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would"build Up the chdrch * by the aid of those bungling workmen ^ beadles and cnurchwardeits . 1 mean Seeker , in his Charge , when
Bishop of Oxford , in 1741 . Having lamented that ' * great Huiiiber ^ in many , if not most parishes , omit coming to church / ' he adds this direction :
44 Persons w&o profess themselves not to be of our church , if persuasions will rcot avail , must be' let alone . But other absenters , after due patience , must be told in the las * place , that * unwilling
&s you are ,- it will be your . duty to present them , unless they reform ; and if , when this warning hath been repeated , and full time allouyed for it to work , they still persist in their obstinacy , I beg you to do it . For this will tend
much to prevent the contagion from spreading , of which there is else great danger j and when once you have got them , though it be against thehr inclinations , within reach of yotfr pulpit , who knows what good may follow /* Watson's Tracts , vi . 24 .
It is remarkable thaf the Methodists were rising into notice in 1741 . Probably Hinc ill * techtymce . When priest * could evarigelizem ' the style of Bishop Seeker ,
must not the people have been prepared to reward with their attention the more spiritual efforts of Wesley and Wbitfield to compel them ( o eome in , with whatever
portion of scriptural knowledge tfeeir * eal Were ; accompanied ? '
- * . . ' ' ' > r ' , ** ' m ¦¦ ¦ ¦ . « iev Last Sentiments of Mr * vFarmir and Qr * Watts * - » , Sib , M * ym , l » r ^ . Your ^ ort ^ spondynt Oo ^ to , * ho ** your iase No . p . iZt ; tiftqtflBKi
eoncefmng ^ he supposed Change of sentiment in Mr . Farmer an < i Dr . Waits . \ % referred to the lives
of those eminent men , where he may meet with some satisfaction . In the year 1804 ' , a work was published by Longman and Co . intitled ei Memoirs of the Life and
Writings of the late' Rev \ and learned Hugh Farmer ^ to which is added a Piece" 6 f his never before pub . * lisfoedy with several original Lettersj »^ & *< :. Frotn this work ? - us well as from his own publications ^
it is evident that he was not latterly a Calvinist , if he ever had been ^ but it does by no means appeat that he had gone into the - » vides& opposite extrente * As to his last sentiments on the Trinitarian *
controversy , nothing certain caw be concluded from this publication * His biographer observes , thafe otl ? this subject he was remarkably reserved , and inserts a Letter front a correspondent , well acmiamted with him * who rather severely
cefrsures him , for withholding his sentiments' ftora his people , and from his most intimate friends ^ p . 30 . From hence Carlo may rest assured that all enquiry after them ? will be fruitless ; or rather , that b i * last views were the same as- he
had long maintained . As to Dr . Watts , the ease is different . It"ft well known that .
in some of his publications , ' -he introduced sdine peculiarities of opitiioh whiefcr gave the high Trim- * tariafts great offence , particularly aWmftW ^^ Bmi tehce of the hu ^
mAWsoulof Christ , and Mr . Brad- ^ r buty ^ rtSi p l ^ d tiot to charge hini with Arj «^ fsinV After his death it was geigtally reported that fie left aofer MSS which contained * li expe-il rerfuliciation of hi ^ fo rmei » srentimenfs r and it was even said ?
Ldst Sentiments qfTMtr . Fmrmer and Dr . Watts * § 6 §
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1812, page 369, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1749/page/25/