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Ihre Bewe. yohn William de la:Tahene?

Puthshal by JKingston Baltimore.

APPEAL

TO

MATTER OF FACT & COMMON SENSE,

OR, A

RAȚIONAL DEMONSTRATION OF

MAN'S CORRUPT AND LOST ESTATE.

WITH THE ADDRESS TO
EARNEST SEEKERS FOR SALVATION.

AND
AN APPENDIX.

From the Nineteenth London Edition.

TO WHICH IS NOW ADDED,
THE LIFE OF THE VENERABLE AUTHOR,
Compiled for this work from the most authentic sources,

BY J. KINGSTON,

Tidur

BALTIMORE:
Printed for and sold by J. Kingston, at his Book and Stationary Store,

No. 164, Market-Street; sold also by the principal Booksellers in
the United States.

1814.
J. Robinson, Printer.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

0241

A TOR, LENIX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

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DE IT REMEMBERED, That on this thirty-first day of May, in the ***** thirty-eighth year of the Independence of the United States

of America, John Kingston, of the said District, hath depoSEAL.

sited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he

** claims as proprietor, in the words and figures following, to wit:

“ Fletcher's appeal to matter of fact and common sense ; or, a ra« tional demonstration of man's corrupt and lost estate. With the ad. “ dress to earnest seekers for salvation. And an appendix. From the “ nineteenth London edition. To which is now added, the life of the “ venerable author, compiled for this work from the most authentic “ sources,-By John Kingston."

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned," and also to the act, entitled, “ An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,” and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints.

PHILIP MOORE, Clerk of the

District of Maryland.

PREFACE.

“ GREAT and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are thy ways, O King of Saints.” These scripture facts were the delightful subjects of Mr. Fletcher's contemplations, and were certainly in a very uncommon degree displayed in the conviction, conversion, and sanctification of this most extraordinary man. Switzerland may well be glad that she gave him birth, England yet more abundantly so that there he was born again from above, and in that (his adopted country) he shone as a burning and shining light for nearly thirty years, preaching the gospel to the people, with the Holy Ghost sent down from Heaven. In fine! the whole christian church, dispersed throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, have cause directly or indirectly to praise God for the good services this apostolic man has rendered mankind by his labours from the pulpit and the press, also by his pure and spotless life, and by his solemn and triumphant death! No doubt the fervent and effectual prayers of this righteous man availed much with the Almighty, even beyond all that we can now conceive, and brought down upon himself and others such blessings, the value of which can only be known in the great day when John Fletcher shall cast his crown at the Redeemer's feet and say “here I am, Lord, and the children which thou hast given me.” When I was at Madeley some years ago, I felt as if I was treading on holy ground, when I found myself in the study of that blessed man, the place where he wrote his incomparable writings, and saw the wainscoat of the room discoloured by the breath of his prayer, which on its way to Heaven had passed upon it!

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