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REV. JOHN WITHERSPOON, d. D. L. L. D.

LATE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT PRINCETON,

NEW JERSEY.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED

An Account of the Author's Life, in a Sermon occasioned

by his Death,

BY THE Rev. DR. JOHN RODGERS,

OF NEW-YORK.

IN FOUR VOLUMES. VOL. III.

SECOND EDITION, REVISED AND CORRECTED.

PHILADELPHIA :

Printed and Published by WILLIAM W. WOODWARD,

No. 52, South Second Street.

1302.

[Copy Right Secured.]

HARVARD COLLEGE LCRARY

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THE SEQUEST OF
EVERT JANSEN WENDELL

1918

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PASTORAL LETTER

FROM THI

SYNOD OF NEW-YORK AND PHILADELPHIA,

To the Congregations under their Care ; to be read from

the Pulpits on Thursday, June 29, 1775, being the Day of the general Fast.

VERY DEAR BRETHREN,

THE

THE Synod of New York and Philadelphia, being

met at a time when public affairs wear so threat ning an aspect, and when (unless God in his sovereign Providence speedily prevent it) all the horrors of a civil war throughout this great continent are to be apprehend. ed, were of opinion, that they could not discharge their duty to the numerous congregations under their care, without addressing them at this important crisis. As the firm belief, and habitual recollection of the power and presence of the living God, ought at all times to possess the minds of real Christians, so in feasons of public calamity, when the Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth, it would be an ignorance or indifference highly criminal not to look up to him with reverence, to implore his mercy by humble and fervent prayer, and, if possible, to prevent his vengeance by unfeigned repentance. Vol. III.

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