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AN

ESSAY ON PROVIDENCE.

WRITTEN

By Mr. LEWIS DE MAROLLES;

And tranflated from the French,

By JOHN MARTIN.

To which is prefixed,

An ABRIDGMENT of Mr. JAQUELOT's
HISTORY of the SUFFERINGS and MARTYRDOM
of Mr. DE MAROLLES.

Be not flathful, but followers of them who through faith and«
patience inherit the promises.
Heb. vi. 12.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THE EDITOR;

SOLD BY J. STOCKDALE, PICCADILLY; R. FAULDER, BOND-STREET,
H. GARDNER, IN THE STRAND; H, TRAPE, PATER-NOSTER-ROW;
W. BUTTON, NEWINGTON-BUTTS; AND J, MURRAY, PRINCES-STREET,
SOHO,

1790..

[Price 2s. fewed, or 3s. bound.

Entered at Stationer's Hall;

141 j. 3521

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TO THE

CHURCH OF CHRIST ASSEMBLING IN

GRAFTON-STREET, SOHO.

MY DEAR FRIENDS,

THE Providence of God is fo

frequently overlooked, mifrepresented, or, partially confidered, that thofe arguments which have a tendency to undeceive us, and to inftru&t us, on this fubject, are, in my opinion, worthy of our best attention. We cannot think on Providence, to any religious purpose, unless we constantly confider, WHOSE Providence it is, on which we employ our thoughts. Having fettled this important point, in the next place, let us endeavour to form, and retain, a found judgment of this article of our faith. Providence is not an attribute of God, but an action; that action, whereby he moves, and directs ALL THINGS, after the counfel of his own will. Thus be executes his own decree. Providence is various in its operations, unlimited in its extent, and often, to us, past finding out; but it is no less uniform than wonderful. There is fuch a clofe connection, and fo much agreement, between the operations of God in Providence, and in Grace, that if the former is regarded, the latter cannot be defpifed.

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