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UPON the first news of the publication of your book, I used all diligence with speed to procure it; and came with such a mind to the reading of it, as St. Austin, before he was a settled catholic, brought to his conference with Faustus the Manichee. For as he thought that if anything more than ordinary might be said in defence of the Manichean doctrine, Faustus was the man from whorn it was to be expected ; so my persuasion concerning you was, Si Pergama dextra defendi possunt, certe hac defensa videbo. For I conceived, that among the champions of the Roman church, the English in reason must be the best, or equal to the best, as being by most expert masters trained up purposely for this war, and perpetually practised in it. Among the English, I saw the Jesuits would yield the first place to none; and men so wise in their generation as the Jesuits' were, if they had any Achilles among them, I presumed, would make choice of him for this service. And besides, I had good assurance, that in the framing of this building, though you were the only architect, yet you wanted not the assistance of many diligent hands to bring you in choice materials towards it; nor of many careful and watchful eyes to correct the errors of your work, if any should chance to escape you. Great reason, therefore, had I to expect great matters from you, and that your book should have in it the spirit and elixir of all that can be said in defence of your church and doctrine ; and to assure myself, that if my resolution not to believe it were not built upon the rock of evident grounds and reasons, but only upon soine sandy and deceitful appearances, now the wind, and storm, and tlouds were coming which would vnuoubtedly overthrow it.

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