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in general, to those wha fo far mistake its nature as to think it is gloomy and melancholy, and are so ignorant of its beauty, as to 'esteem it deformed, and altogether disagrèeable, I fend the following sheets abroad. Should this design fucceed in a moderate degree, I shall rejoice with any who rejoice in my labours, and I trust be thankful to him, to whom alone all thanks are due. ,

I had no design in the beginning of this work, of introducing the character of Theologos, nor of troubling myself at all with the writing's of the gentleman intended by that charačter, (whole religious Sentiments appear to me to have little or no foundation in the word of God,) had not a second publication appeared, intended in part to confirm the errors of the first, and more especially to expose and subvert (if it were possible,) the fundamental doctrines of the holy Scriptures. .

This gentleman I observe in his late pamphlet complains of illiberal treatment s from his antagonist; I hope Amyntas will not offend, at least in this particular, who although he assumes not the character of a gentleman, yet be defires to act up to that of a christian...t

a chriilet be desire, the characts, who

If the fixth Dialogue appears dry and barren, the reader must be told that roritings of the polemical kind, feldom prodrice much food for à hungry foul. Such of my readers as know; and love the Lord

Jesus Christ, will I hope in the course of the christian conversation, the fubject of these Dialogues, meet with fome refrefiing streams which may chear, animate, and inspire them with renewed strength and purpose to urge their way to Zion. . It will appear throughout the whole that I regard brotherly love, and the proper expressions thereof, as jo principal a branch of our holy religion, that without it, it is a non-entity; and therefore · have endeavoured to enforce it from va

rious considerations. Love is the very foul of christianity, Spiritual in its nature, and immortal in its existence. God is love, and love alone can denominate us chriftians, by this shall alt men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one a

nother, faith our Lord. .? 11:0. Nor is true christian love that which is 0 in word only, but in deed and in truth.

A benevolence manifesting and exercising itself in a God-like beneficence to all men, but especially to the houshold of faith.


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This heavenly and divine disposition is ree commended to us from the example of our common father, who maketh the fun to arise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just, and on the unjust; from the practice of the Patriarchs, and holy men of old, who in return for their hospitality had angels for their guests; and from the pattern fet before us by our adorable' Jesus, whe though he was rich, yet for our fakes became poor, that we through his poverty might be richo: Halifax, May TITUS KNIGHT. 5, 1770.

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Amyntas walks into the fields to meditate: A

defcription of a fümmer-like evening. His
meditations interrupted by the unexpecled**
fight of Pbiletas his friend. Philétus excufa.
eth himself. Mutual enquiry of each others
fpiritual welfare. They rejoice one with a
nother, and relate the experience of their
fouls. Of the progress of the gospel in Yorka
Ahire; Christ and his gospel always rejected
by the world in general. Amyntas engages
Philetus to accompany him the next day on
an intended visit into the country.

Amyntas begins the day, with God, settles his

domestic concerns, and is waited on by Phi.
letus at the hour appointed. Reflection on
the usefulness of horses. Of Christ riding
on an afs. On his wonderful love, and sal-
yation by him. Sweating reapers remind
of the fall of Adam, All bleflings bought
with blood. A small veffel failing at a dis-
tance. Blessings of commerce. The gospel.
imported by means of ships. The blessing
of the gospel. The advantages of Piety.
An apostate dying youth. Improvement.
A description of the house of Philoxenus.

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ble. On the article falta: Its supposed lan-

guage. On saying grace. The reasonable-

** nefs thereof. On the two-fold blessing of

food, and an appetite. Whether is greater.

All our blessings bought with blood. A

pöör man asking an alms. On real objects

of charity. On the provision made for the

poor by law. On poor houses. On over-

feers of the poor. Alms-deeds not merito-

- rious. Charity, a genuine fruit of faith.

Dinner concluded with a hymn.


Awalk into the fields proposed. Time of har-

vest. Situation of Philoxenu's's house. Prof-

1 pect of the country, Display of the power,

Suwisdom, and munificence of God. Earthly

: enjoyinents foon cloy. What we are taught

{"from the dissatisfaction there is in earthly

things. On the fruitfulness of an opening


of charity.

On poor honda not merito-

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