Grub-Street Journal (Newspaper) - August 27, 1730, London, Middlesex
The Grub-ftreet Journal. Numb. 34. ?fmr�&apj august27, 1730. An account of a boo^: intitled Hiftorical Memoirs of the Life of 3Dr. Samuel Clarke, by Will Whifion, M-. A. Ne quid falfi dicere audeat; Ne quid' veri non audeat. kR. Whifton having obferved that Df. Sykes, Bifhop Hoadly, and others, had publifhed accounts of Dr. Clarke's life, writing and character, with many particulars, of which he took himfelf to be better acquainted than any of them, thought it a Duty incumbent on bint to add thefe Memoirs, with fuch faithfuhejs and impartiality, Jucb opennefs and fimplicity as tbofe important concerns do require. Our Author's firft acquaintance with the Dr. was in the year 1697, while the former was Chaplain to Dr. Moor, then Bifhop of Norwich, to whofe favour and friendship he had the opportunity of firft introducing Him. He refigned hk place of Chaplain to him the next year, having the living of Loweftoft in Suffolk given him by his Patron. Our Author here digrefTes to acquaint the Reader with ' a ftrange incident, that hap- * pened at Leweftoft when Dr. Clarke came once thi-� ther to fee him ; which they never forgot, and he ' thinks ought to be mentioned here for publick fnfor- * matkm. They went together a-board one of the � fmaU Ships belonging to that Town : and as they * were on Ship-board, they took notice of two of the * Seamen that were jointly lifting up a veffel out of * the hold :-when another Seaman that flood by, clapped 4 one of them on the fhoulder, and asked him, why he * did hot turn his face away ? (for he was looking down, * as if he would fee what'he and his fellow were lifting � out of the hold, as well as joined in lifting it up.) * Upon which, he turned his face away ; but con- * tinued to affift in lifting it up notwithftanding. The � meaning of which they foon underftood to be this; * that he would :be obliged to fwear he Jaw nothing * taken out of the hold ; not that he took nothing out * of it. This, Mr. Whifton obferves, is the confequence * of bar multiplying oaths on every trifling occaiion .' ' and this, fays he, it feems, is a Seaman's falvo for * fuch errant perjury ! In the year 1714 the Convocation fell upon Br. Clarke's fcripture doctrine of the Trinity ; for an authen-tick account of which, Mr. Whifton refers us to an Apology for Dr. Clarke, publifhed this year.. Our Author, in this affair, charges Dr. Clarke with infincerity ; and fays, it's end was unhappy to Dr. Clarke's own confeience j unhappy to his befl friends; and, above all, unhappy as to its con. feauenct in relation to the opinion the Unbelievers were willing hereupon to entertain of him, as if he had prevaricated all along in his former writings for Chriftianity. He mentions one in particular, whom he calls a fagacious unbeliever, who faid, that ' he and � * other obferving Infidels, his brethren, did think, both * from his life and writings, that he had really believed * Chriftianity; that is, till the Convocation fell upon * him. But fince his prevaricating behaviour at that * time of trial, they concluded he did not believe it. This conclufion Mr. Whifton thinks too hafty, and fays, that be did by degrees � recover part of his former cha-rafter 'i and not only fhewed evident figns of being diffatisfied with what he had done, but refufed alfo a Lay Employment of 1200/. or 1500/. -a year, becaufe it was not agreeable to his fpiritual cure ; by which he appeared in earnejl to believe the Chrijlian Religion to his death. P. 86. Our Author relates many particulars-concerning a Society for promoting primitive Cbrijtfajiity the Chairmen of which were three : ,. Dr.(^kn Gale, from "fitly 3, 1715- when they firft met, tiliFe$\io, 1711. 2. Mr. Arthur Onflow, from Feb. 17, 171 . //// Dec. 28, 1716. 3. Mr. Thomas Emlyn, from Jan. 4, 171;, till June 28, 1717, which was the lajl day of their meeting : and Mr. Whifton himfelf officiated all the while as their Secretary. He. tells, us, he has pre- ferved the minutes of this Society with no lefs exatlnefs, than tbofe of any Court in this kingdom i as be takes them to be of greater confequence than any of them. P. 135. Mr. Whifton here enters into the particulars of Dr. Clarke's refufal of the lay employment mentioned before; and on this occafion makes a jhort, and, as_he_ thinks not unjeafonable DigreJJion, to. tell us, that ' it is clearly his opinion, that till our Defenders of Chriftianity do more than they have moft of them hitherto done, as to the affording the world this conviction, that they are really in earnefi themfelves ; particularly, till our Bifhops leave off procuring com' mendams, and heaping up riches and preferments on themfelves, their Relations and Favourites: nay, till they correct their non-refidence, till they leave the Court, the Parliament, and their Politicks, and go down to their feveral Diocefes, and there labour in the Vineyard of Chrijl, inftead of /landing the moft part of the day idle at the Metropolis: They may write what learned Vindications, and