The Copy of a LETTER sent to Dr. Sherlock, upon the occasion of his Preaching at St. Mar­garet's on Jan. 30th. 1691.


SInce the Wisdom of those Beneficent Patriots (who have so illustriously preserv'd the Liberties and Privileges, and advanced the Trade, and Riches off the People, whom they represent) hath chosen you to be their Orator upon the approaching [...] 30th. of Jan. suffer me a Stranger to advise you to demean your self, as it becomes you, on that Day of pre­tended Fasting and Humiliation.

It is not enough that you deal tenderly with the memory of that great Saint and Hero his Royal Highness Oliver Cromwell (who by your own prin­ciples was the Lord's Anointed, and set over these Nations by a Designa­tion from above, by a continued series of mighty victories, which accord­ing to your arguing as truly discover'd him to be the Vicegerent of Heaven, as Prophecy did the Kings of Israel) but you are obliged to speak honora­bly of that eminent Benefactor to this People, who set a Pattern to future Ages how to treat Tyrannical Kings. Make a Panegyrick in his praise, and raise your Voice to a due pitch, that the Audience may admire an Elo­quence adequate to the grandeur of the Subject; and that you may be in all things just to your Principles, treat that Man, whom the last Age fond­ly made a Martyr, and fome few in this think so as he deserved; the Man, whom the People accused of endeavouring to introduce Popery and arbi­trary Power; and who by following as undue courses, as his Son, brought himself to the Block; treat him magisterially, and with that assuming, that is inseparable from men of your profound parts; treat him, as you have done the little Writers amongst the Jacobites (whom instead of answering you contemn) or as your dear spouse treats you, when you fail of dutiful compliance; exalt your well furnish'd Forehead, lift up your Voice like a Trumpet, that Voice that hath been all along spared for this infamous oc­casion; call upon the Nation to rejoice at the downfall of its Enemies, and exhort them to maintain their Rights against the incroachments of insolent Princes, who suck the blood, and prey upon the marrow of those, whom they should gently govern, settle the Power of the People over Kings, and prove God an accessary to all their prosperous Rebellions and Perjuries. You know the vindication of these Opinions was the purchase of your Deanery, and men use to maintain what they have gotten, by súch methods as they got it by; I cannot call it Simony, that old Magician was a fairer Merchant, he would have purchased the Gifts and Powers of the Holy Spirit (things of great excellency and use, while you leave the sacred assistances of the Church to such silly Chapmen, and pursue the nobler quarry of its more sacred honors and revenues.

Advice those grave Senators to make solemn sanctions against all your former old obstinate Friends, counsel them to establish a Tax upon every man's head, like the Haracht Musslemen upon the poor Greeks; commend the example of those sage Ottomans to the imitation of our no less wise and merciful Commons; who, even when they acknowledge the Bible to be the word of God, make it meritorious to murther all those, who profess to live according to its Rules.

And whenever a Convocation shall be call'd, in which your new Station gives you a place of course [...] take care, as to retract your Antisocinian Writings (to put your self in the good graces of your new Primate) so to condemn all your quondam Monarchical tenents, and make a publick sacri­fice of your Case of Resistance to the injured Ghost of the Invincible Pro­tector; and before you do either of these, consult your Pillow, and your comfortable importance (whom you by fits love and dread, as the Indians do the Devil) make her, as you are wont, your Oracle; and believe me to be

Your Faithful true Friend and Servant.

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