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CONTENTS OF VOLUME XIII.
V. A Letter to the Rev. Dr. Free, in Answer to
his late Tract against the Methodists
A Letter to the Rev. Dr. Conyers Middle
ton, occasioned by his late Free Inquiry" 169 XIII. A Letter to Dr. Warburton, Bishop of
Gloucester, occasioned by his Tract,
262 XIV. A Letter to a Person lately joined with the
People called Quakers, in Answer to a
327 XV. An Extract of a Letter to the Rev. Mr.
Law, occasioned by some of his late
340 XVI. : A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Toogood, of
Exeter; occasioned by his “ Dissent
989 XVII. A Treatise on Baptism
396 XVIII. Thoughts upon Infant Baptism; Et. tracted from a late Writer
412 XIX. Serious Thoughts concerning Godfathers and Godmothers
1. IN your late pamphlets you have undertaken to prove, that Mr. Whitefield and I are gross enthusiasts; and that our whole conduct is but a counter-part of the most wild fanaticisms of the most abominable communion in its most corrupt ages,” (preface, p. 3.) You endeavour to support this charge against us, hy quotations from our own writings: compared with quotations from celebrated writers of the Romish communion.
2. It lies upon me to answer for one. But I must not burden you with too long an answer; lest (“for want either
; of leisure or inclination,” (preface, p. 5,) you should not give this, any more than my other tracts, a reading. In i order therefore to spare both you and myself, I shall at present consider only your first part; and that as briefly as possible. Accordingly I shall not meddle with your other
N. B. The Author's words are inserted between inverted commas.
quotations; but leaving them to whom they may concern, shall only examine, whether those you have made from my writings, prove the charge of enthusiasm, or not.
This, I conceive, will be abundantly sufficient, to decide the question between you and me. If these do prove the charge, I am cast: if they do not, if they are the words of truth and soberness, it will be an objection of no real weight, against sentiments just in themselves, though they should also be found in the writings of Papists : -yea, of Mahometans or Pagans.
3. Let the eight pages you borrow, stand as they are. I presume they will do neither good nor harm. In the tenth you say, “ The Methodists act on the same plan with the Papists; not perhaps from compact and design; but a similar configuration and texture of brain, or the fumes of imagination producing similar effects. From a commiseration of horror, arising from the grievous corruptions of the world, perhaps from a real motive of sincere piety, they both set out with warm pretences to a reformation." Sir, this is an uncommon thought! That sincere piety should arise from the “ configuration and texture of the brain !" As well as, that “pretences to a reformation" should spring
, from a "real motive of sincere piety!"
4. You go on, “Both commonly begin their adventures with field-preaching,” (Enthusiasm, &c. p. 11.) Sir, do you
( condemn field-preaching toto genere, as evil in itself? Have a care! or you (I should say, the gentleman that assists you) !
) will speak a little too plain, and betray the real motives of his sincere antipathy to the people called Methodists. Or do you condemn the preaching on Hannam-mount, in particular, to the colliers of Kingswood ? If you doubt, whether this has “ done any real good,” it is a very easy thing to be informed. And I leave it with all impartial men, whether the good which has in fact been done by preaching there, and which could not possibly have been done any other way, does not abundantly "justify the irregularity of it,” p. 15.
5. But you think I am herein “inconsistent” with myself. For I say, “ The uncommonness is the very circum