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ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.
THE substätice of these Leiteig has appeared in the Universal Theological Magazine; and at the desire of sąme friends, in whose judgment the author placés confùerice; they are now reprinted in a separate form, with some corrections, and a few additional notes and observations.
The author was the more disposed to comply in this instance with the wishes of his friends, because, notwithstanding his extreme dislike to a personal theological controversy, he was inclined to hope, that a more general circula. tion of these Letters might contribute to communicate more correct ideas of the tenets, and to excite a greater abhorrence of the spirit of Calvinisin, the direct tendency of which is to generate hatred both of God and man, and which represents the character of the Divine
Being in a light more odious than that of the voluptuous Jupiter, of the sanguinary and fe-. rocious Moloch, or even of its own imaginary, malignant, and mischievous, but not altogether : omnipotent, and infinite, Devil.
The author having been educated in the box: som of Calvinism, knows something of the views and feelings of a genuine: Calvinist: and from his own observation and experience he: is assured, that such persons așe more deserva : ing of compassion:than af censure * He has also known among the Calvinists many persons of great piety, and worth of character, to' which, in his Discourse on the lamented death of Dr. Priestley, he was eager to bear his tes . timony, in order to shew, that whatever he . thought of the system, he was no enemy to the persons of those who profess it. If, in the warmth of his zeal to manifest his catholicism, he has inadvertently over-stepped the limits of perfect correctness, and lias appeared
* See Dr.. Priestley's account of his own feelings when he was a practical Calvinist. Discourse on Occasion of Dr. Priestley's Death, p. 18, note. He there says, “ I had occa" sionally such distress of mind, as it is not in my power to “ describe, and which I still look back upon with hu.or."