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W E RE it not a truth, that God

owns the feeble efforts of such as are despised by men of parts and letters, the public should never have seen the ensuing performance.

When I delivered the following discourse, I had no more thoughts of making it further public, than I had of making a creed for his holiness the Pope of Rome : nor do I believe, that any such thought would ever have entered my heart, had it not been for the importunity of some who heard it, and of others also who heard it not.

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Tho/MIV.O

MICH.

The first part, according to the text, is upon that important subject, BELIEVING, and as various altercations have of late paffed, relative to the nature of FAITH, it might be one cause why some were so desirous to see this in print ; I'm fure it was one reason why I made an attempt to preach upon the subject ; for I resolved that my elder brethren should be fully acquainted with my sentiments on that head ; hoping, that if I were wrong, {ome one would be so friendly as to endeavour to reclaim a wanderer, I cannot affirm, that the following sheets contain perbatim what was said: that was next to an impossibility, as I did not write more than would fill the Eight part of a sheet of paper previous to my preaching : but,

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