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moft accomplished Perfon. Neither can there be a Wish, more fuitable to the Obligations or the Dictates of a grateful Heart, than that You may experience what You read, and be what You patronize.

DID Religion confift in a formal Round of external Obfervances, or a forced Submiffion to fome rigorous Aufterities, I should not fcruple to join with the Infidel and the Sensualist, to dread it in one View, and despise it in another. You need not be informed, MADAM, that it is as much fuperior to all fuch low and forbidding Singularities, as the Heavens are higher than the Earth. It is defcribed by an Author, who learnt its Theory in the Regions of Paradise, and who displayed its Efficacy in his own most exemplary Conversation.—It is thus defcribed by that incomparable Author; The Kingdom of God, is not Meat and Drink, but Righteoufnefs, and Peace, and foy in the HOLY GHOST.

To be reconciled to the Omnipotent GOD -To be interested in the unfearchable Riches of CHRIST-To be renewed in our Hearts, and influenced in our Lives, by the fanctifying Operations of the Divine SPIRIT—This

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is evangelical Righteoufnefs. This is genuine Religion. This, MADAM, is the Kingdom of GOD established in the Soul.-How benign and inviting is such an Institution! How honourable and advantageous fuch a State! And from fuch Privileges, what other Effects can flow, but that Peace, which paffseth all Underftanding? That Joy, which is unspeakable and glorious?

Is there any Thing in the Amusements of the Gay and Pursuits of the Ambitious, of greater, of equal, of comparable Value? Is not all that Wealth can purchase, all that Grandeur can bestow, somewhat like those glittering Bubbles, which when viewed are Emptiness, when grasped are Nothing? Whereas, the Comforts, the Benefits, the Hopes of Chriftianity, are at once fupremely excellent, and infinitely durable. A Portion, fuited to the Dignity of a rational Soul; large as its Faculties, and immortal as its Being.

ALL these Bleffings are centered in CHRIST; were purchafed by CHRIST; are communicated from CHRIST.—It is for want of knowA 3 ing

ing those boundless and everlasting Treasures of pardoning, juftifying, faving Merit, which the LORD JESUS CHRIST poffeffes, and which He freely dispenses even to Sinners, that fo many unthinking Persons are attached to ignoble Objects, and beguiled by delufory Pleafures. Unhappy Creatures! What can they do, but catch at Shadows, and stoop to Trifles, while they are ignorant of the grand, the substantial, the exalted Good?—It is for want of duly attending to that Fulness of Grace, and that plenteousness of Redemption, which dwell in our most adorable SAVIOUR, that fo many ferious Perfons are Strangers to the Tranquility and Sweetness of Religion: are subject to all its Restraints, but enjoy few, if any, of its Delights. Miftaken Zealots! How can they avoid the gloomy Situation and the uncomfortable Circumstance, so long as they withdraw themselves from the SUN OF RIGHTEOUS NESS and his all-chearing Beams?

MAY your LADYSHIP live continually under his heavenly Light and healing Wings! Be more fully affured of his dying Love, and have brighter, ftill brighter Manifestations of his

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his immense Perfections! By these delightful Views, and by that precious Faith, may your Heart Be transformed into his boly, his amiable, his divine Image! Your Happiness will then be just fuch as is wished, but far greater than can be expreffed by,

MADAM,

Your moft obliged, and

Wefton-Favell,
Jan. 6. 1755.

Moft obedient bumble Servant,

JAMES HERVEY.

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