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sure, what we do, that we run not blindfold into our own certain damnation. In the mean while, it behoves us to retain steadfastly, what we have hitherto piously believed and professed, in the integrity of our hearts and minds. And may the sacred Three, to whom we once have so solemnly devoted all our services, accept of our sincere endeavours to preserve and keep up that divine honour, which has been hitherto (and we doubt not, justly) paid to each of them. To the same most holy, undivided Trinity, God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, adoration and worship, in all churches of the saints, now and for evermore. Amen.
DR. WHITBY'S REPLY:
CHARGE OF FALLACIES, MISQUOTATIONS, MISCONSTRUCTIONS, MISREPRESENTATIONS,
Respecting his Book entitled
IN A LETTER TO DR. WHITBY.
I HAVE read over your Reply, lately published. I perceive you are much disturbed at the freedom I took with you, in that part of my Defence which concerned you: and though you have, for several years last past, been acting the part of a censor, and a severe one too, (if we consider the intention rather than the effect,) upon many great, good, and learned men, ancient and modern; yet when it comes to be your own case to be animadverted upon, (however justly, and upon a necessary occasion,) you are not able to bear it with due temper of mind. I am very unwilling to give you any farther disturbance: and, indeed, were your Reply to be read only by men of letters, I should not have a thought of returning any answer to it. But since the controversy, about the ever blessed Trinity, is now spread among all kinds of readers, I have judged it necessary, in so momentous a cause, to take some notice of what you have done, for the sake of some well-meaning men who might otherwise happen to be imposed upon
You divide your work into two parts, defensive and offensive : the first, to take off (so far as you are able) what I had charged you with; the second, to retort the charge, and to raise objections from antiquity, chiefly against the Catholic cause, which I have the honour to espouse.
My Answer, accordingly, if it shall be thought needful to carry it through, must consist of two parts: one to show that you have not been able to take off what I had charged you with; the other to make it appear that your objections against us are slight and trivial, not capable of doing our cause harm.