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it is you who must make them good, by proper instruction and proper government. If you suffer them to meet temptation where temptation is sure to meet them, never complain of him who corrupts your child; you are the corrupter yourself: to you he owes it, that he is undone. And perhaps there is not a more provoking circumstance, nor a greater call for divine vengeance on a wicked nation, than this ; that the youth are prepared and brought up to inherit all the vices of their fathers, which cuts off all prospect of a reformation, and stands as a bar between us and mercy.
On you therefore, fathers and mothers, your country, and the church of God, call for assistance ; your endeavours may go a great way towards saving us, and this wicked generation may be spared, for the hope of seeing the next better.
In a word, let every man, whatever his station is, do his part towards averting the judgments of God: let every man reform himself, and others, as far as his influence goes : this is our only proper remedy ; for the diffolute wickedness of the age is a more dreadful sign and prognostication of divine anger, than even the trembling of the earth under us,
To our own endeavours let us add continual and fervent supplications to the Almighty, that he would spare us, and not deal with us according to the multitude of our fins; that he would give us the grace of repentance, and open our eyes to see, before it is too late, the things which belong to our salvation,
May the God of all
in this day of your distress! To his protection, and the grace
of our Lord Jesus, I carnestly recomınend you.
Your affectionate brother
and servant in Christ Jesus,
TRIAL OF THE WITNESSES
RESURRECTION OF JESUS.
We were, not long fince, some gentlemen of the inns of court together, each to other so well known, that no man's presence was a confinement to any other from speaking his mind on any subject that happened to arise in conversation. The meeting was without design, and the discourse, as in like cases, various. Among other things we fell upon the subject of Woolfton's trial and conviction, which had happened some few days before : that led to a debate how the law stands in such cases; what punishment it inflicts; and, in general, whether the law ought at all to interpose in controverfies of this kind. We were not agreed in these points. One, who maintained the favourable side to Woolston, discovered a great liking and approbation of his discourses against the miracles of Christ, and seemed to think his arguments unanswerable. To which another replied, I wonder that one of your abilities, and bred to the profession of the law, which teaches us to con