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nion or bed fellow. O patience, what zeal pof. felles me whenever liberty and no excise, is or are endangered; but I still hope your intentions are not of that kind. I am forid, and it is difficult to keep my breath, if that quits, O all is over to us enlightened philosophers, of our enlightened hemisphere : most certainly it is a most jolly and bucksome philosophy: Othe joy of my younger days; no disturbance or biting of conscience, all calm within ; and the enjoyment to a glut brim-full, and running over of the five pipes; instruments and conductors, or sense into the heart. This, men of learning and light call heaven, or the fullness and end of man; no scripture bug-bears, but all smooth water to them that wil enjoy. Yet I confess old Moses dropped a story which has not a litile disconcerted my notion of reason; he proves from the tortoise, thar will, memory, and understanding, do not depend and derive its source or origin from the brain ; for the turtle comes the nearest to man, in planing and carrying them into execution for the preserving their progeny, which goes far beyond the ape, who is considered to come nearest man, which our philofophy teaches, having most brains proportionable to the size. Mofes declares the cortoise have neither brains nor marrow.
Hoft. I have often heard your new philosophers brag of their proofs from the brains, and lay it down as the ground and fundamental article of their faith, which raised iny curiosity, hearing of the subtlety and prudence of this
offeets both on have been, and this
animal, to purchase the one you had one of your dinners' dressed in, that worked such wonderful effects both on you and your companion, and which liked to have been the death of Rabbi Moses. I opened the head, and this is that you fee in the Phial, which is preserved in fpirits, all that was contained in the head, and which is nothing more than like a sheath of a Tarancula, or web or membrant, containing neither. brains or any other substance. The bones are also as the head, all solid as a stone.
Luther. I think it rather a, refinement on Calvinism ; for although they use every precaution to ftifie che conscience by disavowing fin, unless hatched as a chick, through ignorance and folly, yet, when a foul, or immortality, is granted, we experience an interloper, who lurks about the heart, and, like a busy-body, raising an immediate bustle on the heel of every gratification that is forbid by scripture or chriftianity, this falls in of course; so that we be. come dupes to the soul we cannot refrain, neither can we enjoy. I have, therefore, ever considered the life of a Calvinist the life of a dog, who commonly receives his meal with fear of the whip. I am very ill from the flurry you urged me, doubting my veracity in laying before you the laws, and benign, gentle and meek constitucion of Great Britain. I am quite spent, overcharging my stomach, so that I can paddle in ic at my throat, and I find not my old friend at hand, strong evacuation; I am fwelled and must burst, unless I can blow heartily my fowgelder's horn, which would re
lieve. Take my common-prayer book, and at the head you will read two acts as a specimen of many more statutes for the uniformity and universality of our Sion, so that there may be onę, religion, both in prayer and sacraments, without this conformity , you will there see the penalties to be inflicted. The ist act was enacted under our gracious sovereign queen Eli. zabeth, the other under our gracious sovereign Charles the Second. So help me God. They were happy days. So be it.
N ESSIAH confirmed his covenant
VI with many for one week, caused the sacrifice and oblation to cease, and Himself * cut off, and from that period desolation. Two
parts of this prophecy are confirmed and remain confirmed at this day.? Israel has been without temple or sacrifice, and themselves drove out and abandoned by their God, scattered throughout all nations, hated and despised, and their country desolate. Where their temple stood is placed the abomination of defolation, the worship of the Impoftor Mahomet. This part of the prophecy stands open to the whole world, and this from the very time marked and pointed out to us by our scriptures. that the Messiah should come, from which point of time you date your christianity. But, alas! where shall Ifrael search for the fulfilling of the other two parts of this prophecy? where is the Messiah thac is cut off, or, where are the men that He confirmed His covenant with ?
Boy. Jesus Christ is the Messiah foretold by all the prophets who at the appointed time came into the world and manifested Himself to Israel and the world. He entered on His Divine Mission at the age of thirty, and confirmed His covenant, according to the prophecy, with many, and in the middle of the week he was cut off, which was the three years He was on
His Million, when you cut him off from the earth, hanging the Lord of Life on a tree. You have rejected him and he has rejected you. You accused him of blasphemy against God and your temple and being an impostor, and he has Thewed himself to be that God you accused him of blasphemning, and fulfilled the prophecy in all its parts : 'abrogated, annulled, repealed, and trannated His old covenant into the second, and new covenant, which He promised from the beginning, and throughout His scriptures, had your temple destroyed, and on the ground on which your temple stood was erected a heathen, and ac this day, a Mahometan temple, or place of worship. He appointed and confirmed cwelve bishops, known by the name of the apostles; one of the twelve He appointed His Vicar, whom he invested with ample power as head and chief, which has come down by a regular succession from St. Peter, who was the first appointed and seated his chair in Rome to the present time. He appointed seventy others also. After His Resurrection, he appeared at different times for forty days, when he ascended to hea.. ven in the sight of one hundred and twenty. He appeared once to five hundred brethren, and, no doubt, many others. A few days after His Ascension, Peter's first sermon added three thousand disciples; and a few days after, they increased to five thousand, and in a short period the new covenant was extended to all parts of the earth. Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. M 2