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the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, John Biddle (search)
copy of this paper fell into the hands of the parliamentary committee, at that time sitting at Gloucester, by whom the author was committed (Dec. 2, 1645) to the common gaol, till the parliament, whics labouring at the time under a dangerous fever. From this confinement, however, a friend at Gloucester had influence enough to procure his enlargement, by giving security for his appearance when itut six months, he was visited by the celebrated Archbishop Usher, who happened to pass through Gloucester, and, hearing of his case, endeavoured to convince him of his error, but without success. Indeasonable supply to him, as he had by this time exhausted whatever funds he had accumulated at Gloucester in the expenses which his long confinement and other persecutions had occasioned. The name ofdon merchant, and the associate and intimate friend of Archbishop Tillotson, Fowler, Bishop of Gloucester, and others of the most distinguished men of his time. In his private intercourse with these
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, Thomas Emlyn (search)
selves! Are these the venerable mysteries of Christianity? of which I find not one word in holy writ; and therefore they must answer for the shame done to Christianity hereby, who have dared by such strained artifices to distort and abuse holy scripture, that they may impose these violent absurdities upon the gospel. In 1707 our author printed two tracts; one entitled The Supreme Deity of God the Father demonstrated, against Dr. Sherlock; and the other A Vindication of the Bishop of Gloucester (Dr. Fowler) from the Charge of Heresy brought against him by Dr. Sherlock. In these tracts, which are written with great smartness, he very dexterously sets against each other the two opposite parties of Trinitarians, sometimes called the Realists and the Nominalists, who were at that time engaged in a very animated controversy, and who carried matters to such a length that it would seem as if each party was worse in the estimation of the other than even the Socinians were in that of eit
the Rev. W. Turner , Jun. , MA., Lives of the eminent Unitarians, George Benson (search)
ess of spirit are out of countenance; when we breathe the benign and comfortable air of liberty and toleration; and the teachers of our common religion make it their business to extend its essential influence, and join in supporting its true interest and honour. No times ever called more loudly upon Protestants for zeal, and unity, and charity. I am, Rev. Sir, your assured friend, Thomas Cantuar. Another letter, in the same spirit, from the author's namesake, Dr. Benson, Bishop of Gloucester, is given by Dr. Amory, and is inserted here, as illustrating the sort of intercourse which was then permitted between church dignitaries and dissenting ministers of eminence. Berry Street, Westminster, Jan. 10, 1749. Sir,—I received, at my coming to town upon Saturday last, what you are pleased to style a small, but must allow me to esteem a very valuable, present,—your Paraphrase and Notes on the seven Catholic Epistles. I have not yet had time to peruse them; but I could not, til