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Med. XI. The disappointment turned out a piece of kindness. O how blind is man! O how kind is heaven! In the Royal Navy, in time of war, he wrote several of them. A groundless slander, hurtful to him, though not of an immoral nature, was the occasion of his writing Med. XVIII. As what has happened to him may befal others, he hopes these few meditations, written for his own use, may be useful and acceptable to serious souls."

The Editor, entertaining the same hopes, recommends them to the blessing of God, and to the acceptance of the saints. He hopes that the reception of the present volume will give encouragement to the speedy publication of the other series of Meditations, styled, THE TRAVELLER; to which, if God will, shall be prefixed, a Memoir of the Author's life, collected chiefly from the numerous manuscripts which he has left behind him.

Nov. 25, 1803.S


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