352 Thomas Hollis to Edward Wigglesworth

    London July 27, 1727

    Mr. Wigglesworth

    Reverend Sir

    I have received yours dated 17 May, the first notice you give me of your entering into Matrimony.228 It is honorable in all States, while the Bed is kept undefiled. I do wish you Joye, in that new Relation, but you prevent my penn, while in the same paragraff you add the trouble you meet with in the flesh by her continued indisposition. I sympothize with you and her under the affliction and pray God it may be removed, sanctified to you both, and in due time she may be not onely spared but restored to health, that you both may be comforted and enjoy the fruit of the institution, a holy seed to serve the Lord. Mr. Greenwood being chosen by your College and approved by your Overseers and my Apparatus arived safe at Cambridg, I hope about this time he may be reddy to begin his Lectures, as the Hollitian Professor of Philosophy, He in one Science and you Professor in another but both centring in one design and end. I hope you will go on as Brethren to promote the great design of the glory of God, while you both studiosly pursue the great End: instructing youth in useful knowlege, both as men and as Christians.

    Mr. Professor Simson229 has gone through many Calumnies on account of some expressions in his Lectures, and he has been summoned to Classis and Synods and referred to the great assembly, under all which he has behaved with Temper, and triumphed in his wise answers over his accusers, though he comes under a Censure, needfull to support their Authority. It has been thought propper to have the whole printed, and I send it to you herewith, for your perusal. I am glad this wordy controversy do’nt yet reach your College or pulpits. I think he has discovered himself thoroly Orthodox and a Minister of a good Temper, becoming a Christian.

    My love […] to Mr. President—all the Fellowes—and the […] in particular.

    Your Loving Friend

    Tho. Hollis

    Hollis-Leverett mss, Houghton Library. Tears in the manuscript account for the omission of a few words at the end.