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Love of Truth in his way.

169 The Letter sent to the Lady.

169, 170, 171 The D's Answer. First he condoles with her, then treats

of Sanctification, and the Steps leading to it; viz. Faith, Hope, and Charity, &c.

171, 172 Secondly, hews that what her Seducer calls Truth in their

way, is Error in Doétrine, Worship, and Government. 172 Trent-Doctrines not of God.

ibid. The Afflictions befalin her rather to be attributed to her heark’ning so long to her Adversary

173 A ministerial Mission not absolutely necessary to Faith and Conversion.

174 Private Persons have wrought Saving Faith in Unbelievers.

ibid. 'Tis true that the ordinary way of working Faith, is by the

preaching of those who are sent mediately or immediately by God.

175 That Preachers in all Ages have been fent about the World

to preach the Gospel only by St. Peter, and his Succeffors, as the Vicars of Jesus Christ, is falfe in Falt, and contrary * to the Doctrine of ibe ancient Fathers.

ibid. 176 The Church of Smyrna derives its Succession from St. John.

ibid: Inštances in several others. He challenges the Seducer to disprove his Authorities. 178 St. Paul equal to St. Peter in the Apoftolical Office.

-179 The same Authority which was given to St. Peter, was likewise , given to all the other Apostles.

ibid. 180 This the Seducer, if he's vers d' in the Ecclefiaffical Writings, knows to be true.

ibid. Challeng’d to disprove it.

181 The Seducer's Assertion, that our sending and preaching is

by Act of Parliament, and that we call this Sent, is é Cao lumny,

ibid. Often refuted by our Writers.

ibid. The Lady deford to ask him a Question.

182 Supposing our Sending and Milion were as the Seducer says

the Lady ought not to go to the Church of Roine ; because the Defects of the one will not justify the Corruptions of the

other. What ought to be done in such a Cafe.

181 The Seducer's Confidence in Saying , That Protestants muf

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177

ibid. 183

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BOUT the beginning of November 1707, a Gentleman of my Acquaintance came to me to tell me, that a good Lady was come

to Town, who had been sometime known to him, and lodg’d at his House in Covent-Garden i but that by a Letter from a Clergy-man in the Country, from whence the came, as well as by some things her Ladyship now and then spoke, he perceived she was inclin'd to go over to the Church of Rome, and fear'd she would be effectually perwerted, if some timely Means were not used to prevent her unhappy change of Religion, and thereupon desired me to let him introduce me to her Acquaintance, that I might discourse with her in order to resettle her wavering Mind, which he imagined happen'd to be unsettled by the Conversation she had in the Country with a neighbouring Gentleman of the Roman Communion; who was himself a Person of great Parts and Learning, and at whose House she must often meet with Roman Catholicks of all Ranks, and among others always with their Priests. This account of the Lady invited me to ask him fome Questions about her, by his Answers to which, and by the Clergy-man's Letter he shewed me, I perceived she had long conversed in matters of Religion with them, and received all the Impressions against the Church of England, which the zealous Gentlemen and Ladies, as well as the Glergy of the Church of Rome, always endeavour

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to make upon the Minds of our People; especially upon the Easy and Credulous, who hearken to all their Arguments time after time, and yet neglect to communicate them to our learned Divines, who are able to fhew the Fallacies and Weakness of them, and detect their fine, but false pretensions to Antiquity, which this Lady was inclin'd to believe, particularly that precarious, vain and arrogant Pretension of their Church, of being the one Holy Catholick and Apoftolick Church. ceived to be the Case of this good Lady, who was so unhappy as to trust her felf alone among the Adversaries of our Religion, and to lend an open Ear to every thing they are wont to say for their own, or against the Church of England and the Reformation, without imparting what she heard Time after Time to learned Men, or desiring any Conference betwixt our Divines and theirs, till by degrees she had acquired a great Esteem and Veneration for the Church of Rome, and a fufpicion joined with a mean, if not ill Opinion of the Church of England, and every thing that belongs to it; and as it appears from her

following Letters, was really become more than half theirs. The former Experiences. I have had of Women, who had thus ensnar'd themselves, made me unwilling, at my Friend's Request, to have any Conference with her Ladyship, because I feared it was too late to do her any good. But my Friend continued his importunity, desiring me to comer and dine with her Ladyship, that I might. have an opportunity to observe her, and then judge whether I thought her so far gone, as not to be reduced. At Dinner several Expressions fell from her Ladyship, by which I perceived she was poffelled with great Prejudice against the Church of England. She asked me if we had not our Faith from the Church of Rome, and if we had, how we came to leave it? I answered, That part of our English Sexon Ancestors, which was indeed the

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