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in your heart, I had no right to reap your carnal things. However, you afterwards called twice at Mr. Baker's, offering money; which was refused, agreeable to my desire. You then sent me a polite letter, with a draft for eight pounds enclosed; which I laid by, determining not to use it; for, as I disliked your religion, so I was resolved not to keep your money, or to lay myself under any obligation to you on that account. I therefore returned it, that you might receive damage by us in nothing
You tell me that you have ordered my letter to be printed verbatim, which you intimate will appear to my shame. I would wish Mr. Bramah in this matter to please himself, only granting me the same liberty with his answers; which must, no doubt, do him much honour, they are so nervous, so correct, so pointed, so convincing, so establishing, so consistent, and so conclusive!
You say that, when I wrote to you, I was either intoxicated or mad, or under the influence of Lucifer. There is nothing in my letter that comes up to this evil report, nor do I believe it contains any thing but scriptural truth. But supposing it to be the effect of madness, then pray under what influence did Mr. Bramah write the following lofy expressions in answer : . It is not, sir, your skipping about the bible for high words about the divine He, the eternal Jehovah, and the like stuff, that will not at all convince me,' &c. &c. If this is stuff, the bible is full of it. Let Mr. Bramah
take care how he draws out a wide mouth and sports here; this is a dangerous ground for contempt. Is my asserting that Christ is a divine person, and the eternal Jehovah, the effect of madness or intoxication? If he is not God, what is to become of Mr. Bramah? No man can redeem his brother; no man can pay to God a ransom for him; no man can quicken his own soul; nor are we to trust in an arm of flesh, or in the son of man, in whom there is no help; vain is the salvation of man. The scriptures declare that the great Redeemer, who laid down his life a ransom for many; who quickens and raises dead sinners to life; who is the object of all the saints' hope, confidence, and trust; and who is the object of angels' and of Zion's worship, is God over all and blessed for evermore.
I struck at nothing in my letter to you but what I believe to be errors against Christ. I therein insisted that he is, touching his Godhead, a divine person, and the eternal Jehovah; which in your answer you daringly and impiously call stuff. I bless my God that there is not one farthing of Mr. Bramah's money in our subscription, that I am not one farthing in his debt, and that he is not in church fellowship with us; for sure I am that that man must be in the gall of bitterness who can lightly speak evil of the Godhead of Christ.
You inform me that you shall, at some future time, investigate and comment on my letter in a proper and formal manner, and that you mean to
print and publish your answer. By which formal and proper investigation you seem tacitly to confess that the letters you have already sent me are not very proper and formal. Perhaps you may think them too improper to appear in print. However, as they are the only answers I have as yet received, I herewith present them to the public verbatim as they stand, leaving Mr. Bramah to publish my letters whenever he may please. In which I have only vindicated what I believe to be one of the greatest mysteries, and one of the greatest and most fundamental truths, in all the bible I have not called Mr. Bramah a drunkard, a madman, nor yet one influenced by Lucifer. I have not styled him a skipper about the bible, though there is a great deal of skipping in his letter; nor have I called him a cunning player, a Nimrod, a Pharaoh, a fool, or a man of a base spirit. AIL which epithets he has plentifully conferred upon me. And he is welcome to call me what he pleases; I shall never sue him at the law; being fully persuaded he knows not what he does, what he says, nor what he means. It is all done, I would willingly hope, in ignorance and in unbelief; otherwise he surely never could call the incommunicable name of the eternal Jehovah, stuff. Poor man! He makes a good patent lock, but cuts a sad figure with the keys of the kingdom of heaven. I mean the key of knowledge, or an experimental acquaintance with the Lord Jesus Christ; without faith in whom there is no coming to the Father.
You say that divine revelation leaves room for doubts! I always thought that divine revelation was intended to solve doubts, and that doubts about the greatest mysteries of God spring from man's ignorance, or the native blindness of his heart; and not from divine revelation. For sure I am, that if God, as Paul says, reveals his Son in a man, as he did in Paul, he will acknowledge, as Paul did; that Christ is the eternal Jehovah. Doubts, therefore, rise not from the room that divine revelation leaves; but from the blindness of the man to whom nothing has been revealed. And this Mr. Bramah will acknowledge, should God ever take the scales from his eyes. Furthermore, as the priests' lips are to preserve knowledge, and the people are to require the law at the mouth of such [and blessed be God, London is not destitute of such, if I am not one,] he would have acted the part of an inquirer in the way to Zion, had he tried this experiment; and it would better have become him than cavilling at my doctrines, and suffering his porter to do the same. All things are possible with God; and it is possible for God to use the weakest of his servants to solve the doubts of an honest and sincere inquirer.
The many scriptures you have quoted are so full to the point in hand that they will speak for themselves; only that the title of the King of
Israel is by no means applicable to me, nor did I ever think that Mr. Bramah, who tells me that I have not a novice to do with, is a flea. Nor is there any danger of his blood falling by my hands; nor do I think that God will smite me for preaching what in my conscience I believe to be truth; nor that I shall descend into the battle and perish, seeing I am not in a military capacity, and aim at nothing but setting the minds of men right with respect to the great things of God, and the worship that he requires; and to separate the chaff from the wheat, the vile from the precious, and the poor earthworm from the heaven-born soul.
What Mr. Bramah is, with respect to his character or conduct in life, as a man, a tradesman, a neighbour, a gentleman, a husband, friend, master, or subject, I know not. In all these characters he may shine as a comet for aught I know; but he appears to be as far from any resemblance to a poor penitent, or broken-hearted sinner, as Jannes, Jambres, or Alexander the coppersmith.
You say that many of my friends, to whom you have shewn my letter, judge of it as you do; and that it was written under the influence of intoxication, or of Lucifer. Be it so, I am willing to bear that weight. But I humbly hope they will not judge so uncharitably of Mr. Bramah's kind answer to it; which expresses so high a regard to me for my work's sake. I thank you, kind sir, for all the cautions you have given me touching law, human courts, states, and proofs;