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The LIFE begaest.
The late Reverend
JOHN JOHNSON, A. M.
Vicar of CRAN BROOK, in Kent.
Together with Three of
ons for the Altar.
Numb. xi. 29. With a PREFACE, shewing that al-
he first learned an Alphabet from God.
By this shall all Men know that ye are my Disciples, if ye have
. St. John xiii. 35.
London, printed by JAMES BETTENHAM,
Nofter-Row; and WILLIAM RUSSEL, at Horace's
THERE having been no more ; Copies of Mr. Johnson's Posthumous
Works printed than were subscribed for, some Persons have long wished to see a second Edition, if not of all the Tracts, yet, at least, of the three now published, that so they might come into more Hands, and the Subjects of them be thereby further canvafled by the Learned. In order to this, Leave was asked of Mr. Johnfon's Executrix, who (though she has still some Copies of the former Edition remaining in her Hands, which were returned by one who had subscribed for 35, yet) from a commendable Zeal to see the PRIMITIVE COMMUNICANT come abroad again into the World at a more easy Price, * was no
1 * The Subscription was at ten Shillings in Sheets, and she is determined to let gonç be sold under that Price.i. .
sooner asked, than her Consent was obtained.
Mr. Johnfon's Executrix at the fame Time imparted some original Letters also from Dr. Hickes and Mr. Nelson, with Leave to make what Use of them hould seem fit: And the Life of. Mr. Johnfon was communicated by the Reverend Mr. Nicholas Brett, the worthy Son of the pious and learned Writer of it, as were the two Letters from Mr föhnfor to Dr. Brett, · Part of which may be feen in the Ap
pendix : From all which the Reader will perceive; that though there great and good Men differed in fome Things, they nevertheless maintained a fervent Charity, and a hearty Intercourse of all good' Offices towards each other. So that in this, as well as in their Zeal for the whole of páre Primitive Christianity, they appear well worthy of the Imitation of all that shall come after them. That i w
shbased on Mean Time the Publither would not be thought-accountable for any Thing farther than a faithful Edition and for having altered nothing in the Tracts, fave only the correcting fome obvious - Errors of the Press in the former Edition. Nor does he affect to detain the Reader with any. Sen
timents of his own, either concerning the Life, or the three Treatises': And Thall moreover only say, by Way of Apology for the Appendix, that having got these Letters into his Hands, and finding himself charmed with the open and Christian Intercourse which had prevailed amongst those great and good Men, especially between Dr. Hickes and Mr. Jobnfon, who, from absolute Strangers to each other, became at once such intimate Friends, as to be (like the first Christians indeed) of one Heart and of one Soul; who, from having differed fomewhat in their Notions about the Doctrine of the EUCHARIST, came to agree in every Thing * relating to that sublime Myftery; and who aimed at no other End in all their Labours, than how to promote the Glory of God and the Happiness of Mankind, by advancing the Knowledge and Practice of pure Religion, the true Principles of the Reformed Church of England, he concluded that the Letters would not be unacceptable to others also, and therefore resolved on giving the Publick this Specimen, regretting, at the same Time, that he could not come at Mr. Johnson's Letters, either
* Appendix, Page 393.