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Piccadilly, 17th Nov. 1793. SIR,
I was duly honoured last night with your answer to my Letter; and I humbly thank you for your early attention to it. I assure you, kind sir, this is a mark of regard or of favour, I could not have by any means expected, much less merited from so great a man as Mr. Huntington.
But I am rather of opinion that this indulgence was more my chance than my fate; and that I am more indebted to Joseph the steward, than great King Pharaoh, for such kindness.
I confess, I expected that when Jehudi, or Jehu had read the roll, that the penknife and the fire' would have been its fate, as it was with that of poor Jeremiah's. However, the king's fire on the hearth perhaps was not burning, or his knife not in his hand: but be this as it may, my letter has escaped the doom of many which has lately been received by this great king; this is known by his honest confession. Thus far, sir, I humbly thank you for this kind preference.
You inform me in the first place that you have ordered the letter, sent to me, to be printed: this is fully as wise a step, and will undoubtedly be as much to your credit as it was to write such a letter to a person you know so little of.
You are also extremely judicious in making
yourself the plaintiff as it is always best so in a bad cause; but remember, sir, that in all courts of law, and more especially in equity, it is required, not only to make your declaration, but you must also state your case, produce your evidence, and prove your facts, or the facts you have complained of in such declaration: this, honest sir, I give you by way of friendly hint, or a caution that you may be on your guard, and not give direction to your printer to publish your own shame. For consider, sir, great things will certainly be expected from a person in your eminent situation, much more just things; and as I mean to do you all possible justice, both I, and the court in which this cause will appear, will no doubt expect the same, before you will be entitled to a verdict.
You are like most men who are fond of law, suits and sending challenges, always conclude you shall come off victorious; but pray, good sir, be not too hasty in these matters, for your trial is not yet before the court of men, although it is before the court of heaven, which court is that to which I have made my appeal in this matter.
If your printer is your friend, and an honest man, he will advise you as I have done, first to state, then to prove, and then direct him to publish to the world and to God, what were the real reasons or facts, on which you ground the accusations in your infamous letter of date. I think, sir, it would have been well for you, if you
had sent me a sheet of paper all blank, rather than what you did send.
I am, Sir,
P.S. You acquainted me likewise that you will answer all my letters if I write 10000. I pray sir, let these answers be such as will not wound God's cause, and disgrace you as your first has done; and I tell you again you had better feed your flock with the bread of life.
You say also, that you are not ashamed of your gospel; nor yet a shame to it: you did well in calling it your gospel, for I am certain was it the gospel of God, of peace, or of Christ, it would be much ashamed of this your conduct, and reprove you for it. I say again as a friend, be cautious what you both write and print, for your own, and God's sake, as you have not a novice to do with.
To MR. BRAMAH.
I have received your extraordinary answer to my extraordinary letter. As to the date and place being omitted in mine, is of no consequence; my name is enough, with the contents of the letter, to convince Mr. Bramah who sent it.
You have long heard me in public insist that thatever blessed Immanuel, who manifested himself to me, and brought life and immortality to light in my soul, is, from everlasting to everlasting, God, in every sense of that great and terrible word, or name; which glorious doctrine, by God's help, I hope ever to defend to the utmost of my abilities.
You ask by what authority I have given you such an unwarrantable insult.
I have, sir, a commission to write in defence of truth; and if that be an insult, my authority and warrant are, First, from my Divine Master; Secondly, from the scriptures of truth; Thirdly, from the laws of my country, which give me a toleration; and Fourthly, from the articles of the national church, to which I subscribed. All these authorize me to contend for the faith of the saints to defend truth, and to stop the mouth of a gainsayer.
As for such a Saviour as the Arians and Socinians talk about, I know nothing of. There is no such Messiah in heaven, nor yet in the bible; nor did any of the prophets ever preach such an one; nor did any of the righteous Jews ever expect such an one to come. The glorious God that appeared to Adam in Eden, to Abraham on the plains of Mamre, to Jacob at Bethel, to Moses in the bush, and to Isaiah on his throne, appeared to me also, as the searcher of hearts and trier of reins; and gave me the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of my sins. This ever blessed God and Saviour we know; but, as for all other saviours talked of by Arians and Socinians, we know not whence they be; nor do we believe that they have, or ever had, any existence but in the heads of unconverted men.
You have given me, sir, no personal affront. I know nothing of your character or conduct in life; and, as you stand not in church fellowship with us, I have nothing to do with these things. But, as you have twice mentioned a desire to join us in church fellowship, I was very observant, when in your company, of your conversation; and, upon the whole, found nothing of repentance, or that savoured of humbling grace. You had plenty of words, but they were not seasoned with salt; much talk, but little to the purpose; no experience, no power; consequently I found no union, and was determined in my own mind not to receive you into church communion with us, without some better discovery of a work of grace, or what the scriptures call a reason of the hope that is in them.
While doing the work of the chapel, you insinuated that you should give something towards the alteration, and would deduct it out of the bill when paid. This I endeavoured to prevent, by discharging your bill of eighty-two pounds at the time it was sent, and by desiring my dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. Baker, not to receive a mite from you on that account. And for this reason; as I did not think I had ever sowed any spiritual things