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It wou'd be a kind of Miracle if they did. SECT. IV,
The Croud within Doors liften'd attentively
to the Doctrine of Jefus : and it is very un-
likely, that a Man lying upon a Bed, carry'd
by four Perfons, cou'd be brought into the
midft of a Room crouded as full as it
cou'd hold. The Multitude without Doors
might confift partly of fick People on their
Beds, with their Attendants ; and partly of
thofewho waited to fee them cured, when Jefus
came forth. Now we may be furc that
thofe who attended the other Sick wou'd
not remove from the Door to make way
for the Paralytick: but wou'd ftay as
near to the Door as they couM that
when Jefus came out, he might lay his
Hands upon the Sick, and heal them.

M. This is all Conjecture. The Evan-
gclifts fay nothing of any Sick that lay a-
bout the Door of the Houfe.

N. Nor do they mention feveral other
Circumftances relating to this Story. Your
charge againft it runs fo high, that I need
only fuggeft fuch a view of the Tranfaction
as is foffible and confident. You aflert that
it is abfurd, incredible and impofltble to be
true : for that muft be the meaning of its
being notorioujly contradictory fo Senfe and
Reafon. But your Proof of this charge
confifts only of fome Queftions, about fuch
Circumftances of the Fact as the Evange-
lijis have not fo fully inlarged upon as
they might have done. Now to anfwer
your Queftions, I can only be obliged to
fuppofe fuch Circumftances as are confident
with thofe the Evangelifts mention ; and might
poflibly have been true. For if the Fact be bare-



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SECT. IV. lypqfjible^ the Evidence for it is fo full and
^"V"^ flrong,that it cannot reafonably be rejected.
M. You ought to fuppofe fuch Circurn-
ilances as are not only pofllble, but pro-
bable too.

TV. Tho' I might difpute this Point with
you, I need not at prefent: becaufe what
I fuppofe is no more than happen' d upon
other occafions : and this is enough to mow
that it was probably fo in the prefent Cafe.
DH-C, 4 . P. pn ta ke no Advantage of Mr. JF.'s Con-
ceflion as to this very Point j but rather
mow you that he had Reafon to make
ch. i. j*, it. St. Mark tells us that when Jefus
33> was in the fame Town of Capernaum^

and probably at the fame Houfe, where he
ufed to be, '.'. People brought to him all
" that were difeafed, and them that were pof-
" fefs't with Devils ; and that all the City
" were gather'd together at- the Doors"-,
where no doubt., the . Difeafed were laid:
(for fince there ? was a Multitude about
the Door ; we may be fure the Houfe
was full ; as in the Cafe of the Paralytick.)
On this occafion " Jefus healed many that
" were Sick of diverfe Difeafes , and caft
<c but many Devils". I only fuppofe here
that the Difeafed lay at the Door of the
Houfe, or in the Streets : which was com-
monly done on fuch occafions. For the
Sl' vi ' Jf> f ame Evangelift tells us that " Whitherfo-
ever Jefus enter'd into Villages, or Citys,
or Country, they laid the Sick in the
Streets, and befought him that they
might touch if it were but the Border
of his Garment : and as many as touch't
him were made whole ".

M. It



Our SAVIOUR'* Miracles. 189

M. It will 6e eafy to anfwer the flrongeft SECT. IV.
Objections imaginable, if you may be allowed
to fuppofe what you pleafe.

N. I only fuppofe here what is reafon-
able ; and what might very probably have
been the Cafe ; fmce it was what happen'd
on the like occafions. But fuppdfmg there
were no fick Perfons at all laid about the
Door of the Houfe ; and that there was
only a mixt, various,, unruly Croud there :
is it reafonable to think that they wou'd
All agree to make room for the Paralytick
and his Bearers, when not one in forty of
them cou'd hope to fee him cured. None
but thofe who were very near Jefus cou'd fee
him touch the Paralytick ; and obferve his
immediate Recovery. And this muft have
made the People the more unwilling to
ilir ; and refolute in keeping their Sta-
tions, juft about the Door, and the Place
where Jefus was to pals through. If
thofe without the Houfe had given way
to the Pandjfak) they cou'd not pof-
fibly ex"pe6l to fee the Miracle that was
t$ be wrought within. It was therefore
their Bufincfs to keep the poor Man with-
out^ till Jefus fhou'd come to him : for then
they might have had a chance to fee him cured.
And if thofe who were juft within the Door,
hearing Jefus, had made room for the four
Men that carry'd the Paralytick's Bec\ ; they-
cou'd as little expeft to fee the Miracle,
as thofe without Doors ; and might have
loft their commodious Stations too ; fo
that they cou'd neither hear, nor fee, any
thing at all. If therefore the Croud
'without Doors, and within, had made way for

