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The Epiftle DedicatfJrJ.

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-·--o-b-li-ga-t-io~n:--

" i-n--,th_e_P_r_o-::-fe_.ffi~to-=-

·n_a_n-.d-P-r-aa_i_cv=-e

o-f-t-he

Truths of Religion. 'Tis ufual in Scripture to

'

I

afcribe

a

.Teflim~ny,

producible at the day of

Judgment, to the more notable eircumllances

and accidents of humane Life;

as, to

the rufl

of

hoarded Mony,

lames 5·

to

the folemn Pub–

lications

of

the Gofpel;

the duft

of

the Apoflles

feet,~c.

Matth.

10.

And

fo

(I

remember) in

the

Primitive Times, when

grown.

·perfons were

baptized,

they

were

wont

to

leave

a Stole and

white

garment in

the

Vellry of the Church for

a

teA:imony

and witnefs:

wherefore when one

Elpidophorus

had

revolted from

~he.

Faith, ·the

1Jeacon

of

the Church came

and

toldJlim.,

0

El–

pidophorus, Iwill

keep

this Stole

M

aMonument againfl

thee to all Eternity.

And

truly

13ook.s,

being

pub

4

lique

Monumen~s,

are much

of

this nature, a

tefl:i..

mony

likely

to

be produced in

the

day

ofJudg...

ment~

not

onely

againfl:

the

Author,

but

the

Per..

[9ns to whom they are infcribed,

in cafe

on

either

fide

there

be

any defeCtion

in

Judgment,

o~

Manners, from the Truths therein profeffed: .

For

they being·

con~gned

to

their

refpeCt

and

Patronage, they are drawn into aFellowfhip of

the Obligation.

,

Sir,

there are

.many

Reafons

why

I fhould

p~efix

your Name

to this Work.

Befides

the

"

· ·

general