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LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER, PRELATE OFTHEGARTER,
AND ONE OF HIS MAJESTY’S PRIVY COUNCIL.
IF I should undertake to enumerate the many famours and 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.
My friendship with the first was begun almost forty years past, when I was as far from a thought, as a desire to out-live him ; and farther from an intention to write his Life : But the wise Disposer of all men's lives and actions hath prolonged the first, and now permitted the last; which is here dedicated to your Lordlip (and as it ought to be) with all humility, and a desire that it may remain as a public testimony of my. gratitude.
a Mr. Isaac Walton was honoured with the friendship of Mr. Chillingworth, the glory of his age and nation. This menorable inan, who, with Lord Falkland, was proverbially celebrated at Oxford for his clear and! acute reasoning, found bimself so bewildered in the mazes of controversy, that he became a convert to Ponery. From the errors of " Aa Infallible Church," the found argumentation of Dr. Laud, then Bishop of London, happily restored him. Of the effcct which the porural of his immortal work, “ The Religion of Proteftants a Sale Way to Salvation," wrought upon the mind of Ďr. Tilloifon, see Birch's Life of liat Prelate, p. 5.Of the death of Mi, Chillingworth, see " Kennet's Hift. of England," Vol. ill. ;, 144,