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Letter from Archbishop Tillotson to Dr. Mapletof-r

Canterbury, Sept. 8, 168J. Deare Sir,

IT hath grieved me extremely for the loss of that worthy man and my good friend Dr. Burton* but God's will is alwayes best. None should be more glad than myselfe to see Dr. Mapletost well placed in the Church, because I know he will be both of great use and an ornament to it; but I believe the Deane is already engaged, though I know not to whom : for he wrote to me the very day Dr. Burton dyed, to desire me not to engage myselfe to any, in which I could not refuse to comply with him, since he was pleased the last time to bestow it at my request. However 1 have proposed Dr. Mapletost to him, as a person whom I should be glad to have brought into the Church. My wise and daughter present their hearty service to yourselfe and Mrs. Blomer, to whom I intreat you to give mine.

I am,
Your most faithful Friend
and Servant,

the common translation of the bible. We are of opinon that the doctrine of the Trinity is plainly marked in the Mosaic History of the Creation; but we do not think that the orthodox doctrine of the personality and divinity of the Holy Spirit is at all affected by rendering DTibx rm "a mighty wind." So it is in the Samaritan version, and in the Chaldee paraphrase, and so it has been read by many orthodox expositors, antient and modern.

* Dr. Hezekiah Burton, chaplain to Sir Orlando Bridgman, lord-keeper, by whom he was presented to a prebend of Norwich in 1667, and to the rectory of St. George's Southwark, which he resigned after being presented to that of Barnes, in Surrey. It was this last living for which application was made in behalf of Dr. Mapletost, to Dr. Siiliingflect, then dean of St. Paul's. Archbishop Tillotson published the sermons of his friend Dr. Burton, of whom in the preface he gives a high, and deserved character for his eminent piety and prudence in difficult times.

Anecdote written by Bishop Attf.rbury, in a blank leaf pj Father Paul's Hi/lory of'the Council of Trent.

WHEN Dr. Duncomb was sick at Venice, father Fulgentio, with whom he was in the strictest intimacy, visited him, and finding him under great uneasiness of mind as well as body, pressed him to disclose the reason of it, asking him amongst other things, whether any nobleman under his care had miscarried, or his bills of return had failed him, offering him in this latter cafe, what credit he pleased at Venice. After many such questions and negative answers, Dr. Duncomb was at last prevailed with to own his uneasiness, and give this true account ot it to the father. He said, he had often begged of God, that he might end his life where he might have opportunity of receiving the blessed sacrament according to the rites and usages of the Church of England; fhat considering he spent his life in travelling chiefly through popish countries, this was a happiness he could never reasonably promise himself, and that his present despair of it in the dangerous condition he was in, was the true occasion of that dejection which father Fulgentio observed in him. Upon this the father bid him be of good cheer; told him he had an Italian translation of the English liturgy, and would come the next day with one or two more of his convent, and administer it to him in both kinds, and exaftly according to the English usage: and what he promised he performed. The next day Dr. Duncomb received it from his hands, who outIrving his distemper and returning into England, told this story often to rrfy lord Hatton (captain Hatton's father) about the year 1660-61, 62. This I had from captain Hatton's mouth in the year 1696.

FR. ATTERBURY. 08. 21, 1709.

In March 1708-9, I met captain Hatton again, and put him in mind of this story, which I desired hin to repeat, and he did it without varying in any circumstance but one only, viz. that Fulgentio did not actually administer the sacrament to Dr. Duncomb, the doctor refusing tp accept a kindness of

that that dangerous nature, which might involve Fulgentio in trouble, unless he was in the utmost necessity; but recovering, from that time he made no use of Fulgentio's proffer. He added, that the father told Dr. Duncomb, that there were iiiil in the convent seven or eight of father Paul's disciples, who met sometimes privately to receive the sacrament in both kinds.