Paftoral Letters they pleafe, the obferving unbelievers will not be fa-tisfied they are in earneft, and, by confequence, will be little moved, by all their Arguments and Exhortations. ' And here (fays our Author) I cannot but wonder, how, Bifhop Hoadley can himfelf fo diftinctly take notice, to the honour of Dr. Clarke, that he, was almoft conftantly refident upon his cure, without the bittereft reflection on his own different conduct. Since every body acquainted with him knows, that fince he has been Bifhop of Hereford and Salisbury, he has not only, like fbme other Bifhops, been much the greateft part of his time at London; but that during the 6 years time he was Bifhop of Bangor^ and pafTed through the entire Bangorian Controverfy, he went beyond the example of other Bifhops, and never once fet his foot within the Diocefe of Bangor. The Bifhop may alfo pleafe to remember, that when he had abfented" himfelf from his Diocefe 3 or 4 of thofe years, and I had proportionably withdrawn my felffrom my wonted acquaintance with him, I fent him a friendly, very gentle Admonition to this effect; that I defired to receive-from him a letter under his own hand, dated at Bangor. To which mefTage he returned me this anfwer, by the fame hand that carried it; That he Jhould be glad to fee me at Bangor, the next year : Whither yet he did not go that year, nor any other. I beg of him, that he will confider what the Apoftles have ordained in their 37 th and 38th Canons, which belong to fuch grofs negligence; viz. that if any Bijhop that is ordained does not undertake bis office, nor take care of the people committed to him, he is to be Jujpended until he does' undertake it.-And that a Bijhop who takes no care of the clergy or people, and does not inftruft them in piety, is to be feparated; and if he continue in his negligence, is to be deprived. ' I am mighty forry to find Mr. Whifton ufe fuch bitter invectives againft this excellent Prelate, whofe conduct, I am perfuaded can have given him no juft reafon to treat him in fuch a manner. Yet this is not the only part of the book now under my confideration, which is openly levelled againft his character. In P. 116. he charges him with ailing inconfijiently with bis. own Notion if Liberty of Confeience, and that Chrijlian 'Freedom, of which he has always appeared the Jlrongefi Advocate. And again, in P: 160. he has thefe words; '"When the Bifhop '.fays, that the Charity of Dr. Clarke's AJftJlance and ' Beneficence was as extenjive as the circumjlances of e his Family would prudently admit': And afterwards, ' that he had not in him the-love of Riches ftrong enough \ to make hid uneafy for any thing more than what ' afforded him and bis Family a decent Appearance and ' Place in Life : This may be true in the Bifhop's opi-' nion; who, with many of his Brethren, by twice | R-Dryden's Complement toMilton is an old thought* e �J-V-l. though improved by that great Man; as moft things were, that he borrowed. The Copy of it (iri your laft Journal) would have kept clofer to the Original, if it had been thus; Three Poets (grave divines) in England bsrnj The Prince'/ Entry did with Verje adSrn. The firft in lowlinejs of Thought jurpajs^d, The next in Bombaft ; and in both the laft. Dulness no more cou'd for her Laureat do, To perfeft him, Jhe join d the former two. After this liberty taken with your Epigram, allow me further to tell you, that I cannot think the Laureat rightly qualify'd to be a.Member of your Society. He'has done fome things not unbecoming his Polf: And his long-promis'd Tranflation of Taffo, is with impatience expected by the Lovers of the Mufes. Chelfea, 2 1 Your humble fervant, Aug. 1730. D. M: I agree with my learned Correfpondent, that the Laureat has done fome things not unbecoming his Poft, wit-nefs his new year Ode, on which I publifhed an ela-. borate Criticifm in our fecond Journal. B,-.vius. O'xon, Aug- the i8thi To the Author of the Grub-ftreet Journal. SIR, BEfore I defire you to infert the following Verfes in your Paper, I muft acquaint you, that I am of a conftitution exceedingly tender, and though I don't labour under fuch a valetudinary ftate of health, as to be fenlible of much inconvenience from a.change of climate; weather, or diet; yet any difcord in mufick, bad poetry, or the like, has a very fenfible effeel: on rne. Now there is a genticman, -who has frequently within thefe two or three years paftv given me very great � disturbance in this way, to the great prejudice of my - health: I would riot have you imagine however that mine is a particular cafe, fince the complaint I do aflare you is very general: I muft therefore defire-you would infert the 10 lowing lines in your paper, which are directed to the abovemention'd gentleman, for the fake of a great many fufferers, and id particular of your conftant Reader and Humble Servant Philomusus.' On the Author of the verfes on the death of Mr. jote Philipps. Philipps ! to thy lamented fhade, By fome vile fcribling poet A tribute of dull verfe is paid, Who fweari that frieadfhip made him do it.