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THE

LETTERS

THAT PASSED BETWEEN

THEODOSIUS

AND

CONSTANTIA;

AFTER

SHE HAD TAKEN THE VEIL.

THE FOURTH EDITION.

Ce fera cette paix dont fa Bonté fupréme
De fes vrais ferviteurs remplit la fainteté ;

Et que poffede un cœur qui rentrant en foi-meme
Enchaffe tout vanité.

D,

Thefe Letters are yet extant in the Nunnery, where
Conftantia refided, and are often read to the young
Religious, to inspire them with good Refolutions, and

Sentiments of Virtue.

ADDISON.

PIERRE CORNEILLES

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LONDON:

Printed for T. BECKET and P. A. DE HONDT,
at Tully's Head, in the Strand.

MDCCLXVI.

3 AFR 1924

ΤΟ

The RIGHT REVEREND

WILLIAM,

LORD BISHOP of

GLOUCESTER.

MY LORD,

T

O have let the pen fleep, after your Lordship had pronounced me able to serve the cause of our Divine Mafter, would have been an act of desertion. Before, I entered the

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lift only as a voluntier, and poffibly, like most other voluntiers, I neither did much good nor much harm. But when you, my Lord, who have given fuch proofs of your Generalfhip, recommended me to the field, I could no longer stay behind, nor, like other military Chaplains, during the heat of the battle, keep my station among

the baggage.

BUT your Lordship has been fo fuccefsful in your fpiritual warfare, that you have left little for me to do. You have defended religion with equal happiness from the uncandid attacks of her enemies, and the miftaken kindness of her friends.

You

have put the Wolf to death, and the Nurfe to-No, not to filence, my Lord; for in that cafe the muft have been put to death first at least.

BUT what will your Lordship fay to my forces? my forces! that con

fift of one bare-headed Father, and one defenceless Nun!

Do you ask, why I have employed Popish advocates in the caufe? I answer, that the circumftances of the parties were favourable to my defign, and that THEODOSIUS and CONSTANTIA write not in defence

of any particular fect, but in the behalf of Christianity.

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