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attainments of the most learned men that ever came in my way. But these ladys convinced

sect in theinter ib* life and abstraction. He first made a Convert of her td popery, and then rb raise her to the rip-top faints, consolidated her foul to an impenetrable center, and taught her to pray in silence in the inward sanctuary, without any regard to what was out" ward; the 'more infc'nfible the more perfect. This continued for sometime, and the consessor told her she was in a fair !way to the highest degree of perfection; a little more absence from the body, and she was quite glorious. In short, from touching the tip of her ear, as she fat Tike one inanimate, he proceeded to the most illicit liberties. She thought him an angel of a man, and was undone by the uncommon sanctity he wore, and the strong desire she had lo be a perfect mystic.

Rut as to Labadie, if he was the man Miss Calenges repotted him, is it to be thought Mrs. Schurman would have made him her nearest friend, and first minister in the management of her house and religionists, and have travelled with him where-ever he went. Beside, Mrs. Baurignon did not make this an objection against


only remaining light within the vast black realms of papacy: Je .prendrai la liberte de demandez a fa

majeste deux graces, qui ne regardent, ni ma personne ni aucun de miens. La premiere est que le roi ait la bonte de me donner un succelTeur pieux, et rcgulier, bon et serme contre le Jansenisme, lequel est prodigieusement aepredite sur cette frontiere. . ——

As to the Bafnagts, take this further notice, Jewkst that the valuable work, three volumes in folio, called. Bafnages Annales Ecclestajliquist being a supplement to, or an improvement of the Centuriator's of Magdebourg, were not written by Jacques or Henri Bafnage, aforementioned; but by Samuel Bafnage, their uncle; so that in talking of, or quoting these learned men, you must take care to distinguish them by their christian names.

vinced me it was possible j and that, if women of genius apply, they can out-do the


joining him and Mrs. Scburman: And among the many books written by Labadie, and by him published, there are some of them moral, and extremely pious: And more than this, the reverend Mr. Yvon was his principal disciple, and all I think allow he was one of the most pious of mortals, tho a thorow visionary. He founded a society at Witwert, which was another la Tripe——— Espece d'Abbaye de la Trap dans le parti protestant, tres eloignee de l'esprit de mondanite, resormez dans leurs moeurs et dans leurs dogmes,- says Bayle in his Ncuvelles for November 1685. And the Afarriafe Cbrethm of Yvon, published immediately after the death of Labadie, is a piece of sanctification too severe I thiok for mortals. I imagine then, that in contempt of those myjiics and vifionarys, there may be somethings overtold, and some storys received, that would bear mitigation, if all the circumstances relating to them were known. It is bad enough that there are myjiics and vifionarys in the world: And therefore, if I could, I had rather discover virtue amidst their intellectual immoralitys, than have an opportunity of displaying impersections in any of their hearts. ——— And as to Labadie, supposing the worst, and that as Henri Basnage fays, he began to seel the breasts of Miss CalongeSv might not the attitude of the charming image, and the privacy of the place, be too much for the poor man, (as they fay she was a prodigious sine girl) and tempt him to commit an indiscretion he might be very sorry for after? He was at that time a huge, strong, healthy be-my flic, and perhaps had a bottle of ^generous in his stomach. .

As to Bernard, whom I mentioned with Bayle and Basnage, he was a protestant minister of Holland. When Le Clerc was obliged to abandon his Bibliothequi Universtlle, in the year 1691, after he had gone but a A a 2 little men of genius in arts and letters. Were I to give you a history of some MSS. written


little way in the 20th tome. Bernard went on with the continuation, and most of the 20th volume, and volumes 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, are his, tho they all go under the name of Le Clerc's Bibliotheque Univerfelie. Tome 25, came out in 1693; and then the excellent work dropt: But about ten years after, Bernard began the Republic of Letters, and carryed it on, with interruptions, till the year 1718, when he dyed, in the month of April, aged sixty.

Bayle dyed the 28th of December, 1706, aged fiftynine. His Dictionnaire Hiforique et Critique, needs

no recommendation; and next to that noble work in value are La Critique Generate, and Nouvelles Lettres in desence of it. Cornmentaire Philosophique. Penjees fur les Comstes. Lettres Choisies Entretiens de maxime et de Themijie; which is a desence of his religious principles, and did not appear till after his death, in the year 1707; and .Les Nouvelles de la Republique de Lettres, from March 1684, to March 1687. These several pieces you ought to have in your closet. They are most useful and beautiful things. His whole Oeuvres Diverjes were printed at the Hague in four volumes in folio, in 1727.

