d him of his seat in parliament, Lord Barrington seems to have taken no further active part in public business; but lived chiefly in retirement, occupying himself, for the most part, with those literary and theological pursuits in which he was so well versed, and in which he appears to have taken great delight.
He was, however, prevailed on,
Townsend, p. XXIV. contrary to his inclination, and in apparent prejudice to his health and affairs, to become a candidate at the general election in 1727, and might have been chosen, if his principles would have permitted him to give a bribe of forty pounds; but he had too strict a regard for the interest of his country to countenance corruption, and trifle with the sacredness of oaths.
He died at Becket, his seat in Berkshire, after an illness of only seven hours, on the 14th of December, 1734, in the fifty-sixth year of his age.
As a theological writer, Lord Barrington is certainly entitled to stand high.
His learning was correct and ex
and force of statement, which rendered him a very formidable opponent.
Though not in general displaying in any offensive form the asperity from which so few writers on controversial theology are free, nor disgraced by the unworthy personalities too often substituted in the place of argument, they are frequently remarkable for a keenness of sarcasm, and an authoritative uncompromising dogmatism, proceeding from a consciousness of his own superiority, which he is at no pains to conceal.
In 1727, Mr. Chandler published Reflections on the Conduct of the modern Deists in their late Writings against Christianity, &c.; occasioned chiefly by two Books, entitled A Discourse of the Grounds and Reasons, &c.
and The scheme of literal Prophecy considered.
In the following year appeared, in answer to the objections of the same writer, A Vindication of the Antiquity and Authority of Daniel's Prophecies.
Mr. Chandler, in common with almost all the liberal theologians of his day, was deepl
Under the influence of this mode of instruction, young Fleming, though brought up a Calvinist, soon parted with the principles instilled by his early education.
What his original destination was, or whether this change in his theological views led to any alteration of it, we have now no means of ascertaining; but it appears that, after leaving Mr. Hardy, he was, for several years, engaged in some secular business at Nottingham, possibly his father's trade, till, in the year 1727, he removed to London.
In the mean time, he had married the daughter of Mr. John Harris, of Harstaff, in Derbyshire, by whom he had a family of ten children, one only of whom survived him. In London he became intimate with Mr. Holt, who was many years afterwards mathematical tutor at Warrington.
From this friend he received assistance and encouragement in his studies, and acquired further improvement in classical literature, as well as an acquaintance with the Hebrew language.
unrevealed or disputable points.
Suppose a person should not speak with exact propriety concerning the manner of Christ's existence, a point so much above our reach, yet if he loves him, trusts in him, and sincerely obeys him, what harm does religion suffer by it?
But I need not enlarge upon this to you, who are so well instructed in the unreasonableness of bigotry to a set of speculative notions.
Biographia Britannica, art. Doddridge.
Mr. Samuel Clark, son of Dr. Clark, was born in 1727, and in 1745 was sent to the academy at Northampton, where he improved his opportunities with so much diligence and success, that, in 1750, when Dr. Doddridge was obliged to abandon his laborious duties, and seek for health in a warmer climate, he entrusted Mr. Clark, at the early age of twenty-three, with the charge not only of his academy, but of his congregation.
This circumstance is a remarkable indication of the liberal turn of Doddridge's truly Christian and candid mind; for he could