, as well as to the part he took in the struggle at Salters'-hall, that an attempt was made to defeat his election for Berwick, in 1722, by raising against him the cry of Arianism.
This cry is referred to in the following remarkable passage by Mr. Bennet, of Newcastle, in the dedication of one of his works to Lord Barrington:—I speak not this from an apprehension that your lordship has any opinions in religion that render you obnoxious, or that you need be shy of owning on proper occasions.
Ire assuming and dangerous.
But when we carry the minister into politics, and are for making our own opinions and dictates not only the test of other people's orthodoxy, but their qualification for a civil trust, the usurpation is still worse.
Bennet's Memorial of the Reformation, chiefly in England; as quoted in the very interesting and valuable Historical Proofs and Illustrations of the Hewley case, when brought by appeal before the House of Lords.
In the following year (1723), a very u
ch is well known to have characterized both the academical institutions with which for some years he was successively connected; and which stand out in this respect as honourable exceptions from the plan on which other establishments under similar auspices have most commonly been conducted.
Mr. Clark was descended from a family which in all its generations had been honourably connected with the history of religious liberty and Protestant dissent.
His remote ancestor, Mr. Samuel Clark, of Bennet-Fink, in the City of London, was ejected from his living on the memorable day of St. Bartholomew, 1662, and was followed in the same honourable testimony by two sons, Samuel, Rector of Grendon, in Buckinghamshire, and John, Rector of Codgrave, in Nottinghamshire.
The former of these was the author of the well-known Annotations on the Bible.
His grandson, Dr. Samuel Clark, was minister at St. Albans, and a man of great worth, eminence, and piety.
He is remembered as having been the early p