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TO THE RIGHT REVEREND AND HONOURABLE
GEORGE LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER, PRELATE OF THE GARTER,
AND ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S PRIVY COUNCIL.
MY LORD, TF I should undertake to enumerate the many favours and I advantages I have had by my very long acquaintance with your Lordship, I should enter upon an employment that might prove as tedious as the collecting of the materials for this poor monument, which I have erected, and do dedicate to the memory of your beloved friend, Dr. Sanderson: But though I will not venture to do that, yet I do remember with pleasure, and remonstrate with gratitude, that your Lordship made me known to him, Mr. Chillingworth, and Dr. Hammond; men whose merits ought never to be forgotten.
a Mr. Isaac Walton was honoured with the friendship of Mr. Chillingworth, the glory of his age and nation. This memorable man, who, with Lord Falkland, was proverbially celebrated at Oxford for his clear and acute reasoning, found himself so bewildered in the mazes of controversy, that he became a convert to Popery. From the errors of “ An Infallible Church," the sound argumentation of Dr. Laud, then Bishop of London, happily restored him. Of the effect which the perusal of his immortal work, “ The Religion of Protestants a Safe Way to Salvation," wrought upon the mind of Dr. Tillotson, see Birch's Life of that prelate, p. 5.— Of the death of Mr. Chillingworth, see “ Kennet's Hift. of England," Vol. III. p. 144.