The great Le Clerc dyed the 8th of January 1736, in his seventy-ninth year; having lost his speech, and almost his memory, in the year 1728, by a palsy and fever; and the malady enereasing, he was for six years .before his death without any understanding; a deplorable ruin. • ..

He writ and published sixty-two works, some of which were folio's, and some quarto's. I recommend to you in particular, his H'istoria Ecckfiafiica, 2 fzc. Amsterdam 1716, in $to. Novum Tef amentum ad mt. Ham. Lips c. 1714, 2 volumes in folio. This edition is preserable to the Amsterdam edition, 1698. ■

T r

y these ladys, which I have read, you would e very greatly surprized: but the society


-larmonia Evangelica Alters, i. e, Lyon 1700, in 410. shis is preferable to the folio edition of Amsterdam,

699, and has an excellent preface by Langius.

JSsoteveau Testament tr adult avec dts Remarques, Amterdam, 2 vols. in 4to. This tranflation is fine, and he remarks admirable. ———— Traite de sIncreduliti % Rotterdam 1714, in 8vo. It is remarkable that the [esuits of Trevoux allow this book to be a most valuable, solid, and well written piece, tres estimable, folidt

•t bien fait. Ars Critica, 2 volumes in 8vo, 1700.

Zorrigi et augments: And with it the Epistolee Critica, which makes a third volume, printed the fame year.— Lettre i Jurieu, in answer to his account of the Socilians, Amsterdam 1697, in 8vo. This is a defence of the great Epifcopius, Professeur de l'Eglife des Remon

strans *: and is a fine thing. Æjchinis Dialogi

tres; et ad calcem Sylva Philologies, Amstel. 1711, in 8vo. ■ 'Parrbastana, Amstel. 1702, 2 volumes in 8vo. Sentimens de qutlques Theologiens fur sHistoire Critique de pere Simon, Amsterdam, 1711, in 8vo. This edition has an excellent preface, which all the former editions want. —— Defense des sentimens against Bollville, that is, per e Simon, Amsterdam, 1686, in 8vo. These two pieces are curious things. Simon had the last word; but it was only words: and instead of taking any farther notice of Simon, Le Clerc made a short answer to Herman IVitftus, who in his Miscellanea Sacra, defended Simon, and abused Le Clerc. •■ Bibliotbeque Univerfelle et Hi/lorique, 25 volumes in A a 3 duo

* Epifcopius, an Arminian divine, dyed at Amsterdam the 4th of April, 1643, in the sixtieth year of his age. His works in the purest Latin are two volumes in folio, Amstel. 1650. They are invaluable in their merit.

will not suffer any thing belonging to them to appear j and all I can let ycu see i$ one Latin letter de vera religione, which Mrs. Harcourt did me the honor to write me, in answer to some questions I asked her. It is a great curiosity, and a useful piece; but too long to have a place here. You will find it among the notes, k is the sixteenth. Compare it with Mrs. Schurman's letter aforementioned, and you will be able to form a judgment of both.

As to the Green Island, I must fay a littlemore of it, on account of the illustrious recluses, to give you an idea of their summer residence in the late Mrs. Harcourt's time: I fay in her time, because they never1 went

duodecimo, from 1696 to 1693, in which year he finished this excellent and useful work. Bibliotheque

Choisie , suite a la Bibliotheque Universelle 27 vols from

1703 to 17/3. Bibliotheque Ancienne et Modernt,

29 volumes in i2mo, from 1714101727. Pour servir de suite aux autres Bibliotheques. In these admirable books there are among the fine accounts of every thing that came out in all these years, a great number of ex"cellent criticisms, disquisitions, essays, and letters,

written by Le Clerc. And, Clerici Vita et Optra

ad annum I7JI, Amstel. 1711, in8vo. being Le Clerc's apology for himself and his writings to that time.' These sixteen things are truly excellent, and ought to be in every gentleman's closet. — Le Clerc was a clergyman ; but never belonged to any particular church.— This short account of those writers, and their writings, I have thrown together, as you will find them mentioned several times, in one or other of the following letters.

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