Excerpt from Seditious Preachers, Ungodly Teachers
Subject of Calamy's Scorn and Reproach, because he did not think so favourably of them, as Calamy does; Mr. Wood indeed gave his Characters with great Truth and Impartiality, neither denying them their due Praises, nor indust... riously concealing their Faults which is the Business of a Faithful Historian, whereas Mr. Calamy, though he gives the particular Characters of several Hundred Persons, yet throws all their Faults behind the Curtain, and wont allow of any Blemish, or Miscarriage, in any one Instance; and what makes him to be more inexcusable, is, that he only pretends to be the Abridger of Baxter's Life, who with great Freedom laid open their Faults, when he had mentioned their supposed Virtues; nay, I can instance in one memorable Name, whom Mr. B.represents as a meer State Jugler, as one who was the greatest Encourager and main Stickler in all the various Changes of the Times, and the greatest Opposer of Peace and Concord what can be more sharp or biting, than these Re¿ections of Mr. Baxter's upon some of Dr. Owen's seditious Practices. Oh! What may not Pride doe? And what Miscarriages will not false Principles and Faction hide And taking Occasion to mention his Writings, The Doctor, says he, being neither able to repent (hitherto) or to justify himself, must be silent, or only plead the Act of Oblivion. In short, he thought the Doctor gave great Advantage to their Adversaries for Reproach, and that he occasioned a general Injury to the Nonconformists. Whereas Mr. B. Faithful Abridger, is full of the Doctors Praises and Virtues, and reckons him the brightest Ornament of the Age, and one of the greatest Honours to their Cause and then bestows some passionate Expressions on poor Antony a Wood, though he gives the Doctor a much more favourable Character than Mr. B. Would allow him, the one mentioning his natural and acquired Endowments, the other having not a Word in his Favor.
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