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We are growing a little out of humour , I think , with our _ ancient friends the Wbiggish ministers , who , if fame have left off to be a liar , do not agree very well amongst themselves neither .
The Duke of Devonshire was certainly for some time with the King last Sunday but one ; and 'tis said he and Somerset , and I know not who else , is coming into play . Langden , whom I think you know , is likely to be chosen to a place * if his heresy do not hang
in his way ; for some zealous Christian hath given advertisement of it to the leading members of the Church . They have proposed to him to declare his assent to the Assembly ' s Catechism . He hath refused it , and how the thing will end I know not . Mr . Beam gives his service I . ana , dear Sir , Yours sincerely , T . SECKER . London , May 20 , 1718 .
From Mr . Seeker . Dear Sir , I have waited to send you a piece of news , which I hope you will think worth waiting for . Yesterday the Fund resolved , nemine contradicente , to increase Mr . Stockden ' s allowance .
Mr . Tong , I am told , was silent for some time , and then went out . He had sent them some confession of his faith in that article , which I have not yet seen : but unless he prevaricated in that pretty considerably , 'tis a
noble resolution they have taken . We hear with great pleasure what Mr . Peirce does at Exeter , and if Mr . Monckley were to succeed him , either you would find him an honester man than you expect , or we a much greater villain thnn we can think him . I saw
Mr . Beam on Saturday . He will certainly write to you in a little time . Here has been a proposal made to the Bishop of Bangor of the Bishoprick of Londonderry , which I suppose he has refused ; but whether the hand of the
King was in it I know not . We are , in all probability , sold once more to the bishops for the bill against . Mutiny and Desertion . I have been labonriDj ? to get an Arijm ordained by soijie of our great divines , who know him to be . such , and do not much question succeeding . J hope you will
jlidge , by my crowding , my matters so close , that I should be glad to write you a longer letter , but I am in haste , going to the Careless Husband with company ; a pleasure you would no more wish to hinder me of , than I to
conceal from you the good news above for a day . I am , Dear Sir , with sincerity , yours T . SECKER !
From the Sa ? ne , then Bishop of Bristol . St . James ' s * Westminster , May 8 , 1736 . Sir I , return you my hearty thanks for the congratulations you have made me in so obliging a manner , and for your friendly expressions of good will and
good opinion - I , which place a high value upon , as they came from a person whose frankness and sincerity I remember very well and esteem very truly , I hope your private manner of life hath been free from any great uneasinesses ; and , I assure you , the more public one which I lead hath no great satisfaction in it . I endeavour to think
as justly , and act 3 s rightly as I can . I da my best . to do jio harm in the world , and it is not easy to do much good . Every one in his station , however , should try . And I hope the experience I have had of the world , hath tended to strengthen in me one
disposition very necessary for this end ; a disposition to think reasonably and mildly of all men , and to respect and honour all good and virtuous men ; from which principle I ana , with sincere regard , rnr , Your affectionate humble servant , THO . BRISTOL .
From Mr . Food . Plymouth ^ June , 1736 . My Lord , I think it my duty to return your Lordship my hearty thanks for your favour of May last , especially as it
gave me the great pleasure of observing and relishing once more , that peculiar frankness and goodness which always did , and always must , make you beloved by all who know and con * verse with you . 1 am y $ ry * pucu obliged for the favpurable sentime » Js you
634 Original Letters between Mr . ( afterwards Archbishop ) Seeker
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1821, page 634, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2506/page/2/