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wick Lane. MDCCXXVIII.
Price Two Shillings:
To the Reverend
Mr. JOHN HURRION
with the occasion of first publishing these papers, and have been pleased to express your approbation of them; therefore, as I now own them, I take the freedom to inscribe them to, you; and I hope you will excuse my doing it without your knowledge, and will look upon it as a mark of the sincere friendship I bear you, and of the
great esteem I have for you.
I should have been very glad, there had been no occasion given, for the following remarks, on a person of our own denomination; but to have let such unscriptural fancies, as he has unhappily run into, pass without animadversion, would have look'd as if we were ready to palliate any defects in those of our own number; and as if we thought it of greater consequence, to keep from disputes among our "selves, than to preserve the faith, which we have received from the Scriptures, pure and undefiled.
It may perhaps be pretended, that we ought for the sake of peace, to cover the defects of our brethren, and that we should in charity overlook their failings; this is indeed true in many cases, but this plea ought never to be used, for such as trouble the churches of Christ with unscriptural novelties,
and disturb the peace of Christians, by introducing things contrary to what they have received, and learned from the unerring oracles of truth: peace is much to be desired, and highly to be valued, but it should not be sought,
expence of truth; and charity is a most amiable virtue, but it should never be used as a screen for errors.
It would be
men, to whom God has afforded good talents, would make use of them in the support of what is really contained in Scripture, and would not be forward, to employ their wit and invention, in forming schemes to explain things, over which infinite wisdom has thrown a shade. Men may please themselves with the thoughts of being able, to invent methods of solving the difficulties, which attend the great mysteries of revelation ; but there can no