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time , I shall go on as speedily as I can with the rest of the work . One thing I shall promise that , excepting the Holy Scripture and sometimes for recreation a snatch at some other book , T shall read nothing else till it
be done . Again , I must conclude that if I am not go useful as I do desire to your service , yet I hope you will accept of the sincere desires of , " Sir , " Your truly affectionate friend and servant ,
LAUDERDAILL . € C Windsor Castle \ " iOth January , 1658-9 . " For " Mr . Richard Baxter " At Kiderminster "
Letter VIII . " Reverend and much-honoured Sir , " Yours of the 13 th January was long by the way , for I had it not till Saturday last , 22 d , so late that I could do nothing till Monday . Here is as full an account as I can give you concerning your three questions . I have
transcribed his words , and must give you the testimonies in English , because Blondel puts them in French , and not in the language of the authors . I must again beg your pardon for its English , which I do willingly , that I may express my author ' s meaning ,
and to you intelligibly ( though not to an unlearned reader ) . As for example , dotes for gifts , grade for degree , Saverdoce , Eloge ; for the first three are no more French than they are English , and seeing Blondel makes French of those three Latin words , I may to you make them English . Neither would 1 alter his word
numerostty . In the first question I hope you will be satisfied ; as for the other two I am sorry Blondel is not pleased to prove -what he says . In the second , I conceive he takes it for granted that the Pope could not pretend to more than a primacy in the Roman
empire , for he proves that Scripture gives him none . And the councils consisted only of the Roman empire ; so if it be proved that the countries were Christian which were never parts of that empire , it is all that is necessary . One of the pfeo |> le mentioned may be clearly pfov&d' hy ull the ec-
clesiastic histories , viz . the Indians . They must be confessed to have been without the verge of Romania , in the largest sense : it is known Frumentius converted them , and he had his ordination at Alexandria , but I will not
be tedious with enforcing more . As to the third question , Blondel offers at no more than I have transcribed , and says not a word of those one or two bishops you mention of Parthia and Armenia . As for apparitions and possessions , ( besides the books which you cite in your book of the Unreasonableness of Infidelity , ) I have in Latin
a book of three famous possessions , of one a priest at Marseilles , who was prince of the synagogues of Satan ( or Sabbat ) in all Europe ; his name ( as I take it ) was Louis Gaufredy , burnt about forty years ago ; and of two possessed nuns in Flanders . The book
is printed at Paris , dedicated to the King of France : if you please I will send it , but it serves more to shame Papists for laying weight upon the devil ' s testimony , ( being exorcised , ) for confirming their grossest
superstitions , ( and I put a learned Romanist lately hugely out of countenance with it , ; yet there are divers things in it to your purpose- I have also two books in a large quarto , written by a French Counsellor , employed by the Parliament of Bourdeaux , in the
judging of witches ; hi 3 name is De l'Ancre ; he is specially recommended by that little discourse of the Devil of Mascon , which was lately printed in English . In these books I am sure there are many stories to your purpose , but the books are French , and
I must dispatch Blondel ere I undertake more . As for relations , I could tell you of some W rify own country most certainly true , some before my time , one since I was a man , in a godly minister ' s house , strangely and undeniably haunted with spirits . If I had
my right , I have the chief interest m and am patron of the parish , and have many times had the relation from the minister ' s mauth . I can tell you of a possession in Scotland , near the place I was born in , since I reipeniber ; the particulars which I had myself of Mr .
Jo . Weem ' s own mouth , but my poor country lies under such a weight of malice arid alfttider , that I-would not willmgty - 'ifcpte any thteg of that pnt in piftti mw : yet fo ^ yoUr satis-
316 Letters from the Earl ( afterwards Duke ) of Lauderdale to R . Baxter .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1823, page 316, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1785/page/4/