the



190 A Conference ufon

SECT. IV. the Paralytick, they muft unavoidably
V*V N ' ; have fruftrated their-own hopes of feeing
the Miracle wrought. And it is fo far
from being incredible to fuppofe that they
would not make room for him ; that it
is really abfurd to think that they wou'd.
I have now difpatch't your firft Abfurdity ;
let us hear the next.

Difc. 4.?: M. It is faid the poor Paralytick with
his Bearers cou'd not get to the Door of
the Houfe for the prefs ; and therefore in
all hafte is he haul'd to the top of the Houfe ;
and let down thro' a breach of the Roof
into the Room where Jefus was. But
what need was there of fuch hafte and
pains to get to him for a Cure? It was
but waiting a while, not many Hours ; and
in all Probability, the Tumult muft have
been appeas'd ; and accefs eafily had to
him. But that the Bearers of the Paralytick
fhou'd enterprise a trouble and difficulty
that cou'd not require lefs rime than the
Tumult cou'd be fuppofed to Jaft, is a
little ftrange^ and fomewhat incredible.

N. 1 cannot but think it wou'd ha*e
look't more ftrange and incredible, if they
had tarry'd with the poor weak Man in
the midft of an unruly Croud , and let
him run the hazard of being ImotherM. If
he was the only fick Perfon at the Door
of the Houfe, there muft have been fuch
thronging and prefllng about his Bed when
Jefus came out, that it wou'd have been
more likely he fhou'd be killed in the
Croud, than cured. His Bearers at leaft
might be apprehenfive of this ; and chufe
rather to undergo any trouble and difficul-
ty*



Our SAVIOUR'* Miracle si 191

ty, than let him run fo great a hazard. There SECT. TV.
are many other Circumftances that might <XV>J.
have determin'd them to the Courfe they
took. They had perhaps waited fome
Hours already near the Houfe. It might
be towards * Evening. They might have ? see Luk.
come from fome neighbouring Town , Mf*;ia.
and were to return before Night. The JJ^ .
Paralytic!:, or one of his Bearers, might
be a particular Friend of the Mafter of the
Houfe, from whom they had Reafon to
expect the utmoft Afliftance in what they
attempted. And perhaps Jefus, being in-
form'd of the poor Man's being without
Doors waiting for a Cure, defired he might
be brought in before Him.

M. Supposing the Paralytick in fuch hafte eift. 4. *.
and danger of Life that he cou'd not wait **'
the Difperfion of the Tumult, but for want
of a free entrance at the Door is, coft
what it will, to be rais'd to the top of the
Houfe , and a Breach muft be there made
for him : the Queftion is, whether fuch an
cnterprize was or cou'd be feafible, or prac-
ticable. I have no Conception of the Pof-
fibility of it.

N. Where do you think the vaft difficulty
lay ?

M. If they cou'd not get to the Door
of the Houfe for the Croud, of confe-
quence they cou'd not come at the Sides of
it. How fhou'd they ? Over the Heads of
the People? That is not to be imagin'd.
Confequently here is another difficulty in
the Story that renders it yet more ftrange
and incredible.

N. Never,



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SECT. IV. N. Never, I dare fay, were fuch Dtffl-
**~\r*~s cultys ftarted, nor fuch Conferences drawn
before. Becaufe they cou'd not get to
the Door of the Houfe for the prefs,
therefore they cou'd not come at the Sides
of it ! How ridiculous is this. Do you
think the Mob furrounded the whole Houfe
as well as the Door of it ? Since it muft
have had more Sides than one ; if t&e Pa-
ralytick's Bearers cou'd not come near the
Side in which the Door was, they might
have gone about to another. If the Houfe
flood by itfelf, it might have four Sides.
And if it was a large Houfe in a Street, and
the Front only acceffible, as the Houfes
in London generally are ; tho' there was a
great Croud about the Door^ there might
Hill be room enough' for the Bearers to
get the Paralytick's Bed up to the top of
' the Houfe. A fpace of only nine or ten Foot
might fuffice for that.

