Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.1

The PREFACE. man of a cheerful fpirit, affable and cour tenus to all, and, upon proper occaiìons, could entertain and divert his friends with much true humour. MR. HA L Y DA Y was a gentleman, who had the advantages of a very liberal education, and of fpending fome years in tra- velling through Europe. He was an excellent fcholar, and of a polite tafte. He had fre- quent opportunities of advancing himfelf an- other way, but, from mere principle, chofe to be a diffenting minifter. He was molt zealous for the caufe of liberty, and a great enemy to all unjuft encroachments upon it, under whatfoever pretence. He had ftudied divinity with diligence, but efpecially the popifh controverfies ; and, as he thorough- ly underftood the principles upon which the reformation was founded, fo he was very jealous of all appearances of biggotry, and an impofing fpirit, as utterly incon- liftent with them. His fettlement in Bel- , which was a little after the debates in the north began, met with confiderable op- pofition from fome, who were zealous for what they accounted the juft authority of the church, and for the method which had bean