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The Editor thinks it necessary to inform the public, that, in order to render this work more generally acceptable, he has taken the liberty of abridging a few passages ; and as some expessions are too antiquated for the taste of readers at the present day, he has endeavoured a little to modernise the language, where it could be done without altering the sense of the author.
LONG all the useful discourses which the press hath of late exposed to public view, I have not, as I remember, met with any which purposely and directly treated of the subject of this essay, notwithstanding it must be owned to be needful, useful, and at all times seasonable. It is not a point of controversy, but a maxim to which men generally subscribe, that, In God's favour is life.
All sorts of men plead for God's favour, and, in general, pretend to it. This is the case with perfons of all religions, and of all persuasions. Men cannot bear the thoughts of an exclusion from it, whatever be their state or their conduct. Both the religious and the profane make pretensions to it.The rich and great cannot say they are above it, the poor and mean think themselves entitled to it. The grossly ignorant dream of God's favour, as their lanctuary, though the Most High hath said of such, " It is a people of no understanding, therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and