In the last Place he says, I cannot but advise the Supporter of this Courant, to consider the Consequences of being partakers in other Men's Sins, and no more to countenance such wicked Paper. (He might have added, as I have done.)
Here I may justly observe, that if I may lawfully print the Courants, then I may as lawfully get my Living by selling them; and the Doctor may as well publish an Advertisement to advise Persons not to buy Goods of any Particular Merchant Shopkeeper, as to advise them not to countenance the Courant. I desire him to consider how it would be taken, if upon a Misunderstanding, between any Particular Minister and my self, I should publickly advise his People not to hear him, or contribute to his Support.
I shall conclude with saying, that the Doctor's great Age, his exemplary Piety, and the Consideration of his being impos'd on by others, would have prevented my Making any Remarks on his Advertisement, if my own Character had not been intimately concern'd in it.
I would likewise the Enemies of the Courant not to publish anything more against it, unless they are willing to have it continu'd: What they have already done has been resented by the Town so much to my Advantage, that above Forty Persons have Subscrib'd for the Courant since the first of January, many of whom were before Subscribers for the other Paper: And by one Advertisement more, the Anti-Couranteers will be in great Danger of adding Forty more to my List by the first of March.
P.S. In a Pamphlet Lately Publish'd under Colour of vindicating the Ministers, I find all Persons are again advis'd not to countenance the Courant; and those who do so, are threatened with Severe Judgements from heaven. I shall take Notice of what concerns my self in my next, if a profane Son of Corah, a child of the old Serpent, & c. may be allow'd to defend himself.
The Reader is desired to Observe that in the following Letter, those passages which are Comma'd are taken from a Sermon of the Rev. Mr. Foxcrost's, intitled, A Practical Discourse relating to the Gospel Ministry.
Miseras imimicat Urbes, Hor.
To the Author of the New-England Courant.
As the Dispensers of the Gospel in their Publick Preaching ought not (like Fawning Parasites) "to Daub and Palliate, to Prophecy smooth Things, and sow Pillows, tempering their Speech to the corrupt Palate, and the Itching Ear". So when they undertake to convince Gainsayers, "they must take Care not charge Persons at random, or on every light Occasion. They must take heed ----- how they denominate any Act a Crime by an ill Gluso, on perverse Innouendos: and then they must see to it, they go upon substantial Grounds, and plain Matter of Fact, and beware how they draw the Bow upon bare Surmise, or doubtful Report, and hear-say, least all be Stigmatiz'd as meddling Curiosity, or unchristian Calumny.
Ministers may not foist their own Whims and Notions into the Pulpit; much less may they Vent their own Spleen, and Revenge their private Quarrels there. Railing Billings-gate Language is a Disgrace to the Stage, and Much More so to the Sacred Place of Thunder; For let that be once admitted, what Infinite Confusions will the World soon be involv'd in! Moreover, when Men go to the Publick Worship, They will scarce know, whether it be to hear the Gospel, or to be Huss'd and Bug-bear'd; to be "outrag'd with Magisterial Censures, and Unmannerly Satyr". Indeed, were the Christian Religion, to be Propagated, like the Mahometan, with Fire and Sword, such Preaching would be well enough adapted to serve its interests; but surely, it is contrary to the Scope of the Gospel, (that mild and gentle Dispensation,) to the Example of the Prince of Peace, and highly unbecoming his Embasssadors. Therefore when they are delivering the Divine Message, they should "lay aside all hard Speeches, 'and grievous words which do but stir up anger, and lanch out Men's Inflamed resentments. They may 'contend earnestly for the Faith, and not Charge with 'thunder, or spit the vemon of untemper'd zeal, which 'is the grand original of most of those sad confusions, 'that ever infested Christian World.--- When Men 'carry (into the Pulpit) the poison of Asp under their 'Lips, and are all wild-fire and flame, waspish and 'hussy, the strange unhallowed incense of their 'stormy passion, and opprobrious Invectives will 'darken the air, cloud the light, and make the truth of God of none effect"
Ministers should perswade Men, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ; but the reverse of this, tends to obstruct their Ministry, and Prejudice Men against their Persons; it tends to abase "the majesty of the Pulpit, degrade the dignity of a venerable institution, and put a strong temptation before some to cry out, --- This foolishness of preaching! What would the Babler say"? Yea, it tends to make Men resolve even Religion it self into nothing but superstitious whimsy, 'or mere frenzy, and think all their most zealous Sermons upon it are but imposture and a mock-shadow, the bubling of a disturbed fancy, or the bablings of cunning hypo-
crisy; that they do but act a Part, and preach only because tis their occupation, and by this craft they get their living & so branding 'all as religious policy, to prepare and pave the way to filthy lucre, supporting that gain is all their godliness.
