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leave as a lash of scorpions to all eye-servants, who cannot work without the whip; to those who halt between the service of God and mammon; and to all who reject the easy yoke of Christ for the yoke of bondage, and cleave to the strong hold of Satan rather than accept of gospel liberty upon the easy conditions of self-denial and the heart-felt humility of an insolvent debtor, freely cleared by a Surety. And may the God of all comfort make the heirs of such legal trumpery as sick at heart of it as he has made my poor soul, and effectually teach them to beware of the doctrines of the pharisees which are hypocrisy, and no better than binding grievous burdens on men's shoulders, which they never touched with one of their own fingers.
Fifteenthly, The following books, entitled Seneca's Morals, The Old and New Whole Duty of Man, and all those productions of ignorance entitled The Week's Preparation, that friend to Moses called The Practice of Piety, that highly esteemed composition of carnal invention entitled The Christian Monitor, The Crumbs of Comfort, Sherlock upon Death, the Annotations of Fleetwood, Stackhouse, and Southwell, together with that blasphemous piece of deception called The Turkish Alcoran, with all the Apocryphal books, except the book of Wisdom; I desire to will and leave every one of them to be equally distri. buted among all those pharisees in the kingdom of Great Britain who reject the sovereign grace
of God, and deny the blessed inspiration of God the Holy Ghost, as a proper nurse to their present pride, and a certain prelude to their everlasting confusion; but to be enjoyed by them no longer than while they remain in a state of ignorance and unbelief. If at any time any one of the aforesaid legatees be converted to the Christian faith, they shall immediately forfeit all their right and title to the above-mentioned legacies, and shall by no means enjoy any part thereof any longer than while they live and remain in legal blindness of mind, and hardness of heart.
Lastly, The comments and other works of that immortal and most miserable Doctor, Samuel Clarke; as also the books written by Mr. Elliot and Mr. Lindsey, together with the whole blasphemous system of Dr. Priestley, if they are found in my study at the time of my death, I will and desire that the same may be burnt at Tyburn within two hours after my interment, by the hands of the common hangman; for which act no more shall be given than thirteen "pence halfpenny.
Having waded through the settlement of these my
various effects, I do now, in my present decline of life, in presence of these witnesses undermentioned, vow and declare that all the aforesaid articles are bequeathed and settled exactly agreeable to my mind and will; and which I never intend to disannul, make void, cancel, or revoke; and as a proof hereof, I have hereunto set my
hand and seal this Tenth day of March, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-four.
Good Christian, if thou hast perused my Will,
My weakness has met your surprise :
Pray why should the scholar despise ?
Illiterate Christians may read and may pray,
But authors they never must be.
Her gracious instructions are free.
A fable in elegant language may pass,
Shall meet with the highest regard :
She always has met with discard.
No ploughman, nor joskin, nor whimsical head,
If reason and virtue be there:
These only must furnish the seer.
Good Enoch and Abel were otherwise taught;
They never adopted the mode:
And all their devotions were good.
Divine revelations were given of old,
Nor to inspiration pretend.
The whole is directed by men.