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and hath given them an everlasting fall. Also the law can shoot a great way; have a care thou keep out of the reach of those great guns, the ten commandments.
Bunyan complains of being grievously car lumniated.
What the devil (says he,) could devise, and his instruments invent, was whirled up and down the country against me, thinking that by that means they should make my ministry to be abandoned. It began, therefore, to be rumoured up and down, among the people, that I was a witch, a Jesuit, a highwayman, and the like. To all which I shall only say, God knows that I am innocent. But that which was reported with the boldest confidence, was, that I had my misses, my whores, my bastards, yea, two wives at once, and the like. Now these slanders, with the other, I glory in, because but slanders, foolish or knavish lies, and falsehoods, cast upon me by the devil and his seed. And should I not be dealt with thus wickedly by the world, I should want one sign of a saint, and a child of God. Matt. v. 10, 11. My foes have missed their mark in this their shooting at me. I am not the man. I wish that they themselves be guiltless. If all the fornicators and adulterers in England were, hanged.
«p by the neck till they be dead, John Bunyan, the
Bunyan is said to have written books equal' to the number of his years; viz. sixty; but a$ many of them are on similar subjects, they arc consequently very much alike. 'The Pilgrim's Progress, (his master-piece) which contains a considerably accurate specimen of Calvinistic divinity, is an allegory carried on with much ingenuity; the characters are well drawn and well supported. There are also, in spite of his vulgarity, frequent symptoms of poetical talent, far from despicable. The talents, as well as the character of Bunyan, have encountered much ridicule; but if we consider the circumstances of bis birth and education, together with the times in which he lived, that ridicule will probably be found without a solid foun-, dation. His "Pilgrim's Progress," and his "Holy War," are too well known to require a, Specimen.
Sir William Temple, an eminent statesman and writer, sprang from a younger branch, of the same stock with sir Richard Temple, |ord viscount and baron Cobham, who traced his genealogy as far back as Leoric, or Leofric, earl of Chester, in the time of Ethelbald, pnno 710. He was born in London, 1628; had his school-education at Pensehurst, iri Kent, and at Bishop Stortford in Hertfordshire; and at the age of seventeen entered Emanuel College, Cambridge, under the learned Dr. Cudworth, then fellow of that college.
After spending about two years at the university, he commenced his travels; and in J64S, set out for France, where he continued two years, when he proceeded to Holland, Flanders, and Germany; and during his tour became a complete master of the French and Spanish languages. Returning in lfi54, he married and lived in privacy during the protectorate, under which government he rejected all solicitations to accept of employment, but at the restoration, in lt>60, he was chosen member of the convention in Ireland, and distinguished himself by his spirited opposition to the poll-tax.
lie was afterwards sent by Charles II. on a commission to the' bishop of Munster, which he executed with such satisfaction to the ling, that he sent hi Ip a commission to take the character of resident at Brussels, with a patent for a baronet. Making an excursion to Holland, he visited, at the Hague, De Wit, which was the foundation of their future intimacy. On the breaking out of a war between France and Spain, Brussels being in danger he returned privately to England, called on De Wit again in his way, and now, pursuant to his instructions, proposed those overtures which produced the triple alliance; and on his return from the English court, January 16, iGf.y, invested with the character of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Holland, the treaty was concluded. His subsc