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For a Help to Devotion.
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To Mr.WILLIAM TRENT; Merchant in PAIL ADBLPHIA
'SIRA........ .. .::
S your fingular Hůmanity and Good-Will to all Men do justly recommend you to the Efteem and Love of all;
so the Instances thereof, that you have applied to me particularly, do particularly require of me my most thankful Acknowledgment. And as fuch, I defire you to accept of this New and Small Esay, for the more efe fectual Promoting of Catechetical InStruction; and to vouchsafe it your Pa
tronage. For as it is design’d in part for the use of our poor Countrymen, who are dispersed up and down in your vast and spacious Regions; so your ho. noured and worthy Name 'prefixed hereunto, may recommend it very much to their Acceptance and Use. For I know not any Gentleman, in all the Country round about you, that is either better known, or more beloved than yourself : And particularly by him, who in reality is, is
by s the Knowledge of true Religion 2 is necessary to Man's Salvation ,
so one excellent Means and Help for the Acquiring of this Knowoledge, is to learn and keep in Me. mory fome Methodical and short Catechism, or System of Divini
ty. And it is generally acknow ledged, that this our Catechism is such ; Mr. Baxter says of it, that 'tis more truly methodical than most other Catechisms that pretend to greater Accurateness. And Bishop Beveridge hatb af firmed, that no other doth, or can exceed this: It being so plain and short, that even Children may foon learn it; and withal so full and copioks, in the Sense and Doctrines of it, that the ableft Divines can never wholly comprehend it : Like a River that hath Fords, wherein Lambs may wade ; and Profundities or Depths, wherein Elephants may swim.