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viii

3

To the

BOOK.

-SELLS

SIaR,

T

gives me no

(mall

pleaí"tzre

to hear,

that

you are

I

going to

republifh Mr.

MARSHALL'S Gofpel

Myf1err

f

Sanciiifzcation

*.

The

inftrui ion, confolation,

and

fpiritual

improvement,

which

1

rnyfelf have received

from

that

.folid

and judicious treatife,

excite in

me

a

pleating hope,

that

it may

be

equallyinaruc`tive and

ad-

vantageous tc others.

The

recommendation

of it

in

'theron

atid

Afpnfro9

with

which you propofe to

introduce the

new edition,

is

at your

fervice.

To

this propofal

I

confent the more

readily,

becaufe Mr.

Marshall's

book

may

be

looked

upon

as

no

improper fupplement

to

thole

dialogues

and letters, the author

of which

intended

to have

clofed

his

plan, with

a

diilertation

on practical

holi-

nefs,

or evangelical obedience.

But

this defign

was

dropped;

partly,

on

account

of

his

very

declining

health

;

partly,

becaufe

the work

fwelled

under

his

hands far

beyond

his exxpeaation.

He

has been

advised.,

once

more

to refume

the

pen;

and

treat that grand

fubjet,

with fame degree of

co-

pioufnefs

and

particularity.

If

he fliould

be

enabled

to

execute,

what

he

acknowledges

to be

expedient,

the

dodtrines

already

difcu

{éd, and the

privileges al-

ready

difpiayed, will furnifh

the principal materials

for

his

effay.

Juftification, free juftification,

through

the

righteoufnefs

of

_fetus

Chrift,

is

the facred

fleece

from

which

he

would` fpin his

thread, and

weave his

garment

;

agreeable to

that

important

text,

re

are

*

It

is

Paid,

by

the

very

belt

judge

of propriety

in

facred

writings,

Great

is the

rry/iery org9dlitieff,

x

Tim.

iii.

16.

'Phis pallase,

I

pre-

fume,

Mr.

Marshall

had

in

his

view,

when he pitched upon

a

title

for

his book. And

t'.is

pafrage will

render

it

fuperior

to

ail cenfrre;

unexceptionally

jua

and proper.