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dress of this publick nature: you love the real and folid satisfactions, not the pomp and shew; those fplendid incumbrânces of life : your rational and virtuous pleasures burn like a gentle and chearful flame, without noise or blaze. However, I cannot but be confident, that you'll pardon the liberty which I here take, when I have told you, that the making the best acknowldgement I could to one, who has given me so many proofs of a generous and paffionate friendship, was a pleasure too great to be resifted. I am,

Dear Sir,

Unfeignedly Your's,


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duced to these four heads. 1. As it advances the

"" bonour of the true and living God, and his son Je-

• sus in the world. 2. As it promotes the good of

mankind. These two treated of in the chapter of

Zeal. 3. As it produces in the perfe&t man a full

assurance of eternal happiness and glory. 4. As it

puts him in polellion of true happiness in this life,

These two lat, Assurance, and present Happiness

or Pleasure, handled in this chapter. Where the

pleasures of the finner, and of the perfect Christian,

? are compared

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Chap. 5. Of the attainment of Perfection : with a

particular account of the manner, or the several steps

by which man advances, or grows up to it: with

three Remarks to make this discourse more useful,

and to free it from some scruples


Chap. 6. Of the Means of Perfection. Five general

observations, serving for directions in the use of gos-

pel-means, and instrumental duties. 1. The prac-

tice of Wisdom and Virtue is the best means to

improve and strengthen both. 2. The two general

and immediate instruments, as of Converlien so of

Perfc&tion too, are, the Gospel and the Spirit. 3.

The natural and immediate fruit of Mediation,

Prayer, Eucharift, Pfalmody, and good Conversa-

tion, on Friendship, is, the quickening and enlivena

ing the Conscience; the fortifying and confirming

our Resolutions ; and the raising and keeping up an

heavenly Frame of Spirit. 4. The immediate ends

of Discipline, are the subduing the Pride of the

heart, and the reducing the Appetites of the body.

s. Some kinds of life are better suited to the great

ends of religion and virtue, than others ' 92'.

Chap. 7. Of the Motives to Perfection. Several mon

tives summed up in mort, and that great one, of

having the other Life in our view, infifted upon


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Chap. 1. F Illumination. I. The distinguising che-

v racter of illuminating truths. 1. They

purify us. 2. They nouriss and strengthen us. 3.

They delight us. 4. They procure us a glorious re-

ward. II. The nature of illuminating knowledge:

1. It must be deeply rooted. 2. It must be distinct

and clear. 3. It must be throughly concocted 148

Chap. 2. Of the Fruits and Attainments of Illami-

Dation. That Illumination does not depend so much

upon a man's outward Parts, extraordinary Parts,

acquired Learning, &c. as upon his moral Qualifi-

cations ; such as Humility, Impartiality, and Love

of the Truth. Four directions for the attainment

of illumination. 1. That we do not suffer our minds

to be engaged in quest of knowledge foreign to okr

purpose. 2. That we apply our selves with a very

tender and fenfible concern to the study of illumina-

ting truths. 3. That we act conformable to those

Measures of light which we have attained. 4. That

we frequently address our selves to God by Prayer,

for the illumination of his grace. The chapter con-

cluded with a prayer of Fulgentius


Chap. 3. Of Liberty in general. The notion of it true

ly stated and guarded. The fruits of this Liberty.

1. Sin being a great evil, deliverance from it is great

happiness. 2. A freedom and pleasure in the acts of

righteousness and good works. 3. The near relation

it creates between God and us. 4. The great fruit

of all, eternal life. With a brief exhortation to eno

deavour after deliverance from fin

Chap. 4. Of Liberty, as it relates to original fin. The

nature of which confidered, chiefly with refpe&t to its

Corruption. How fær this distemper of nature is

curable. Which way this cure is to be effected, 269

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Chap. 5. Of Liberty, with respect to fins of Infirmity,

An Enquiry into these three things. 1. Whether there be any such fins, viz. Sips in which the most perfect live and die. 2. If there are, what they be ; or what disiinguishes them from damnable or mortal sins. 3. How far we are to extend the liberty of the perfeat man in relation to these fins

Page 296 Chap. 6. Of Liberty, as it imports freedom or delive

rance from Mortal Sin. What mortal fin is. Here the perfe&t man must be free from it ; and which way this Liberty may be best attained. With some rules for the attainment of it

316 Chap. 7. Of Unfruitfulness, as it confifts in Idle

ness. Idleness, either habitual or accidental. Confis

derations to deter men from the fin of Idleness 332 Chap. 8. Of Unfruitfulness, as it confifts in Luke:

warmness or Formality. The caufes from which Lukewarmness proceeds. The fully', guilt, and danger of a Laodiceau state

367 Chap. 9. Of Zeal. What in general is meant by

Zeal; and what is that Perfection of holiness in which it coolijs. Whether the perfect man nauft be adorned with a confluence of all virtues; and to what

degree of holiness he may be supposed to arrive 398 Chap. 10. Of Zeal, as it consists in good Works.

That our own security demands a Zeal in these good works : fo likewise do the Good of our Neighbour, and the Glory of God, which are much more pro

moted by good works Chap. 11. Of Humility. How necesary it is to Perjeation

430 . SECT. III.

Of the Impediments of Perfection. GIVE Impediments reckoned up, and ixsisted on.

1. 7.00 loose a nation of religion. 2. An opinion that Perfe&tion is not attainable. 3. That religion is an enemy to pleasure. 4. The love of the wonid. 5. The infirmity of the flesh. Tké whole concluded with a prayer

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