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What shall we fay then ?---That Ifrael which followed after
the Law of Righteoufnefs, hath not attained to the Law of
Righteoufnefs.---Wherefore? Becaufe they fought it not by
Faith, but as it were by the Works of the Law.

ROMANS IX. 30, 31.

No. I. and II.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR G. WHITFIELD, CITY ROAD;
AND SOLD AT THE METHODIST
PREACHING-HOUSES IN TOWN

1797.

AND COUNTRY.

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PREFACE.

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T was in pursuance of an advice given by Bishop Taylor, in his Rules for Holy Living and Dying, that about fifteen years ago, I began to make a more exact account than I had done before, of the manner wherein I spent my time, writing down how I had employed every hour. This I continued to do, where-' ever I was, 'till the time of my leaving England. The variety of scenes which I then paft thro', induced me to tranfcribe from time to time, the more material` parts of my diary, adding here and there fuch little reflections as occurred to my mind. Or this Journal thus occasionally compiled, the following is a fhort Extract: It not being my defign to relate all those particulars, which I wrote for my own use only; and which would answer no valuable end to others, however important they were to me.

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2. Indeed I had no defign or desire to trouble the world with any of my little affairs: As can't but appear to every impartial mind, from my having been fo long as one that heareth not, notwithstanding the loud and frequent calls I have had, to answer for myself. Neither fhould I have done it now, had not Captain Williams's affidavit, published as foon as he had left England, laid an obligation upon me, to do what in me lies, in obedience to that command of GoD, "Let not the good which is in you be evil-fpoken of." With this view I do at length give an anfwer to every man that afketh me a reafon of the hope which is in me, that in all these things I have a confcience void of offence, towards. GoD and towards man."

3. I have prefix'd hereto a Letter wrote feveral years fince, containing a plain account, of the rife of that little Society in Oxford, which has been fo variously reprefented. Part of this was published in 1733; but

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