I BEG to offer to an old Correspondent my fense of his kindness, and my acknowledgments for his advice. With respect to the republication of Skelton's works, I am somewhat like the old man with his ass; studious to please all, I shall, unavoidably, displease some. I am inexpressibly solicitous to disseminate Skelton's utility; but if I Ihould be directed by your old Correspondent, I should, I fear, be, in the end, greatly disappointed. He wishes me, it should seem, to republish Skelton's Sermons,'his Deism Revealed, and a volume of his Tracts, making, at the least, fix volumes. No bookseller would, I believe, undertake such a publication; I therefore conclude the plan to be impracticable. I am aware that I shall have a great deal of trouble in compressing the substance of Deism Revealed, without weakening some of the arguments; but it must, I think, be universally allowed, that many parts of the Dialogues are merely introductory, often irrelevant, to the subject proposed; and in publishing the substance of it, I am acting by the advice of a prelate pre-eminently distinguished by learning and knowledge. I venture, with great deference and due respect, so far to oppose my own judgment to that of your old Correspondent, as to express my persuasion that some Essays in the Senilia will be esteemed peculiarly interesting; and for their republication, which, with the third volume of his Sermons, is now in the press, I anticipate with confidence • . the An JLJsay on our Saviour's Entry into Jerusalem. 351

the approbation of the learned, and the thanks of the good. The fame may be said of his Hylmena. I may, probably, give more satisfaction to your Correspondent by a private ktter, which I (hall be happy to do, if he will honor me with his address.

'Will you permit me, Mr. Editor, through the medium of your Magazine, to make my acknowledgments to one of your readers, who addressed me some time ago, in private letters, under the signature of Eboracensis; and to signify to him that I (hall write to him, and explain the cause of my apparent neglect, directing to him at the office from which his first Letter was sent?

I am Mr. Editor, Your very faithful Servant, Vicarage, Christ-Church, SAMUEL CLAPHAM. Hants, Nov. 11, 1807.

4n Essay on the several Prophecies concerning our bUJsed Saviour's triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.

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AS you have done me the honor to insert several Essays of my late father Dr. Thos. Comber, in your Magazine, which I hope have not been unacceptable to your readers, and in particular, An Essay on the Prophecy concerning Judah, in your Magazine for June, 1807, I have taken the liberty of sending you another Essay, by the same hand, in further illustration of apart of that prophecy, which I hope will meet the approbation of your numerous readers. I am, Sir, with the warmest withes for the success of your Miscellany,

Your faithful and obedient Servant,

TliOMAS COMBER. Cretchr Nov. 7, 1807.

Matt. Matt. xxi. 4, 5.

"All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Prophet, saying—Tell ye the Daughter of Sion, behold thy King cometh unto thee meek, and fitting upon an Ass, and a Colt, the Foal of an Ass."

ON reading an account in the gospels of this entry of our blessed Lord into Jerusalem, which our Church jultly styles. "triumphal," we must stand in pious astonishment at the evidence of God's wisdom and goodness in this event; since so many remarkable circumstances as are in it, lead- us to trace marks of both these divine attributes. Indeed in this event, as in all other very considerable ones, proofs of God's ■wisdom and goodness must be connected. For as infinite wisd#m can never fail of means to accomplish its ends, and God's goodness inclines him to promote the ultimate happiness ot mankind, we may reasonably expect to findth* clearest proofs of God's revelation of his will, when he gives mankind a rule of conduct and of life.—In short, the completion of the prophecies of Isaiah and Zechariah, in the triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, affords one of Oil clearcjl and Jlrortgeji proojs cj the divine original of our moji holy religion.

In the following Essay it will be attempted to shew, in the Jirjl place, that the prophecies of Isaiah, and still more those of ^echariah, of which the Evangelist St. Matthew gives a summary in the text, are so remarkable, that some extraordinary event must be designed to be foretold by them :—In the second place, that they appear to have been designed by God to be fulfilled in the person os the Messias:—In the third place, that such a fulfilling appears to have been the expectation of the Jewish people:—In the Jourth place, that if Jesus had not really been the Messias, his attempt.to enter Jerusalem in this manner, must, naturally speaking, have had consequences directly contrary to what folLowed. The whole will be concluded with a few practical reflections arising from the remarkable event now before us.

In the Jirjl place, to illustrate the first position laid down, let us recal to our recollection certain remarkable expressions in the prophecies referred to in the text. Isaiah expresses himself pretty nearly as the Evangelist in the text, viz.—

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