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By JOHN WITHERSPOON, D.D.
For FIELDING and WALKER, No. 20, Pater-nofter-Row.
HE following fermon, first printed at Philadelphia, wás, fome time fince, reprinted in Scotland, with notes, intended to guard the author's countrymen against his political principles. It is now printed again in England without them; not with a view to inflame the minds of any against the present measures of government, but to inculcate the great moral and religious inftructions which it contains on perfons of all parties; who, if they will read without prejudice, muft acknowledge, that whatever be the truth with regard to the present unhappy contest between Great Britain and America, the discourse contains many admirable hints of advice, which, if properly regarded, will tend to the profperity of both countries. Should the author be confidered in the most unfavourable light, the old and
and well-known maxim may be justly adopted here,
Fas eft ab Hofte doceri.
And it is hoped, that the decency and moderation which fo warm and interested an advocate on the part of the Americans discovers, may tend to promote the fame spirit in those readers on this fide the Atlantic, who have made themselves parties in the fame caufe, as well as to moderate the refentment of their most zealous opponents; and to promote in good men, on both fides, (for fuch there are on both) an hearty difpofition "to "feek the things which make for PEACE," and above all, to promote that "RIGH"TEOUSNESs which alone exalteth a na"tion."
The Author's Addrefs to the Natives of Scotland refiding in America, which accompanied this Sermon, may be had in a few days separate.
PSALM LXXVI. 10.
Surely the Wrath of Man shall praise thee, and the remainder of Wrath fhalt thou reftrain.
HERE is not a greater evidence either of the reality or the power of religion, than a firm belief of God's universal presence, and a conftant attention to the influence and operation of his Providence. It is by this means that the Chriftian may be faid, in the emphatical fcripture-language, to walk with God, and to endure as feeing him that is invifible.
The doctrine of Divine Providence is very full and compleat in the facred oracles. It extends not only to things which we think of great moment, and therefore worthy of notice, but to things the most indifferent and inconfiderable. Are not two fparrows fold for a farthing? says our Lord, and one of them shall not fali on the ground without your father. But the very bairs of your bead are all numbered *, It extends not only to things beneficial and falutary, or to the direction and affiftance of those who are the fervants of the living God, but to things feemingly B moft
Matt. x, 29, 30,