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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 penitent, 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 prisonhouse, 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 knowledge 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

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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

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proclaim the acceptable year of the "Lord, and the day of vengeance of



GREATHAM, Oct. 20, 1812.

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