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6 e ) f you . f resolution will be affirmative ; jn the first and negative in the ' second * . And then the conclusion will be that you will approve and follow the way wherein I have had the happiness to enter before you ; and should think it infinitely increased , if it would please God to draw you after . I rest your assured friend , &c . To secure his conquest , Fisher persuaded Chillingworth to go over to the college of the Jesuits
at : " 'D ouay » and he was desired ( ajid , it is presumed , prevailed upon ) to set down in writing the motives which had engaged him to embrace the Romish religion .
Dr . Laud , then Bishop of Lon . don , was extremely concerned at bearing of Chillingworth s lapse and of the place of his retirement ; but , relying upon his integrity and CatidouT , he entered into Correspondence with him , and succeeded in persuading him to
begin the inquiry anew . *—After a stay of two months , the young convert left Douay and returned lo England * His enemies have ascribed his departure to his impatience tinder certain menial offices which were imposed upon bim to try his temper : but this
supposition is by no means necessary to account for his removal ; Archbishop Laud , in his speech before the Lords , on the first day of his tr 5 al s March l £ , 1643 , appealed to the litters that passed between htm and
GhUUneworth , in 6 rdcr to vindicate himself from the charge of popery . tt ChtHingwortli ' s learning and abilities ( feays he ) we sufficiently known t » all your lordships . He was gone and settled at Dowaye . My letters brought him back ; and he Hired and dyed a defender of the Cfrarch ofEtigland . ^ itei . * tf 4 M ! Wmit&s mdjfyafa tffhn * ^ . \ . » MWi 1 t . ' 'Midi ' . ' ¦ * r ; V . * r • .
a slave Chillingworth could not be , but the slavery of the mind was the first object of his dread and abhorrence ; his life and writings confirm the assertj > n of his friends that it was in pursuit of mental rather than bodily ease that he quitted the community of the Jesuits , Upon his arrival in England , ( 1631 ) he was received with great
kindness and affection by Laud , with whose approbation he retired to Oxford to pursue , at hrs ' ease , his religious inquiries . Here he read the chief books on the Ro ~
mish controversy , and conversed freely with the most eminent men on both sides of the question . In the end , he declared for Protest . antism , though he continued still
to inquire , as appears by a letter to his friend Sheldon , written after his restoration , in which he avows some scruples about leaving the Church of Rome and returning
to the Church of England , which gave rise to the report of his having a second time embraced thd Romish faith . Chillingworth had too much sense not sometimes to
doubt ; and too much frankness and integrity not to acknowledge his doubts . The final decision of this future !
champion of Protestantism was ' helped forward by the co ( ivei ? &a * tion and writings of Mr . Mates and Lord Falklundf and by DaiN le on the Fathers ^ arid by some
f Chillingworth appe&rS not to have met with Dailies book , Yitt sometime after thfc period of hte re ^ conver « i <* i 5 but we cannot consider him as settled all at once in his Prote ^ taiit priucipletb Both his friends and enemies allow that the torintcjpic © f 2 ><* illr > treatise wa » fpktm bf him useful , aad even caicrtCwi *> his dtf < moe « f Fiwwtiatiim ; mxU
6 Brief Memoir of Mr . CAillingwartk .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1814, page 6, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2436/page/6/