Weekly Miscellany, November 10, 1733

Weekly Miscellany

November 10, 1733

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Weekly Miscellany (Newspaper) - November 10, 1733, London, Middlesex eeklv Mifce By R ICHARD HOOKER, of the Temple, Efq; S a t u r D a Yj November io. i73^i To J^i/jor of the "Weeklt Miscellany. iT is a frequent Vrx^ice with your Brother Journalifis, when they meet with any Paffage in an Author which is remarkably excellent, or particularly adapted to their Purpofe, to transcribe it for their own Ufe. In the Year -----_ _ 1708 was publiflicd, by a very judicious and ingenious Writer, a Piece mtitlcd, The Sentiments of a Church of England Man iviih refpcH to Religion and Government. As many of your Readers may not have feen, or may have forgotten it, I defire you would give the following Pafl'agc a Place in your Paper. The Seafonablenefs of the flatter contained in it will appear without any Remarks, and therefore I have lent it without farther Preface. Ic runs as follows: \ * To go on with the Sentiments of a. Church of \ � 'England Man : He does not fee how that mighty ' * PaiHon for the Church which fomc Mea pretend, 'can well confill with thofe Indignities and that � Contempt they beftow on the Perfons of the Clergy. � 'Tis a llrange Mark whereby to diflinguiih Hipb � Church-inen, Aat they are fuch who imagine * the Clergy can never be too Low. He thinks the ^ � Maraathfifc Gentlctnen arc fo fond of, that they � are for an humble Clergy, is a very good oue ; '\ � and fo is he, and for an humble Laity too, Cw.cc � Hutaility is a Virtue that perhaps equally benefits �, and adorns every. Station cf Life. tTnherJtties as poifoned Fountains, and Corruptcis "of Youth. � Now it fecms clear to me that the Whi^^s might *-eafily have procured and maintained a Majority � among the Clergy, and perhaps in the Umverfi- * tics, if they had not too touch encouraged or con- * nived at this Intemperance of Speech, and Viru* lence of Pen, in the worftand moft proftitute of ^ their Party i apiong whofti>^|k^im .ijlftt^ been for � fomc Years 'pjrft fuch a perpetual Clamour againl^ � the Aoibititwi, the iD>p acabls Tciliper, and the * CowtpufrieXs of the PWe/fjbW . Such a Cant of * Hfgh-Chunh, and Perfccution, and being Prieji^ * thddeii ; fo many Reproaches about Narrcrj} Frin^ , * c'l^lesy or Terms of Communion : Then &ch fcanr dalous Hefledions on the Univeffities, far infcl5^-* ing the Youth of the Nation with Arbitrary and �-�^ijcfliiftf Principles, that it was natural for-thofe c who liad the Care of Religion and E^ucktioaj to apprehend fome general Defign of altering the Conftitution of both. And all this was the more extraordinary, bccaufe ic could not eallly be forgot, that whatever Oppoficion was made to the Ufurpations of King James, proceeded altogether from the Church of England, and chieflv, from the Clergy, and the two Univcrfities. For, if it were of any ufe to recal Matters of Faft, tvhat is more notorious than the Prince's applying him-felf firil te the Church of England, and upon their RefifTal to fall in with his Meafures, making the like Advances to the Lijfenters of all -Kinds, who readily and almoft univerfally complied with him, affefting in their numerous AddreiTes- and Pamphlets, the Style of Our Brethren the Roman Ca-thoiicks, whofe Interefls they put on the fame Foot with their own ; and fome of Cromivell's Officers took Pofts in the Army raifed agamft the Prince of Orange. Thefe Proceedings of theirs they can only extenuate by urging the Provocations they had met from the Church in King Charleys Reign, which tho' perhaps excufable upon the Score of Human Infirmity, are not by any Means a Plea of Merit equal to the Conftancy and Sufferings of the Bifhops and Clergy, or of the Head and Fellows of M.igd.7!enCo\\cs,c, tliat furnifhed the Prince of Orange's Declaration with fuch powerful Argu-monts to juftify and promote the Revolution. ' Tbcrcfore a Church of England Man abhors the Humour of the Age in delighting to fling Scandals upon the Clergy in general j which befidcs the Difgrace to the Refoimation, and to Religion it-fclf, cads an Ignominy upon the Kiugdom that ic doth not defcrve. We. hAve no better Material CO compound tJie Priellhood''olV . than the Mafs of Miukiiul, which, corrupted as it is, thofe who receive Orders muft have fome Vices to leave behind them when they enter into the Church, and if a few do ftill adhere, ic is no Wonderj but ra-tlicr a great one that they are no worfc. Therefore he cannot think Ambition or Love of Fo^xer more jufily laid to their Charge than to other Men, bccaule, tliac would be to make Religion itfelf, or at leail the beft Conflitucioa of Church Government, anfiverable for thd Errors and Depravity cf Human Nature. ' Within thefe laft two Hundred Years all forts of Temporal Power hath been wrefied from the Clergy, and much of their Ecclellaflical ; tlie Reafon or juilice of which Proceeding I /liall not examine ; but, that the Remedies were a little too violent With refpeft to their Poffcffions, the Legifl.iture hath lately confcfTed by the Rcmiilion of their Firfi-Frlilts. Neither do