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“ and I have returned you this, early this “ morning, that I might in every thing be “ respective of you ; but I desire not to be “ troubled with any thing that is not very “ material; for I have business of much “ greater concernment; neither can I draw " the saw of contention with any man about " things less pertinent. I expect no answer, “ I need none, I desire none; but expect “ that you will employ your good parts in 6 any thing rather than in being ingeniosus “ in alieno-libro; your talents can better (if “ you please) serve God, than by cavilling “ with, or without reason.”
- Thus ended his part of the correspondence with Jeanes. But on the other side, his antagonist was not so easily satisfied, and returned a long answer, commenting upon every sentence contained in this letter. Some time after Jeanes resumed the attack in a treatise “ of Original Righteousness, and its * contrary concupiscence";" to neither of which Taylor made any reply:- I close the account of this controversy with his unbiassed judgment on subjects of this kind in general.
“ I shall not be ashamed to say that I am " weary and toiled with rowing up and down " in the seas of questions, which the interests “ of Christendom have commenced, and in “ many propositions of which I am heartily 6 persuaded, I am not certain that I am not “ deceived ; and I find that men are confident “ of articles that they can so little prove that “ they never made questions of them, but I “ am most certain that by living in the re“ ligion and the fear of God, in obedience to “ the king, in the charities and 'duties of “ communion with spiritual guides, in justice “ and love with all the world in their several “proportions, I shall not fail of that end " which is perfective of human nature, and “ which will never be obtained by disputing." And in his Epistle Dedicatory prefixed to his “ further Explication," he “ professes with “ all truth and ingenuity, that he would ra“ther die than either willingly give occasion “ or countenance to a schism in the church “ of England; and he would suffer much evil “ before he would displease his dear brethren “ in the service of Jesus, and in the minis. «'tries of the church.”.
But though some opinions in the “ Unum “ Necessarium" be generally considered objectionable, neither the treatise itself, nor the letters written in vindication of its principles are to be totally disregarded. For if in some parts he lean . too much to the notion of Adam and his posterity being reduced by the fall to the mere nature in which he was created; yet, in the main, he enforces doctrines universally received, and essential to the present and future welfare of mankind. Among the variety of duties which are incumbent on the Christian pastor, there is none more difficult, and yet more necessary, than that of personal ministration. To strengthen the weak, to restrain the arrogant, to interest the lukewarm and to satisfy the doubtful, requires not only a competent knowledge of scripture, but experience in the niceties of casuistical theology. Of this Taylor' possessed a strong conviction : and knowing the value of it himself, was anxious in this treatise to convey it to others. :
Taylor's confinement in Chepstow castle, could not have continued many months after the Autumn of the year 1656 ; for in the latter end of that year his family was attacked by the small-pox and fever, which deprived him at once of two of his sonso. Trying as this visitation was, his piety did not forsake him, neither does a murmur seem to have escaped his lips. But
“ Though he thought as a Sage, yet he felt as a Man."
Amidst this devastation of his family one son was spared to him; and for his sake, as well as to recruit his own spirits, he declared his intention of quitting his residence in Wales and visiting London ; which proves, that he was then free from restraint. In a letter to a friend, he thus expresses his intention and his present feelings:
“ Dear Sir, I know you will either excuse “ or acquit, or at least pardon me that I have “ so long seemingly neglected to make a “ return to your so kind and friendly letter; “ when I shall tell you that I have passed «s through a great cloud, which hath wetted me “ deeper than the skin. It pleased God to send " the small pox and fevers among my children,
• Bp. Rust says three sons in the space of two or three months. Fun. Serm. but I have followed the letter here inserted.
“ and I have, since I received your last, buried “ two sweet, hopeful boys; and have now but “ one son left, whom I intend (if it please God) “ to bring up to London before Easter, and “ then I hope to wait upon you, and by your • sweet conversation and other divertisements “ if not to alleviate my sorrows, yet at least “ to entertain myself and keep me from too “ intense and actual thinkings of my trouble. “ Dear Sir, will you do so much for me as to “ beg my pardon of Mr. Thurland, that I “ have yet made no return to him for his so “ friendly, letter and expressions. Sir, you “ see there is too much matter to make ex“cuse; my sorrow will at least render me an “ object of every good man's pity and com“ miseration ; but for myself, I bless God, I so have observed and felt so much mercy in this “ angry dispensation of God's, that I am al“most transported, I am sure, highly pleased “ with thinking how infinitely sweet his mer“cies are, when his judgments are so gracious. “Sir, there are many particulars in your « letter which I would fain have answered; “ but still, my little sadnesses intervene, and “ will yet suffer me to write nothing else : “ but that I beg your prayers, and that you *will still own me to be, dear and honoured