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dress of this publick nature : you love the real and folid fatisfactions, not the pomp and shew, those splendid 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 refifted. I am,


Dear Sir,

Unfeignedly Your's,



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scripture. The nature of an babit considered, accor

ding to four properties of it

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Chap. 2. This notion of Perfection countenanced by all

parties, however different in their expressions. Some

Jbort reflections upon what the Pelagians, the Pu-

pists, the Quakers, and the mystical writers have

Suid concerning Perfection


Chap. 3. Severul inferences deduced from the true no-

tion of Perfection. With a plain method how per-

fons may judge of their present state. Tbe difference

between the extraordinary primitive conversions, and

those which may be expected in our days. With a

remark about infused habits


Chap. 4. A general account of the blessed Fruits and

Advantages of Religious Perfection, which is ree

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

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

fus in the world.

As it promotes the good of

mankind. These two treated of in the chapter of

Zeal. 3. As it produces in the perfeĉ man a fu!l

assurance of eternal happiness and glory. 4. As it

puts him in pobellion of true happiness in this life.

These two laft, Aflurance, and present Happiness

or Pleasure, handled in this chapter. Where the

pleasures of the finner, and of the perfe&t 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 gof-

pel-means, and instruinental duties.

tice of Wisdom and Virtue is the best means to

improve and strengthen both. 2. The iwo general

and immediate instruments, as of Conversion so of

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

The natural and immediate fruit of Meditation,

Prayer, Eucharist, Pfalmody, and good Conversa-

tion, or Friendship, is, the quickening and enliven-

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


Chap. 7. Of the Motives to Perfection. Several mo-

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

having the other Life in our view, infifted upon


Of the several Parts of Perfe&ion, Illumination, Li-

berty, and Zeal.

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Chap. 1. OF Illumination, !. The distinguising cha-

racter of illuminating truths. 1. They

purify us.

2. They nourish 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. It must be diftinet

and clear. 3. It must be throughly concocted 148

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

nation. 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 our

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

tender and sensible 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 aits 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 ex-

deavour after deliverance from sin


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

nature of which confidered, chiefly with respect to its

Corruption. How far 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

any such fixes, viz. Sins 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 per

feet 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

nefs. Idleness, either babilual or accidental. Confie

derations to deter men from the fin of Idleness 352 Chap. &. Of Unfruitfulness, as it consists in Luke

warmness or Formality. The confes from wbich Lukewarmness proceeds. The fully, guilt, and danger of a Laodiceau flate

367 Chap. 9. Of Zeal. What in general is meant by Zeal; and what is that Perfektion of holiness in which it conlills. Whctcr the perfect man msft be adorned with a confluence of all virtues ; and to what

degree of holiness he may be supposed to arrive 398 Chap. 1o. 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 necef ary it is to Perfeation

Of the Impediments of Perfection.
IV E Impediments reckoned up, and ixfifted on.


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1. Too loose a nation of religion. 2. An opinion that Perfektion is not attainable. 3. That religion is an enemy to pleasure. 4. The love of the wonid. 5. The infirmity of the flejh. The whole corcluded

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with a prayer

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