out the Clergy Advice: but now they must be afraid to Speak: A worthy Friend of mine some Time since, did but touch on Subjection to the higher Powers, and he was soon whipt up in print, with an Aire becoming a Son of Thunder.
Laym. Formerly there were many Grave and Wise Ministers ; now there are but few. Besides the People are more knowing and don't need so much Advice. It May be your Friend (whoever he was) went too far with his Digression.
Cler. He did but gently Chastise a Scribbler of the Low Tribe, who wrote a Pamphlet to villify our Order.
Laym. Did some of your Order meddle with that which was not their Business: and when they do so, is it strange if they are Expos'd?
Cler. Our Business is, to lift tip our Voice like a Trumpet, against growing Iniquity, and to Exhort every Soul to be Subject to the higher Powers: and we must do our Duty let Men say what they will.
Laym. The Clergy have no Business with innoculation, considered as a Practice in Physick. Dr. Cotton Mather observes, (Bonifa. p.105.) that "in some Reformed Churches, they do not permit a Minister of the Gospel to practice as a Physician, because either of those Callings is ordinarily enough to find a full Employment for him that faithfully follows it. And I am sure their Work being of a Spiritual Nature, is directly opposite to matters of State. Hear what the excellent Bishop Burnet saith; ----- the "Clergy, says a certain Author, had their Shere allow'd them wherein to Shine; but when they descend to the lower Regions, they degenerate to pernicicious Meteors.---The wisest Governments "have always excluded their Clergy from Affairs of State; from whence they have received the double Benefit, of having their Ghostly occasions better Serv'd, and their Temporal Concerns less Embroil'd; for of all Men living they have the worst Politicks — Whether it be or not, (says a judicious Person,) that the Clergy are not so well fitted by Education as others for Political Affairs, I know not; tho' I should think they have an Advantage above others, and if they would but even keep to the Bible, might make the best Ministers of State in the World.--- yet it is generally observ'd that Things Miscarry under their Government. If their be any Council more Precipitate, more Violent, vigorous and Extream than other, it is theirs. Truly I think the reason that God does not bless them in Affairs of State, is because he never intended them for that Employment.--- yet there are the Men that must be cutting us out Schemes of Politicks, Prescribing Government, &c.
, August 18. The Affairs of Religion even perplexes this Court; The Emperor has sent repeated Mandates and Letters to the Elector Palatine, and also Ambassadors or Envoys, to press him to do Justice to the Protestants his Subjects. On the other Hand, the Elector as often sends an Answer, that he has effectually commanded all his Officers to put the Imperial Mandates in Execution; that they in return have assur'd him, that they have done so, & yet the Protestant Agents complain too at the Imperial Court, that their Grievances are not redress'd, but that they are rather increas'd; so there is no end of affirming and complaining. They say now, that Prince Eugene of Savoy has promised to interest himself in the Affair , and that he will endeavour to oblige the Elector to set more serously about it, and to find out some means whereby his Officers may be oblig'd to a more dutiful Regard to his Order, and the Out-crys of his Protestant Subjects.
London, Sept, 7. Last Saturday Morning, the Cirencester flying Stage Coach, Which set out between 12 and 1, was stop'd by two Highwaymen at Knights-Bridge: there happen'd at that Time to be Six Passegers in it, and among the rest a Sister
of the Quakers, who told the Highwaymen, she wonder'd how they could be so troublesom to travelling Friends; but one of them clap'd a Pistol to her Breast, and with an Oath told her he was in halt; upon which she reply'd, Prithee Friend take away thy Bauble, I have nothing but a few Farthings about me. Another Person in the Coach had provided a green Purse with 4s. 6 d. in it, which she seem'd very loth to part with, and with they with Joy receiv'd. At the earnest Request of a Third, they return'd a key, and at last rode off, but very little heavier than they came.
Boston, Jan. 22. Last Week died one of the Indian Hostages (mention'd in our last) of the small Pox at Cambridge.
They write from N.H-mp-re, that the High Sheriff of that Province, finding one of the Courants, No. 21 in a Publick House there, and fearing it Might infect the Inhabitants with a desire of Liberty, seiz'd it as a Publick Disturber, and (according to Custom) without any Legal Tryal, acted the Part of a common Hangman in committing it to the Flames.
Letters from Nantucket assure us, that the small Pox spread very much there.
They write from Martha's Vineyards that a mortal Fever rages very much there, and that Capt. Thomas Chace and his Daughter lately dy'd of it after three
Days illness. We hear from Hingham that several Families there are ill of the Measles.
By Order of the select-Men of Boston. The Number of Persons buried in the Town, dyed of the Small Pox, from the middle of April last, to the 20th of January Instant, 1721, and the several Months they were buried in, having been care fully taken, is as follows
|Month of ||May||1|
|To the 20th of ||January||3|
In all, 841
Custom House, Boston. No Vessels Entered Inwards last Week.
Thomas Porter, John Mackathur, and John Pick for South Carolina, Richard Huskins and John Peck for Jamaica, Thomas King, and Roger Dench for Barbadoes, Edward Cooper, and Edward Messeroy for West Indies.
Daniel Wair Sloop Paradox for Newport and Connecticut.
Whereas the Great and General Court, in their Sessions at Cambridge (May, 1721.) have Enacted: (in one Clause of the Excise Act) That Every Taverner, Victualler Inholder and Retailer shall after the 29th of June 1721. take an exact Account of all Rhum, Brandy and other Distilled spirits, and Wine then by him, and give an Account of the same to the Commissioner upon Oath. The like Account to be given by such other Persons as shall be Licensed during the continuance of this Act, of what Rhum, Brandy, or other distilled Spirits and Wine, they Shall have at the Time of their License. These are therefore to notify all the Taverners, Inholders, Common Victuallers and Retailers in the Town of, Boston, that they make out and deliever unto Mr. Alexander Miller (appointed Deputy by William Dudley, Esq;) such Account as before mentioned in the Act, by or before the 29th Day of this Instant January, at the Dwelling House of Mr. Alexander Miller in Moon Street, who (for the Ease and Conveniency of said Traverners, &c.) is impowered to receive the same. Dated at Roxbury December 30, 1721. And in the Eighth Year of His Majesty's Reign.
WILLIAM DUDLEY, Commissioner
All Persons indebted to the Estate of Robert, Calef, late of Roxbury, deceas'd, are desired to pay Their respective Debts to Joseph Cales in Water Street, Boston, Administer to whom those who have any Claims on the Said Estate may apply themselves for Payment.