Difc. 4. p. M. But if they had roo'm enough,
where cou'd they have Pullys, and Ropes,
and Ladders ; without which they cou'd
not hawl and heave up the Paralytick's Bed
to the top of the Houfe ? Thefe Things
were not at hand ; nor cou'd they be fud-
denly procured.

'N. The Mafter of the Houfe might
fupply them with every Thing they want-
ed.

M. If it was an Upper-room in which
Jefus was (as Commentators are generally
agreed,) the difficulty of getting up the
Man's Bed was ilill the greater.

N. The Houfe then might be about
eighteen Foot high. But if it had no up- .

per-



Our SAVIOUR'/ Miracles. i 9 j

per-room, as the Houfes in Eaftern Coun- SECT.IV.
trys are often built ; it might not be above ^OTV
eight or ten Foot high. In either Cafe
there cou'd be no great difficulty in get-
ting up a fick Man's Couch to the top of
a flat-roofM Houfe. A Ladder and a couple
of Ropes, (or one fufficiently long,) was all
that cou'd be wanted. But in cafe Jefus
was in an upper-room, as you fuppofe ; the
Stairs to it might be fo narrow, or wind-
ing, that the Paralytick's Bed cou'd not
be carryed up that way : and then there
muft have been an abfolute neceflity for let-
ting him down thro' the top of the Houfe,
in cafe Jefus defired the Paralytick might
be brought in before him 5 as he probably
did.

M. When the Bearers had got the Pa- Difc. 4, p.
ralytick to the top of the Houfe, they * 8 '
mult have had Hatchets and Hammers
(which they cou'd not provide beforehand,
not thinking of any ufe they cou'd have for
them) to uncover the Roof of the Houfe, and
breakup Tiles, Spars, and Rafters, and make
a hole capacious enough for the Man and
his Bed to be let thro'. But where was the
good-man of the Houfe all this while ?
Wou'd he fuffer his Houfe to be thus
broken up , and not command them to de-
fift from their foolilh and needlefs attempt,
till the Mob was quell'd ? Is there nothing
in all this of Difficulty and Obftru&ion in the
way of the belief of this Story ?

N. Very little befides what proceeds from

your Friend's Miftakes, and abfurd Suppofi-

tions. The Houfes of the Jews were not

ridged, but flat-roof'd, as they ftill are in o- ,

ther



194 'd Conference upon

SECT. IV. ther Eaftern Countrys. And within their
^V^J Houfes they had Stairs to go up to the
Ropf; and either a Door to go out at,
or a Hole in the Roof, with a Cover
to it, like the Hatches of a Ship , by which
they went up on the Houfe-top. In the
Eaftern Parts they often walk and fup
upon the tops o'f their Houfes, for
the Pleafure of the cool Air, and fine
Profpe&s : and fome are fo hardy as to
carry up their Beds in the hotteft Seafon,
and ly all Night upon the Roof, or Ter-
race, of the Houfe. The Paralytick's Bear-
ers cou'd therefore have no occafion to
break up Tiles, Spars and Rafters, as Mr.
W. fancy s. There was a Door already
made for them, almoft large enough to let
down the Bed. But it feems to have been
(perhaps an Inch) broader than the Door
on the Roof: and therefore with the Con-
fent and Affiftance of the Mailer of the
Houfe, they widen'd the Paflage a-little,
to let down the Couch into the Room
where Jefus was.

Difc. 4. p. M. I Ihou'd agree to this Opinion of
**' * 9 ' modern Commentators, if it were not liable
to thefe Objections, viz', That it is not
reconcileable to what St. L#&?fays, of their
ktting the Paralytick down thro' the Tiling,
with his Couch : nor hardly confiflent
with what St. Mark fays, of their uncover-
ing and breaking up the Roof of the Houfe :
which Exprefllons the Evangelifts had ne-
ver ufed, if there had been a Door for
him to defcend by.

