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Ut si quis asellum
In campo doceat parentem currere fræris.-HORACE,
Vain man would be wise, though man be born like a
wild ass's colt. -- IV ho teacheth like him?

JOB xi. 12. xxxvi, 29,

EIGHTH EDITION.

LONDON

Printed by C. and R. Baldwin, New Bridge-street,
AND SOLD BY L. B. SEELEY, 109, FLEET-STREET, AND J, HATCHARD,

190, PICCADILLY.

(PRICE 18. od.]

1808.

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P R E FACE

TO THE

FIFTH EDITION.

A

LMOST twenty years have now elapsed,

since the ensuing Narrative was first published. During this time the Author has had abundant opportunities of examining, over and over again, the principles which he then intended to inculcate. If therefore, he had, on further reflection, materially altered his sentiments, he should have thought himself bound, by the strongest obligations, to retract what he had erroneously advanced. But, he is thankful that, on the contrary, he feels it incumbent on him to declare most solemnly, as in the presence of God, that every thing which he has since experienced, observed, heard, and read, has concurred in establishing his most assured confidence, that the doctrines, recommended in this publication, are the grand and distinguishing peculiarities of genuine Christianity.

Very many verbal corrections, with a few retrenchments and additions, will be found in this edition. In improvements of this kind, the Author has bestowed considerable pains : but, he has been scrupulously, and

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almost superstitiously, careful to admit no alteration, which can in the least degree change the meaning of any passage.

He feels thankful, that the leading desire of his heart, in publishing a work, which seems to relate almost exclusively to himself and his own little concerns, has not been wholly disappointed: but, he would earnest. ly request the prayers of all, who favour the doctrines here inculated, for a more abundant and extensive blessing on this, and all his other feeble endeavours, to “ contend

earnestly for the faith once delivered to (< the saints."

CHAPEL-STREET, Oct. 16, 1798.

N. B. The First Edition was dated Feb.

26, 1779, when the Author was curate of Ravenstone and Weston-Underwood, near Olney, Bucks.

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