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Great Importance

OF A

Religious LIFE

CONSIDERED:

To which are added,

Some Morning and Evening

ÚR A YER S.

The TWENTY-SEVENTH EDITION, Corrected.

LONDON: Printed for W. GINGER, near the Ki,

Welmingter.

And fold by. J. F. and C. RIVINGTON, J. BUCKLAND,

B. LAW, S, CROWDER, T. LONGMAN, G. ROBINSON, R.BALDWIN, G. and T.WILKIE,P.NEWBERY, J. Bew, J. FIELDING, SCATCHARD and WHITAKER, and W. Bent.

1787

1419. f. 662

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Reflections contained in the following Pages, to inform the Reader that the Au. thor's Life was one uniform Exemplar of those Precepts, which, with so generous a Zeal and such an elegant and affecting Simplicity of Style, he endeavours to recommend to general Practice. He left oihers to contend for Modes of Faith,' and ins flame themselves and the World with end. less Controversy : it was the wiser Purpose of his more ennobled Aim, to act up to those clear Rules of Conduct which Revelation hath graciously prescribed. He poffessed by Temper every moral Virtue; by Religion every Christian Grace. He had a Hunianity that melted at every Distress ; a

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[iv] Charity which not only thought no Evil, but suspected none. He exercised his Pro. fession with a Skill and Integrity, which nothing could equal but the disinterested Motive that animated his Labours, or the amiable Modesty which accompanied all his Virtues. He employed his Industry, not to gratify his own Desires; no Man indulged himself less: not to accumulate useless Wealth ; no Man more disdained so unworthy a Pursuit: it was for the decent Advancement of his Family, for the geneTous Affistance of his Friends, for the ready Relief of the Indigent. How often did he exert his distinguished Abilities, yet refuse the Reward of them, in Defence of the Widow, the Fatherless, and him that bad none to help him! In a word, few have ever passed a - more useful, not one a more blameless Life; and his whole Time was employed either in doing Good, or in meditating it. He died on the 6th Day of April 1743, and lies buried under the Cloister of Lincoln's Inn Chapel. MEM. PAT. OPT. MER. FIL. DIC.

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