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bably pass away without seeing it. In the mean .time, individuals must satisfy themselves in their compliance with the present system, according to their different apprehensions of the truth of it, or seek their relief by peaceable retirement from a church, with which they are not agreed in the object of religious worship. In either of these cases, there - is no just occasion given for reproach. The concern is personal, and consined to the conscience of every individual; over which, neither the magistrate, nor any private persons, single or associated, have any authority.

To You, the parishioners of Swinderby, among whom I have lived in entire harmony, and to whom my labours in the ministry have been chiefly devoted; to you, I would fay in particular, that I leave you, my honest affectionate neighbours, with regret; but sincerity towards God requires it, and this you will always think right, and to be followed. May you remember, and improve, by my late constant endeavours to instruct you according to the revealed will of God! I hope you will continue to go forward in the knowledge and obedience of the gospel of Jesus Christ, framing your lives and conversation by it, as I also will strive to do; so shall we secure a meeting again in the future everlasting kingdom of God, the father of all the families of the earth r To whom be glory, both now and for ever. Amen.

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LETTER,

TO THE

Reverend Mr. D ,

BY A LAYMAN.

1775

Rev. Slit.

As, of late, I have not attended upon your ministry so constantly as heretofore; and as I have some ground to think that you judge me to be guilty of a fault in absenting myself, you will permit me to assign a reason in justification of my conduct.

You are very sensible, sir, that you and I differ Very much in our religious opinions; so much, indeed, that I have heard you declare, that a person who thinks as I do, is, on that account, excluded from salvation. Such a declaration, however, affects me but little; knowing well, that the great and good God hath never so declared; and therefore esteeming A 2 the the sentence of any frail and fallible man as a thing of little moment. Though, by the way, it seems no trifling affair, with respect to the person himself, who places himself in the seat of judgment, and pronounces condemnation on his brother for his opinions. This man had need look well to his authority. And how if, in the end, it should appear that the party so condemned, is one whom God approves? But to return:—The wide difference in our sentiments, of necessity, prevents my gaining that profit from your ministry, whidi J would heartjly wish to gain: and thus the principal design of public worship is deseated. How should I be profited by what I am shocked and grieved to hear ?—by that which the reverence which lowe to the ever blessed God obliges me to regard without abhorrence ?—that at which I am really ashamed to be shocked arid grieved Ho thife; as, indeed, I should be, if I had such a sense of God upon my mind as I ought to have. Yet although I think so ill of your tenet?, considered in themselves; believing your sincerity unquestionable, I do, at the seme time, account you a good and a worthy man. Such is eVesy man, who, according to his best judgment-, practises what is right and good. Sincerity, sir, is the chief thing in religion. You would think it so in a matter between you and your friend. And why not in religion? Because, say you, the great God doth not judge us man judges. Now, as I apprehend thi.. to be a capital 'mistake, I will examir.e it a little;

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