Mr. Emlyn's tracts, the greater part, of which have been enumerated in the preceding memoir, were collected and republished in two volumes, in 1746, with a life of the author by his son, Sollom Emlyn, Esq., who was bred to the legal profession, in which he attained considerable eminence.
Besides these, a posthumous volume was published of sermons, which are of a character to induce the judicious reader to wish that a more copious selection had been made.
Note.—Mr. W. Manning was one of the venerable two thousand whose names were immortalized in the recollection of all true lovers of religious liberty on Bartholomew's day, 1662.
He was ejected from Middleton, in the county of Suffolk.
In Palmer's Non-conformist's Memorial, he is described as a man of great abilities and learning, but he fell into the Socinian principles, to which he adhered till his death, which was in February, 1711.
Descendants of this gentleman are still respected members of several of our churches
tter with the Romanist, he finds it necessary immediately to desert his favourite ground of authority, and assume the position and weapons of the dissenter.
Then the talk is of free inquiry and the right of private judgment; then the words of Chillingworth are quoted, The Bible, and the Bible only, is the religion of Protestants; a principle which, as our author justly observes, if followed out consistently to its practical results, would have driven Chillingworth himself, and Hales, and Middleton, and many others who have resorted to it, to take up their lot with the dissenters.
The consequence is, that, as a controversialist, the churchman is continually placing himself in what may be called a false position, between two fires: the Papist reminds him of the high and lordly tone with which he asserts church-authority in his argument with the Dissenter, who, in his turn, points out to him the inevitable conclusion from the true Protestant principle which he himself advances in his