But mildness and gentleness in Preachers, admirably Corresponds to the Example of Christ, who was meek and lowly; the most Transcendent Pattern for Ministers to copy after: It will render their Persons amiable, and is most likely to recommend their Preaching to the Love and Esteem of their bearers.
Ministers then, must "study to compose their looks and form their behaviour to the utmost decency and solemn air, as they wou'd not deseat their great design, unravel their Work, and prevent the good entertainment of their Message"
Petersburgh, September 1. The Czar has cause'd to be engrav'd a new Hydrographical Chart of the Captain Sea, according to the Observations of the Geographers and Astronomers whom his Czarish Majesty sent thither two Years ago, to take an account of the Situation and Course of the Coasts of that Sea, and to mark out the exact Latitudes of them. Some of those who were sent on this Errand have reported since their Return, that they went 150 Leagues up into the Country on the N.E. Side of that Sea, where they found a large Stone Edifice above half cover'd with Sand, whose Fabrick or Manner of Building well nigh resembles that of the Ruins of the ancient Persepolis: That within it they found Presses made of a black and very hard Wood, in which were shut up above 3000 Volumes bound in the Shape of large Books in Qarto, whose Leaves that were a quarter of an Inch thick, were of a blue Colour, and written with white Characters: That they would have brought away this Library, but the Superstitious inhabitants of the Country would not let them; because regarding that Structure as a Consecrated Monument, they should think themselves guilty of profaning it, if they Suffer'd any thing to be taken from it. The Muscovite Travellers nevertheless found Means of filching away three of the Volumes, which they have brought hither, where no one can be found who can decypher the Characters; and therefore the Czar has been obliged to order the first Pages of those Books to be copy'd that they may be sent to the Learned in France and England, to see if they can make any Thing of them. The Learned of this Country conjecture, that the Place where this Building stands, is that where formerly stood the Capital of the Scythians, known in old Histories by the Name of Issedon Scythica, tho' the Ancients gave it a far distant Situation.
Rome, September 9, On the Third Instant we had a furious Tempest; the Lightning fell in ten Places of this City, and set fire to several Buildings; among others to the Magazines of the Colisco, ten of which are entirely consumed.
Geneva, Sept. 28. Letters from Orange, Barbatane and Lyons say, that the Report of the Plague's being at Avigton is but too true; that it rages likewise at Bedatide, two League from thence, and that the Inhabitants of Lyons are beginning to shut themselves up in their Houses.
Boston, Feb. 5. They write from Newhaven that there was lately near that place a Child born with one Body, two Heads, four Arms and four Legs, which it's said had some Life in it at the first.
Custom House, Boston, No. Vessels arrived here last Week.
Thomas Child for Barbadoes, William Hinder for Antigua, Thomas Clifton for London, John Gerald for Amsterdam
Thomas Copping and Jonathan Rowse for North Carolina, George Coombes for Maryland.
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N.B. The Dwelling House near the Town Dock In Corn-Market, belonging to said Estate to be let on reasonable Terms.
A servant Maid's Time for Three Years And an half to be dispos'd of on reasonable Terms. Esquire of the Printed hereof.
All Persons indebted to the Estate of Robert Calef, late of Roxbury, deceas'd, are desired to pay their respective Debts to Joseph Calef in Water-Street, Boston, Administer, to whom those who have any claims on the said Estate may apply themselves for payment.
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