JV. It is furprizing that your Friend

ihou'd




Our SAVIOUR'/ Miracles.

ihou'd call fuch a well-known Fact
the Jews' having flat-roof 'd Houfes, an
Opinion of Commentators. To be allured of
this, we need not confuk Drufius> or Light- p . #,
foot: there are unqueftionable Proofs of
it from Scripture. The Jews had this
exprefs Precept given them. " When Deu: Xxiii
" thou buildeft a new Houfe, then thou. 8 -
" malt make a Battlement for thy Roof,
* c that thou bring not Blood upon thine
" Houfe, if any Man fall from thence ".
This fhows that their Houfes were flat-
roof'd, and fit for People to go upon the
Roof: and that they were fecur'd by Bat-
tlements (about breaft-high) to prevent
any -one's falling down. Hence we read
of Samuel's communing with Saul upon , Sam . i*.
the top of the Houfe ; of David's walk- * f ' Sam ^
ing upon the Roof of his Palace ; and of
Abfalom's having a Tent fpreacl for him on Gh xvi ai
the top of the Houfe, that he might ly with
his Father's Concubines in the Sight of all
Ifrael. And our Saviour told his Difciples
that what they had heard in fecret they fhou'd
proclaim upon the Houfe-tops. Thefe Paf- Luk x .. ?
fages mow the true State of the Cafe: and the
Words of the Evangelijls are very confiftent
with this plain Account of it. By the Tiling^
St. Luke muft mean, the Roof of the Houfe j
wnich, tho* flat, was probably made as the
Eaftern Houfes ftill are, with Brick or Tyie
laid upon Boards, fcff. and cover'd a-top
with the belt Mortar. By uncovering the Roof
St. Mark meant their uncovering that part
of it which was the ufual Paflage to go
up on the Roofj or taking off the Cover
O 2 that



196 A Conference

SECT. IV. that was made and fitted for it: and

t*xVN/ i|bpu'|vTgfi which we render breaking-up

fignifies only their widening the Door, or

Paffage to the Roof a-little, to let the Pa-

ralytick's Bed go through.

Difc. 4. p. M* If tne Paffage was too narrow, why
*9 did they not take him out of his Couch,

and let him down in a Blanket, a Chair, or
a Basket?

N. He might be fo weak and tender
that he cou'd not bear to be taken out of his
Bed ; and far lefs to be put into fuch an
odd incommodious Pofture as you men-
tion.

M. Is it credible that the Ma-fter
of the Houfe wou'd tamely fuffer his
Roof to be broken up ; and bear with fo
much dammage without making any Op-
pofition ?

N. Without his Confent and Afliflance
nothing cou'd have been attempted. And
thefe he cou'd not reafonably refufe, confi-
dering how very little the dammage muft
have been to him. The Paralytick, or
one of his Bearers might be related, or in-
timately known, to him. Mere Humanity
and Companion might incline him to af-
fift and favour fuch a pitiable diftrefs't
Object. Or he might do it out of refpeet
to Jefus, who probably defired that the
Paralytick might be brought into the Room ;
without determining how they Ihou'd do
it.

M. Why did not Jefus to prevent
Ib much trouble and dammage to the
Houfe, afcend thro* the Door you fuppofe

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Our S A v I o u R'.r Miracles. 197

there was to the top of it, and there SECT. TV
fpeak the healing Word to this poor Man ? ( -^V^
To fay that Jefus cou'd not, or wou'd
not go up to him, I wou'd not, for fear
of an Imputation of Blafphemy againft me.

N. If he had gone up to the Houfe -
top, and cured the Man there ; the Mi-
racle cou'd not have been fo fublick as
was neceffary,

M. Cou'd not Jefus have deli red, pr wit. 4 . p.
even forced, the People to make way for
the Paralytick and his Bearers to come in
at the Door of the Houfe ? Being omni-
potent, he might either by force, or per-
fwafion^ have made the Croud however
mobbilh to retreat. And why did he not?
This is the moft incredible Part of the
whole Story, that reflects on the Wifdom,
the Power and Goodnefs of Jefus. And
I think it is impoffible for Divines with all
their Wit, Penetration, and Sagacity to get
over it.