the common Libellers dcniy this, who in their-Inveftives only tax the Church \vith an unflitiable Defire of Power and Wealth ^equally common to all Bodies of Men as well as Individuals) but thank God, that the Laws have deprived them of. However, iit is worth obfervino the ^iH^^f^ Parties : The Seds auvong us ar<3 ape to iomplain, and think it hard Ufage.to be reproached now after .fifty Years for .oyerturnigg the State, for the Murder of a King, and the Indignity of a Ufurpation ; yet chefe very Men And their Partifans are continually reproaching the Cllergy, and laying to their Charge the Pride, the Avarice, the Luxury, the Ignorance, * and Superflicion of Fopifh Times for a thoufani ' Years paft". ' He thinks it a Scandal to Government that fuclx ' an unlimited Liberty fhould be allowed of publife-� ino Books againft thofe Dodrines in Religion^ ' wherein all Chriftians have agreed ; much more ' to connive at fuch Trads as rejcd all Ravelation^ ' and by their Confequences often deny the ver/ ' Being of a God. Surely 'tis not a fufficient Atone-� ment for the Writers, that they profeft much ' Loyalty to the prefent Government and iprinklc ' up and down fome Arguments in favour of the Dif-' /enters ; chat they difpute as ftrenuoufly as they ' can for Liberty of Cortfcience, and inveigh largely ' againfl all Eccleliafticks under the Name of High' ' Church \ and, in fliorc, under the Shelter of foiflc ' popnlar Principles in Politicks and Religion, ua-' dermine the Foundations of all Piety and Virtue. � This is the Author's (who was well acquainted with the World j Reprefentation of the Difpofition of the Nation at chat Time, towards iht Clergy aad ReVigion^ ;ind, t am afraid, the Minds of the People are -nor � noiu better affefted towards them. Their Principles do noc feem to be much mended, and the Refentments df many are much flronger. We are unhappily di-vided^ into Parties, ading in dired Oppofition to one another, with the utmoft Zeal and Fury. An ill Opinion of each other is the natural Efled of fol hot a Conreh. t fhall not take upon me, to vindicate, or condemn, tlie Condud of the Clergy whd have adhered to the Meafures of either Party. This is beyond the Defign of your Paper, which has profefs'd a perfed Neutrality between theni. It, is more pertinent to your Purpofe to take Notice of the tjnreafonaWenefs and Iiijufticc, in any Party^ to carry their Refentments to the vjlnle Sady of the. Clergy out Of Difguft at the Condud of a Pai't of them; and of the great FoUy, as well as Wukednefst of fuffcring thofe Refentments to afled their Faith. what has Religion to do in the Quarrel \ Does the Truth of Chrijiian'ity depend on the Condud of tha Clergy ? Were the Clergy more blameable than Malice and Anger cm rcprcicnc them, every Arguthent in Proof of our Religion will continuCj nevcrchelefs, in its full Force. Oris Religion the lefs excellent and ufefui for the Misbehaviour of any of its Tcacheis.^ Where tJien is tlic Sence of riinning intd Deifm, only beciufe Men in one Intereft may think-thofe Clergy who are in another Intereft do not ad upon Ccnvlciion, but upon worldly Motives? What Con-^ nedion, in Re.ifon, is there between thefe Thihgs ? Was the jt'^-'^'-'ip Religion the lefs true when their Cleray were in a Scace of the greatcft Corruption^ Or, if thefe angry Perfons have any real Concera for the comtrjoii Intereft of Chrifl-ianity, and ..thef publick Welfare, where is the Virtue, the ffi^orri of blackening the Charaders, and w^aTcemn^ the pener.1l Influence of the Clergy ? Can Religion fiourifh, when thofe who are to fitpport it HaVe nd Credit, no Influence ? Can the Nation be ini a StaCe of real Profperity, can the Government be in a State of real Secuiity, without the Influences and Support of Religion ? tmpoinble. But I ihall not how p�r-fue this Obfervation, intending very foon to fend you my Thoughts at -large upon it; In the mc^ii Ti ime. 1 am Xeuri^ MlTAJ^iCUi^i r o R E I Q N AFFAIRS. ITrflMuft-V .|onfcfsM that the FFIENGH Motives for War, and the adual Declaration of it which ^Uiiwedj oapfjfa much better Face of Reaf�n with ithtnv,, than 'has been fomctimes .cfter'd by that Crown in'the late Reign, when the Grand Ma-rarch, as he was fti^cd, thought it fufficitnt to give ^9tiSkhtx for ir!rad:!ig Ilis Neighbours, than ;hac he did it for his Glory. Ir /ool'j well, at leafl, when inighty Potentates, whofe Power knows no other Boundary than tliat of their own Will and Plea-furc, fccm to think they owe it to the Publick to give .ftv Acco^inr of the Motives by whith they are guided in.their moft imponanr Undertakings ; and let their Reafons be convincirig or otherwtfe, 'tis a ^reat'Condefcention that they youchfafe.to give the ecft they have. The French King^. it fcemsj hjtS ( Prict T-a^-Ptnce. ) been affronted in the Per.fth of King StafliHatfe Jiii Father-in-Law, by. the Emperor'^ O^ppfition t6-t' Eledion of that Pririce to'the Polift Throcle, i' by the Laws of ----_...epealed, and 'iv%{oti6 agaiaft . not become tis to inquire intb the l^atiire of thi^ fair, and..h9tv far it may juftify pVefe'iii Hofl. tics J but it Will ht T^xacmhQfdi That notwitf^i ;