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AND RECTOR OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST,
IN THAT CITY.

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"THE SON OF MAN IS LORD ALSO OF THE SABBATH."
MATT. ii. 28.

London:

PRINTED FOR W. AND W. GINGER, COLLEGE-STREET,
WESTMINSTER; J. HATCHARD, NO. 173, PICCA-

DILLY; AND F. AND C. RIVINGTON, NO. 62,

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

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T is a truth far too notorious to be controverted, that religion in this Island hath been long declining in its influence upon the minds of men. Externals are by too many difregarded with a feeming contemptuousness, which leaves little ground for hope in respect to it's vital principles, and their operation upon moral conduct. For whatever abstract reafoners may pretend, there muft, to preferve it's fubfiftence, be a body as well as a foul; otherwife, like faith without

works, it will be dead.

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it is agreed, are far from being the whole, or, indeed, the firft and fundamental part; but they are conftituent in fuch a degree, that our light cannot, when feparated from them, fhine with a fufficiency of fplendour; nor can piety, without which religion must be defective, discover itself in fuitable acts of adoration, thanksgiving, and praife, towards the fupreme object. of affection and homage. The propriety therefore, or rather neceffity, of a visible difplay of our faculties in His fervice is fixed in nature, and most evidently deducible from our capacity, and still more from our obligation, to difplay them. Long experience hath, however, put it beyond doubt, that our debt and the payment of it bear no proportion to each other. So far from it, that they, who have

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