N. It wou'd probably have required a
miraculous Power to aw and influence fuch
a tumultuous Croud as was within the
Houfe, and about the Door. And it was
contrary to Wifdom for Jefus to work a
Miracle, when the fame End cou'd be bet-
ter obtain'd by natural means. Or if a
Miracle had not been neceflary to make
way for the Paralytick : yet it wou'd have
difturb'd the whole Audience, to have
brought him in thro* the Croud : and fome
time at leaft muft have been loft ; which
Jefus employed better in inflrucling his nu-
merous Hearers within.

Q 3 M. Why



198 A Conference upon

SECT. iv. M. Why then did he not go out to the

V-' X VW Door, and cure the poor Man in the
Prefence of the Multitude ?

N. Becaufe the proper Witnefifes who were
to fee the Miracle, cou'd not have been there.
M. What Witnefies do you mean ?

Luk i'' ?' ^' ^^ e Bribes and Pharifees and Doftors of
r ' I7 ' the Law, who werefittingby Jefus ; and had
come out of every Town of Galilee^ and
Judea, and Jerufalem.

M. They might have followed Jefus
to the Door to fee the Miracle.

N. But it was uncertain whether they
wou'd or not. They probably came to
Jefus 9 not to be convinced of his Doctrine,
but to cavil at it : and therefore might ra-
ther chufe not to have feen fuch an un-
queftionable Miracle as his curing the Pa-
ralytick. However they were moil unex-
ceptionable Witnefles: and it was expedi-
ent and neceffiiry that the Miracle mou'd
be wrought in their Prefence. It was fit
that they mou'd fee the Paralytick before
his Cure, as well as after it i and there
was no way fo proper for this, as letting
him down by Ropes thro' the Door, or
Paffage to the Roof of the Houfe. If
Jefus had either gone out to cure him at
the Door ; or forced the Croud to make way
for him and his Bearers to come in; it
wou'd have difturb'd the whole Afiembly:
and the Pharifees and Scribes cou'd not eafily
have had their proper Seats, near Jefus 9
to fee the Miracle. But as the matter

LI*, v- 1?. was mannag'd, the Man was let down into
the midft of them before Jefus. By this

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Our S A v I o u R *s Miracles'. 1 9 9

means they had leifure and a fair oppor- SECT. IV.
tunity, to fee the Paralytick's weak and ^^v^->
helplefs Cafe. Some of them might know
him : and all muft have been convinced
of his miraculous Cure. Jeftis firit faid
to him, Son, be of good cheer, thy Sins are Ver. 20.
forgiven thee e Upon which the Pharifees
began to reafon for conclude) within them-
felves, that Jefus blafphemed ; becaufe he
took upon him to forgive Sins , which they
thought no Perfon cou'd do but God only.
This gave Jefus an opportunity of mow-
ing them his divine or fupernatural Know-
ledge, by telling them their fecret Thoughts :
for he faid to them, why reafon ye (or
think evil] in pur Hearts ? Mate. ix. 4.

T. This was no fatisfactory Proof of
his fupernatural Knowledge, or difcoveripg
the Secrets of their Hearts. He might
have heard them Reafoning among them-
felves. 'Ev (which I reckon is the Prepofi-
tion ufed here) fignifys among, as well
as within. So that he might perceive, or know
the Thoughts of their Hearts by hearing
them fpeak foftly one to another. St.
Luke only fays that the Scribes and Pha- CH. v. .
rifees began to reafon, or argue: which
fuppofes that they fpake ; and that Jefus
might over-hear them.

Jv. St. Luke's, meaning appears clearly
from the following Words ; what Reafon
ye in your Hearts ? The three Evangelifts
agree in this, that it was not the outward
Reafoning or Difcourfe of the Pharifees,
but their fecret Thoughts that Jefus per-
ceived, and found fault with. St. Mat-
O 4



