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AKE this Inscription, as it was drawn up
by Mr. Killingworth, verbatim, as it occurs in a Letter he wrote to me dated at Norwich, May 11, 1749.
IN MEMORY OF
BY WHOSE FAITH IN GOD,
IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS;
AND DIED IN THE FIRM Belief of A RESURRECTION TO AN HAPPY IMMORTALITY,
THE GIFT OF THE
vi FEBRUARY, MDCCXXX-I,
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 contradict such an idle and groundless Report in an Advertisement, upon March 14, 1750, in the Daily Advertiser, in the Words following:
Mr. Wbiston gives notice, That though he expećts many more Earthquakes in the World, within a Year, or two at the farthest, before the Restoration of the Jews, as Signals of its Approach, and of the horrible Miseries the wicked Part of the Jews and Christians will be subject 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 ; and is sure that Jupiter, at the Beginning of this Year 1750, was, and is above 400,000,000 Miles off the Earth, and so could not possibly have any InAuence 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 Mensorial of it in the Days of Abraham and Jacob, at least in the Family whence the Messiah was to fpring; 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
to have had the like Meaning with Circumcision already set down.
N.B. The two Notes at the End of my most im . portant additional Sheet upon the Revelation, refering to the same as here inserted, are omitted, as unnecessary Repetitions, Page 45, Line 23, add, See also the two last very large and remarkable Chapters of 4 Esdras, which seem to belong to these Times also. Page 58, Line 26, add, besides the last Earthquake, on Thursday, Aug. 23, at Clumber, at Grantham, at Lyndon, at Lincoln, and Stamford, &c. Page 149, Line 12, for fix read seven. Page 181, Line
dele within the Bills of Mortality.
Instru&tions and Advice to CATHO
LICKS, 8°c. [from their Bishop in London.]
I. O serious Christian can doubt, but that
Earthquakes, whenfoever 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 bis Enemies, Wisd. v. 18. And we find, upon Examination, that the most dreadful of his Judgments
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 Collects appointed to be read on those Occasions. They are reckoned up by our Lord himself amongst the Beginnings of Sor. rows, 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 the Sword 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 reflects 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 fatter 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 their Sins in another Light, as committed with greater Knowledge, and by them that have been more highly favoured, and as attended too often with a facrilegious Abuse of our most tremendous Mysteries, we cannot but apprehend an Aggravation in them, which is exceedingly provoking in the Sight of the Almighty, whose Judgment usually begins at bis own House, 1 Pet. iv. 17. and the Execution of bis Justice at his own San&tuary, Ezek. ix. 6.
4. But as we are convinced on the one Hand, that our Sins cry aloud for Justice; and that it is purely owing to the incomprehensible Patience and Forbearance of our good God, that we have not long since been utterly destroyed ; as innumerable Cities have been, that in all Appearance were not half so guilty ; so, on the other Hand, we cannot but look upon ourselves, as highly indebted to his infinite Goodness, that instead of commanding us to be fwallowed up on a sudden, under all our Guilt, he has sent us these late Shocks as merciful Warnings to withdraw us from our Sins, by the Apprehension of his impending Judgments, and so bring us, like the Ninevites, to a serious Conversion, and Change of Life.
5. We are then threatened indeed, as Nineveh was ; but, through the Mercy of God, may escape as Nineveh did ; if, like Nineveh, we take Warning from these Indications of the divine Wrath, and turn in like Manner from our evil Ways. It is what the Church of God invites all her Children to do at this penitential Time : To turn to the Lord with