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Mediation of his Son jesus ; left, for a Neglect at the Beginning of the divine Judgments, and
our Sorrows, God should be provoked, by ano
ther more dreadful Shock, to bury us in the Ruins of our own Houses, or send us alive into the Pit of Destrućtion. Such a Regard and Improvement of the divine Judgments, is the fincere Wish of
Page 448, Line 11, add, o “ . . . A K E this Inscription, as it was drawn up by Mr. Killingworth, verbatim, as it oc
curs in a Letter he wrote to me dated at Norwich, May 11, 1749,
IN ME MoRY of Mr. WILLIAM BA R ON, LATE MINIst E R of THE Gospel: By whose FAITH IN GoD, witH FAST ING, AND PRAYER, AND ANo1 NTING witH Oil ; IN THE NAME OF THE LoRD MANY WE RE HEALED OF THEIR DISE As Es. He was A FAITH FUL SERVANT of CHRIST, cont END E D EARNE STLY FoR THE FAITH oNce DELIvERED TO THE SAINTs ; AND DIED IN THE F I RM BELIEf of A RESUR R E cTION TO AN HAPPY IMMoR T ALITY, t T H E GIFT of THE on E on LY SUPREME GoD THE FATHER By T H E M IN ISTRATION of His son JESUS CHRIST, v1.1 FEBRUARY, MD ccxxx-1, IN THE LII YEAR of His AGE.
N. B. That at the Time of the second London Earthquake, there was so current a Report spread over the Nation, that the great Sir Isaac Newton had himself foretold that Earthquake, and that it would be derived from the Approach of the Planet jupiter, that I thought fit to contradićt such an idle and groundless Report in an Advertisement, upon March 14, 1750, in the Daily Advertiser, in the Words following : Mr. Whiston gives notice, That though he expećts many more Earthquakes in the World, within a Year, or two at the fartheft, before the Restoration of the jews, as Signals 6f its Approach, and of the horrible Miseries the wicked Part of the jews and Christians will be subjećt to, while the really Pious and Good will be providentially delivered from them, yet does he not in the least believe that Sir Isaac Newton ever foretold any Earthquake 3 and is sure that jupiter, at the Beginning of this Year 1750, was, and is above 4oo,000,ooo Miles off the Earth, and so could not possibly have any Influence on Earthquakes here below.
Page 652, Line 12, add, The same Circumstances about the Original Sin at the Fall of Man, seem to me to have occasion’d another Memorial of it in the Days of Abraham and jacob, at least in the Family whence the Mesfiah was to spring ; I mean, when in Oaths, they put their Hand under the Thigh, Gen. xxiv. 2, 9. xlvii. 29. the Meaning of which is not unobvious, and seems to me P 4 tC)
Instructions and Advice to CATHoLicks, &c. [from their Bishop
I. O serious Christian can doubt, but that Earthquakes, whensoever they happen, and whatsoever Causes may bring them about, are indeed the handy Work of God. All Nature is his Hand-maid ; and the whole Creation is ready at his Beck to take Arms to revenge his Cause upon his Enemies, Wisd. v. 18. And we find, upon Examination, that the most dreadful of his Judgments also
are usually executed by natural Causes, which he makes the Instruments of his Justice. 2. Earthquakes are justly looked upon as Indications of the Wrath of God, enkindled against his People by their Sins. So the Holy Fathers understood them. [St. Gregory, Homily. 35.] So the Church understands them in her Colle&ts appointed to be read on those Occasions. They are reckoned up by our Lord himself amongst the Beginnings of Sorrows, the Forerunners of the last and most dreadful Judgment of God upon impenitent Sinners, Matt. xxiv. 7, 8. 3. We have then too much Reason to apprehend that these late Earthquakes are Tokens that God is at present angry with us; and that theSword of his Justice is actually hanging over our Heads, and threatning us with the worst of his Judgments. And what else indeed can any one expect, who seriously reflećts on the Multitude and Enormity of the Blasphemies, Perjuries, and other crying Sins, that are so common among all Sorts of People: Sins more heinous in the Sight of God, than the very Crimes that drew down his Wrath upon Sodom ; and committed with so much Audaciousness and Impunity, as if it were in Defiance of Heaven: Besides that general Lewdness, Injustice, profane Swearing, and other Vices which every-where reign, together with an utter Contempt of all Religion, and Profanation of all that is sacred. And though we flatter ourselves that those who are of the Houshold of Faith are much more free than their Neighbours, from the Generality of these crying Evils ; yet, when we consider