200 A Conference upon

SECT. IV. tbew tells us that Jefus knowing their
J^5f7r' Thoughts, faid, wherefore think ye evil in
your Hearts ; and St. Mark too fpeaks of
a. ii. s . the reafoning of their Hearts ; and fays
that Jefus perceiv'd in (or by) his Spirit,
(and not by hearing,) that they fo reafoned
within them/elves ; and ask't them, " Whe-
" ther is it eafyer to fay to the Sick of
" the Palfy, thy Sins are forgiven thee ; or
41 to fay, arife; take up thy Bed and walk?
" But that ye may know that the Son of
" Man hath Power [or Authority] on Earth,
" to forgive Sins ; (he faith to the Sick
" of the Palfy,) I fay unto thee, arife, and
" take up thy Bed, and go thy way un-
" to thine Houfe. And immediately he
" arofe, took up the Bed, and went forth
" before them all : infomuch that they
" were all amazed and glorifyed God,
Mat. 1*9. "who had given fuch Power to Men'*.
It is impoffible to defcribe, or conceive
the transporting Joy of the poor Man ;
the pleating "Wonder of the Multitude ; or
the perplexing Amazement of the Phari-
. fees, and the Confufion they were covered
with, on this occafion. They had proba-
bly been difputing with Jefus concerning
his Doctrine, his Miracles, and Authori-
ty j and had urged all their ufual Cavils
againft them ; which were at once confuted
by the Paralytuk'z being providentially
brought in, and miraculoufly cured before
their Eyes. Here was no room for far-
ther cavilling. Their Senfes fhowed them
the Man's Diftemper and languifhing Con-
dition. The ftrength qf Imagination cou'd

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Our SAVIOUR'^ Miracles. 2 o i

here do no thing towards his Cure. There were SECT. IV.
no means ufed. Jefus firft convinced them
of his divine Knowledge, by difcloiing to
them their fecret Thoughts, and rea-
foning, upon what he had faid: and then,
to convince them likewife of his divine
Power and Authority, he exprefsly A$-
peals to the Miracle he was going to work ;
and in a Moment reftored the Paralytick
to perfect Health.

M. You will excufe my leaving you,
Gentlemen. This Room is too clofe ; I muft
take a little frcfh Air.

3". We will follow you, Sir.

N. What invincible Prejudices mufl a
Man labour under, and how deplorable is
the State of his mind, when he Ihuts his
Eyes againft Conviction, (as your Friend
feems to do j) and wou'd rather fay, or
fuffer, any thing whatever, than own him-
felf to be in a miftake. All you can hope
to do with fuch a Man is to filence
him. If he had Senfe enough to be con-
vinced of his Errors, he has not Candour
enough to acknowledge them. He is fuch
an implicit Follower of Mr. W y that he
believes every thing be fays. He has
got all his Difcourfes by heart ; and re-
peats his Objections almoft verbatim : nay,
he is fo weak as to feem pleafed with the
Introduction to his Cavils againft the Cure
of the Paralytick ; tho* it is fo extrava-
gantly foolifh, fo full of Triumph, and
an infolent Contempt of Mankind, that I
thought it cou'd not but fink his Credit;
with his fondeft Admirers. Never was

fuch



1202 A Conference upon

SECT. IV. fuch a Preamble made to fuch frivolous
anc i trifling Objections. You will allow
me now to call them trifling, and to
triumph a little in my turn: for I have
Ihown you that there is nothing in the
whole Story that reflects in the lead ei-
ther upon the Wifdom, Power, or Good-
nefs of Jejus : but that all of them were
remarkably difplay'd in ordering the Cirr-
cumftances of the Paralytick's Cure in the
manner that the Evaxgelifts have related.

< f. Mr. Jfs ftrong Imagination leads
him to exaggerate Things too much -, and
to talk in the hyperbolical ftrain. This gives
his Adverfarys a great advantage over
him. He is generally moft pofitive in his
Afiertions when his Proofs are weakeft :
and he talks with leaft Aflurance when
he has fomething that is plaufible to
offer.

j?V. I own he has Wit enough, fuch as
it is : but furely no Man ever argued more
weakly than he does. One wou'd think
he hoped to jeer People out of their
Senfes, as well as their Faith ; and to pro-
mote his wild Notions by mere Clamour,
and Scolding, and a matchlefs Aflurance. He
may delude the ignorant and thoughtlefs : but
he can never influence thofe who have Senfe
enough to diftinguim betwixt Raillery, and
Reafoning ; a fpiteful Jeft, and a folid Ar-
gument. You will excufe my fpeaking fo
freely, Sir, of one whom you are pleafed
to call your Friend.

2". *I once admired him much : but
he finks dayly in my efteem. He is a

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