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faction I shall write them to you when yori please . Also of a famous possession in Holland ^ which I had there by unquestionab le tradition . And for mock possessions to shame Papists , I saw two shameful ones—; that of Loudon nuns in France , ( on which Walter
Montague grounded his pretended conversion , ) and oneat Antwerp . But I shall trouble you with none of this till you give me a second order . As for my scribblings concerning my country , take your own time an& tell me freely wherein you think me
mistaken , and as I did write in haste , and only for your satisfaction , so I shall willingly and thankfully receive your correction . You are just in saying I am a party , and so I must confess I am against the Ttev . Prelate ( who , I think , on that argument did use us
ill and himself worse ) . But I shall labour not to be a wilful one against truth when I can see it . This calling of a Parliament by the Protector gives me hope you will come to London ( which is the greatest satisfaction I
expect from it ) . And then I flatter myself you will see me . In the mean time , if my restraint can give me opportunity to do any thing acceptable to you , it will much sweeten it . For though I am an useless laid-aside ,
and , as to outward things , a ruined and , as to outward things , a ruined prisoner , yet I bless God my spirit is free , by his grace I have some measure of contented submission . And I am with all my heart , " Sir , " Your real friend and servant ,
" LAUDERDAILL . c < 26 th January . " I am advanced in Blondei 300 pages more " . For " Mr . Richard Baxter .
Letter IX . " Sir , " Yours of the 26 th February was a fortnight in coming , yet I had it before your books , and m obedience to you I did scribble this inclosed too long letter : you may justly be frighted with its length , but I desire you to Ti
read it for mtr ** rtiaArrtr » ri * wfi ^ n rm reaa it for divertisement , when you can best spdre ao much time : it you desire furthfer satiation in any of tke stor ij&Ttrieatitai , upon idvertkei
meht , t shall endeavour to satisfy jrbu ! Receive herewith that Latin bqok ^ 0 f Latin I may call it , ) it is so cpafrtfe £ style ; I did only cursorily view it , * s 6 cannot well judge whether it wilt be of use against Saddueees , sure I km it may shaine Romanists ;* thkt story I
mean of Magdalen * le Pklud . where mean of Magdalen * le Pklud , where by their pretended church authority , a devil is made so zealous for Popish errors , and so orthodox a Papist , t have laid in a leaf at the beginning of it . The story is printed long ago in
English , and Dr . Worthingtori of Cambridge brought it hither to me . There being here four prisoners Committed as priests , one ¦ ' of them ( an ingenious man ) seeing it in my chamber , would needs maintain that it Was
a London invention to disgrace them , but when I shewed him this printed at Paris , and dedicated to the French King , he was- much out of countenance . To shame Papists , I think this book may be of use to lie by you , and therefore I beseech you keep it :
it is , I confess , not worthy of your acceptance ; yet if you like it you shall oblige me to keep it . As for De FAncre , I told you I have two volumes in 4 to . of his , but as far as Lean judge by a cursory view , it is not worth the
pains to be translated . It is true , divers stories in it might be culled out by a discreet person , fit enough to convince the incredulous that there are witches ; but there is a great deal of trash in the book , and he must have much time
to spare who will undertake it . In the end of one of the volumes , there is a large story of an apparition in a village near A gen , in Gasconie , attested by the Bishop of Agen , the notaire and some others , to have happened in June and July 1612 . But it looks
like a Popish forgery , for the spirit's actions and iliscourses tend wholly to confirm the Popish purgatory , messes and such trash , and it is alleged to have been seen only by three wenches ; so it might shame the Papist , but would rather harden that * convert an
Atheistical Sadducee . If you know any will employ their time about it , I shall most willingly send theni t \ \ e books ; but I hope you will not desfre the to take such a task . Aad , irideeVl , I may justly be asn ' tfm £ d"f 6 $ aVie fee 6 n so alow in a much letter-work ; biit I hope ydii hate gbtfStie&s eridii&h to fbrgS v *? tn % , mem VW + im f&dtbmt
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1823, page 317, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1785/page/5/