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As the story goes, Kiffin responded by offering the king a gift of ten thousand pounds in lieu of the loan. Charles accepted the gift. Kiffin later quipped that he had saved thirty thousand pounds. English Baptist historian Thomas Crosby contributed this anecdote to the historical understanding of Kiffin. (1) Subsequent historians of Baptists during the Restoration employed the story to interpret interactions between Kiffin and Charles, some suggesting that Kiffin's financial ability to offer ten thousand pounds shielded him from the religious harassment other Baptists endured. (2) Kiffin and Charles assisted one another during the first decade of the Restoration. Twice the king invited Kiffin to speak before his privy council. In both appearances, Kiffin provided Charles and his inner circle with sound economic advice. On another occasion, Charles entertained Kiffin's request for judicial assistance when the Baptist preacher appeared at Whitehall Palace without invitation. Kiffin also wrote to government officials for help against charges of sedition. His requests received direct intercession. The king and the Baptist pastor effected distinctive dealings that did not imply a religious, political, or financial alliance.