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THE Author has twice before presented the result of his private moments to the public in the form of Meditations. In the Meditations of a Recluse,” he attempted to resist those principles of unbelief, which, a few years ago, seemed to spread themselves, like a dark cloud, over this happy land; and endeavoured to inculcate such a general regard for religious duties as appeared to him best calculated for that

purpose. In his “ Meditations for " the Aged," he directed the attention

to appropriate duties adapted to the several stages in the progress of human life. At present, the nature and condition of man, as a fallen and guilty creature, are the objects of his contemplation; and a desire of impressing upon the mind his true situation as an offender against the law of God; and consequently of inducing him to feel his dependence on God's mercy and goodness in Christ Jesus, after a profound and unprejudiced examination of his own heart. The cases of the peni

tent, under such circumstances, and of the prisoner, whether tied and bound with the chain of his sins only, or bearing also the actual fetters of the prison -house, are so nearly similar, that he has considered them under equal views. He is not afraid of giving offence to those of humble and contrite hearts by the comparison, because this is one trial of their sincerity. And, indeed, we never see the spirit of the Gospel more beautifully illustrated than in its application to the different conditions of human life. The evangelical Prophet's description of the office of Christ shall be the Author's last words on these subjects; and his last prayer shall be, that " the earth may be full of the know“ ledge of the Lord, as the waters

cover the seas !"_" The Spirit of “ the Lord is upon me: because the “ Lord hath appointed me to preach

good tidings unto the meek; he hath “ sent me to bind up the broken- . « hearted, to proclaim liberty to the “ captives, and the opening of the

prison to them that are bound; to


proclaim the acceptable year of the « Lord, and the day of vengeance of our GodTO COMPORT ALL THAT



GREATHAM, Oct. 20, 1812.

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