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which was this : tjie Queen had sent to him to desire that he would be with her upon such a day at such a time * Accordingly , Dr . Waterland came to wait upon her at the time ; but she happening accidentally to be engaged with some other company , and the
Doctor being kept a good while waiting without , till her Majesty should be disengaged , and that being protracted much longer than was expected or intended , he ( the Doctor ) went away at last without any leave , and the Queen finding this afterwards , when her company had left her , took this ill from the Doctor , and for sometime
did from hence shew some dislike to him . However , at length , she was quite reconciled to him , and latterly ( as I have heard likewise from the Doctor himself ) she received him with much favour and regard . 5 . That there was once a formed
design to make Dr . Clarke a Bishop ; and upon this Bishop Trimnell came over to Archbishop Wake , in order to get his acquiescence in it . But the Archbishop expressed his utter dislike to the thing , and declared he would
not consecrate Dr . Clarke , whatever was the consequence to himself . He would incur a premunire , and the loss of every thing , rather than act thu 3 far in it . And upon this resolution of the Archbishop the design was dropped .
6 . That Archbishop Wake had greatly too much timidity about him in many cases , and too little vigilance for the good of the Church , though otherwise a very good man , and a wellwisher to good men and good principles . But for want of discernment of
one side , and attention or spirit of the other , he suffered many bad things to be done , and several unworthy men to be highly preferred , without shewing due care and encouragement of better men , though he often had it in his
power to do the last and prevent the former . This , Archbishop Potter ( then Bishop of Oxford ) took the freedom one day to represent to him , and desired him to look round and see how little regard had been shewn for so
many years past by the great men to a number of eminent divines , while others of a different character found every advancement . That the Archbishop ^ as move d extremely with this representation , and pleaded only for himself , that really he had not observed
or considered ao much the state of things before , but would be more attentive for the futare . His Grace added to me , that the truth was , Archbishop Wake was not deep enough in theology and learning , especially antiquity , to know how to fix a proper
rule of acting in his station , and therefore had not a proper firmness and steadiness in his conduct . That , moreover , he was chiefly influenced by Bishop Trimnell , as long as he lived , who had too much regard to some great men of the laity , to do the Church much service .
7 . That Bishop Willis was a very superficial man in all learning ; and being fond unaccountably of the Geneva discipline , was no cordial friend to our ecclesiastical constitution ; and
that he opened himself once pretty fully to his Grace , then Dr . Potter , who took occasion to enlarge pretty strongly on the other side , and referred the Bishop to certain books for his full satisfaction , if he pleased .
8 . That though the Convocation had not sat for many years , yet the right of sitting was still preserved entire , together with all the original powers of the Archbishop , &c . That , farther ,
no absolute prohibition had been given him from above against their sitting , nor any general discouragement to it , but that the royal licence might be easily obtained for that purpose , whenever it should be likely to him and
other sincere friends of the Church , that the Convocation might sit to good effect , and unto the real benefit of this Church . 9 . That when Bishop Hoadley ' s Sermon before the King had given so much offence to the Convocation , and
it wa 3 debated among the clergy what to do upon it , his Grace ( Dr . Potter ) had frequent meetings about it with Bishop Smallridge and others of the superior Clergy , welt affected to the Church of England . And that his Grace proposed it as the most unexceptionable way to proceed in , and as
equally effectual for the purpose , to censure not the Bishop ' s Sermon , but one of Dr . Sykes ' s , lately preached upon the same text , and containing the very same obnoxious principles . That by this expedient , they would avoid any seeming rudeness to his Majesty , ( who had ordered the Bishop ' s sermon to be published , ) and , at the same time ,
Memorandums from Archbishop Potterv 341
vol . xvi . 2 y
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1821, page 341, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2501/page/17/