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2

The Life

of

GOD

you knew not before; yet I am hopeful,

that what

cometh

from

one whom you are

pleafed to

honour

with

your

friendfhip,

and which is n1_ore particular!y ddigned

for your ufe, will be kindly accepted by

you; and G?d's providence perhaps may

fo direct my thoughts, that fomething or

other may prove

nieful

to you. · Nor !hall

1

doubt your pardon,

if, for n1oulding

my

difcourfe into the better frame, I lay

a l'ow foundation, begining w.ith the na–

ture and properties of religioh, . and all

along give fuch way to my thoughts, in

the profecution of the fubjeEt,

as may

, bring tne to fay many things whic:h were

not neceffary, did I only confider to

whon1

I am writing.

·

I-cannot fpeak of religion, but I mull:

· .

, lament, that, among fo nuny

M1ll:akes

a~

J

r

c

d

b

.

·on

·pretenuers to

It, 10

rew

un er-

out re

1g1

·· fiand what

it means:

fome

placing it in the underfianding,

in·

ortho–

dox nt)[ions and opinions ; and all the

account they can give of their religion is

that they a_re of this or the

o~her perfua~

fion, and J1ave

joined themfelves to one

·of thofe many

{ccrs

wherein to Chriften–

dom is moft unhappily divided. Others

plac ,

it

in

the outward

man, in a conftant

. .courfe of

- extern~!

duties, and a model of

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·

pefonuances :