?d for that Regard my Writings have met vith, had I not been so Happy as to be on the same Side with some of the best Writers of the Age.
As to the Essay way of Writing, which I am fallen into, 'tis encourag'd, both by the Opinion of some of the Beli Fudges, and the Demands made from several Parts of the Country, as well as the City, now for Two Years..I shall only add further, concerning the Papers here collected, that I hope the: Vjefulness of the Arguments, and Variety of the Matter, will afford a Profitable Entertainment to such as read with Candour; and, in the great Instances at first proposed, may be ferviceable to promote the Good of Mankind. The Author must here, once for all
, request of his Readers, that they will excuse the many Errors of the Press.
In his Case they are unavoidable. His Resolution to remain una known, has oblig’d him sometimes to trust bis Papers to the Correction of those, to whom it might beft suit the Publisher's Convenis ence to send them. And sometimes, not ha
his Friends and Correspondents have writ, He has been forc’d to send at the same time, such very different Hands to the Press
, as serves to make some Apology for the Printer as well as Himself
. But He has also been oblig?d to employ several Printers; some of which have done their Part much better than others : Thom He has all along been willing to bear with many Things in Them, rather than discover Himself.
Tbose Letters which now lie by the Author, particularly One from Norwich, and Another from Exeter, shall have a due "Regard sheron to them, as soon as a proper Occasion offers. And those of my Correspondents who are willing to serve the Publick, by contributing any
render Themselves Considerable, whilst they allow Me to lie conceald, may expect all the Reputation this paper is capable of giving them. To this I cannot for'bear adding, Tho' I do not think my own Name of any great Importance, yet I should think it an Ornament to these Essays to have had the Liberty of inserting some other Names to which I am indebted. However, this I
. Swall still take Care of, to oblige. All those who are pleas’d to communicate any Thing that may Serve my Design (according to my first Advera tisement) by following their own Directions.
A Table of the Contents of the
First and Second Volumes
ture of Bigotry, p. 3. Whence it proceeds, p. 46
Instances, in which it is express’d, p. 5,- 12. Great evil of it, p. 12-14. Remedies againft it, p. 15, 16. Excellence of the opposite Temper, p. 17, 18.
Numb. II. The Character of a Protestant. False Pretenders to the Name, p. 5. Rise of the Name, p. 6, 7. Principles of the first Protefters, p. 8. How the Name came to be derived to others, p. 9. Description of a Proteftant, p. 10. His proper Prin. ciples, p. 10,--15. Chilling worth's Account of the Religion of Proteftants, p. 15,-17. Opposition to Popery but an accidental Part of his Character; his Principles disclaim any thing analogous in Proteftant, p. 17,
-20. The Advantage which would ensue on Proteftant Principles prevailing, p. 21, 22. Numb. III.- Protestant Principles concerning Civil
Government, &c. On what Occasions these were declared, p..4.. What they were with respect to the Papal Incroachments on Civil Power, p. 5. What with respect to them who de. nied the Lawfulness of Civil Power, p. 6, 7. What with respect to Governments which perfecuted the Re..
formation, p. 8. Their Expreffions on these Occasions not to be train'd beyond their Design and Argument, P. 9, 10.
Difturbances in Germany at the Reformation, proceeded from Enthusiasm, or State Grievances, and were oppos'd by the most considerable Protestants, p.
Civil War in England occasion d by State-Grievances, p. 18,-20. Warmth of Dispute about Church-Government owing to illegal Proceedings of Laud, p. 21, 22, When it became a Rebellion, all wife Men, particular, ly the Presbyterians, declared their Abhorrence of it, B. 23, 24.
Supplement to Numb. III, Power of deposing Kings, a Doctrine of Popery, p. 2, 3. King George has as good a Title to the Alle, giance of the Subject, as King Charles the firft, p. 4, -6. Rebellion against His present Majesty aggravated beyond that againft King Charles, p. 7, 8. Numb. IV. An Expedient for Peace among all Protestants.
The Proteftant Temper, joined with Proteftant Principles, the Remedy of all our Disorders, p. 4. A Draught of that Temper and those Principles, with their Consequences, p. 4, 5. The proper Establish, ment of the Protestant Religion, p. 5, 6. The Ene, mies of such an Establishment, p. 6, 7.
Impartial Liberty, with Respect to private Persons, one to another, enjoin'd in Scripture, p. 7, 8. With Respect to the Publick in Church and State, P. 9, Church and State diftinct Societies. Mischief of con. founding them, ibid.
Business of the Magistrate to take care of the Publick Peace; p. 10. Who have no Right to a Tolera. tion, p. 11,
15. Who have, p. 16. Care of Souls, or Choice of Mens Religion for them, neither given to the Magistrate by God, nor vested in himn by the People, p. 16,-19. Absurdity of using outward Force in Matters of Religion, p. 19, 20.
Mischiess of it, po ??, ??
Numb. V. The Excellence of Vertue appearing in a
Publick Character. Man to be consider'd both as a Moral Agent, and as a Social Creature, p. 4, 5. The Odiousness of Vice, and Amiableness of Vertue in private Life, p. 5,----8. Both much more conspicuous, and of a more extenfive Influence in a Publick Character, especially in Go. vernors, p. 9. The ill Effect of Vice in Princes, both
, to themselves and Subjects, P. 10,-18. A Representation of the Vertues of Prudence, Justice, Gratitude, Temperance, Fortitude and Goodness in Governors, p. 18, -26. The Happiness of their Subjects: The Confidence it must give them at Home, and the Credit and Weight abroad, p. 27. The Insufficiency of other Ways for the Safety and Grandeur of Princes; by Military Power,' or Craft of Government, p. 28. This confirm'd by the History of the Roman Emperors, p. 29.
Numb. VI. The Danger of the Church considered. By the Church should be meant the Church of England as by Law established. Danger to this may be supposed to arife
From Infidels. Quære, Whether any Reason for this now? And, how far it is meant in the Cry? p. 3.-5.
From Papifts. Less Danger now than formerly from that Quarter, P.5. This not the Intention of the Clamour. The Papists and their Friends principally make it, p. 6. ''Tis chiefly against the best Friends of the Church, p. 7. It rose highest in the late Reign upon our Victories over the French; and produc'd all the Measures which almost delivered us up to Popery, at the end of that Reign, p. 7,13.
From Presbyterians. None to be apprehended from the Convocation-Presbyterians, p. 14. No Danger to the Church, should the Dissenters Incapacities be removed, p: 15, 19.
The Rise of the Clamour, from Lesley's 'Scheme of a Coalescence with the Gallican Church, p. 19,- 24,
Numb. VII. The Nature and Obligation of Oaths. How the Enemies of the Government have varied their Opinion of the Obligation of Oaths, p. 4. What