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or continuing one moment longer who pretend hugely to Penance in so damnable a Sin. This she and Mortification for after our says is impossible for her to do; a Saviour had sent away the Woman Lover's imposibility is no more who was guilty of it, and accordthan a very great Difficulty, which ing to the Law of her Countrey, is for the most part rendred insu- was to have been ston'd to Death, perable only by their own Will, he bids her sin no more, lest á and obftinate Resolution, not to worse thing come upon ler; advert to any of these Arguments worse, even than that dreadful which wou'd sway 'em againt Death of Stoning ; which beirig their beloved Pasion: If then the the highest Punishment appointed does not ask our Advice in vain, for her Crime in this World, his without being beforehand resolvid Threatning must relate to another, never to take it, let her calınly

to that in which the Rabbies consider what follows, and call talk of, and the Holy Spirit also back her mind while she is doing describes in both Teftaments, the so, as often as ever it wou'd re- Destruction or Damnation of Soul lapse to the Thoughts of the Cri- and Body in the other World. Nor minal Object. Let her consider can this be avoided, by pretending the loss of her Honour, the abuse of the Woman was guilty of a greaher Love, the mortal Torment as ter Sin than the Querilt lives in, well as baseness and meanness of a because the fame Punishment, eWoman's Nighted Passion, for a

ternal Absence from God, or, as false Man to whom she has facri, the Rabbies express it, Exclusion fic'd more than all me had in the from any part in a better Life, is World, who already grows weary also plainly denounc'd against Forof her, and who in all probability nication

Not to heap up will very soon leave her, if the many Texts, see I Cor.6.9. Neidoes not prevent it by first leaving ther Fornicators, nor Adulterers, him. But beyond all this, beyond &c. nor Thieves, nor Drunkards, the Punishment and Infamy which &c, Swall inherit the Kingdom of the Law inflicts, and wherewith God. Fornication is here firit it brands those who are guilty of mention'd, and only refum’d of that Crime she lias so iong liv'd in, all the rest in the following Verses, and which she only escapes by because esteem'd only a light Sin Concealment, as Thieves and Mur- by the Heathens, v.18. Flee Fora derers; besides all this, let her nication ; for which the Apostle consider that Dishonour, Infamy, brings a reason, because our BoPunishments, nay, Death it self, dies are the Temples of the Holy (uppose the most bitter imagina Ghost; they are by our Saviour's ble, wou'd all be inconliderable, Death ransom’d, dedicated, and and not worth mentioning, in confecrated to God, who himfeif coinparison of that which certain. has said, i Cor. 3. 17. If any Man ly and infallibly waits for her, if defile the Temple of God, him he continues impenitent. The

The ('tis in the Original (1s] If any Breach of the Seventh Cominand- one whether Man or Woman) him, ment is no Vinia! Şin, whatever or them, fall GOD DESTROY. some Persons wou'd perswade us, And 'tis worth a Remark, that the

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Apostles Argument here bears e- to enlarge by New Discoveries) ven against a single Act, suppos'd

seems to lye yet in the OAR, unrepented, much more against and want refining. When I te an inveterate habit. From these

flect on the many and great plain Confiderations, the Querist Libraries that there are in Euand others may see the absolute rope, the continual Productions neceflity of their reforming from

of the Press, and confider also, this Sin, how difficult foever it That to take a cursory View of may at first appear, as ever they all that's publish'd, (I do not expect to avoid eternal Misery;L lay to make 'em ones own) nor are there wanting powerful 'wou'd take up Ages, whilst all and handsome Arguments on the

that's useful may be compriz'd other fije to perswadc'em to Peni- in a very few Books: How wel. tence: The Pleasure, the Honour, come a Task wou'd it be to the the Satisfaction of a pure, a clean World, to know how to chuse and a Holy Life, the recovery the belt, or rather to see so vast as much as is poffible, of their loft' Labour shortned, and the inHonour and Vertue, and washing finire Volumes of Contradiaway the foul Stains of their ctions reconcild. There have Vice by Tears of Repentance, as

been fome Philosophers who Magdalen and others have done have affirm'd all things equally before 'em And lactly, The difputable, and that the diffeunfailing Retribution prepar'd for rence only lyes in the Advantage the Religious in that better World,

' of well managing the Argument; that happy Place where no unclean

indeed it appears to me, that thing thall enter. This Question there are many things in most we have thus at large discours d

Sciences disputable enough; on, because the Disease is so Epi- ' which if brought to a jult and demical, and endeavour'd to ma- happy Issue, wou'd bid fair for nage it so as to obviate most of the

" the most considerable AdvanceObjections and Pretences usually ment that has been made in Lear. brought by those who are sò un. 'ning these many Years. bappy as to be infected with it. 'Tis a patronizing of Error,

' and highly tends towards the

' fettling of it, not to see what Gentlemen,

has been already faid upon SubSee you have receiv'd mine,

jects, but to impose crude and and have generously granted indigested Notions upon the me the Promise of a Correspon. World: It also tends to the Pro

dence. I liave yet something pigation of it, to dispute Ex' farther to offer ; but first, that tempore of things ; fince the

you may see the reasonableness strongest Objections can't be of it, I th ill briefy premise, That brought on a sudden, nor a just the Present State of Learning and vigorous Defence made for in the World, (which so many Truth, and thus weak Defen: great Men have labour'd to re

· dans, and triping Opponents, • deem froin the Prejudices of E leave the Cése worse than they $ ducation and Oblivion, as also

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tempt which can be free of these the many ways, sbich either my :2 ! Disadvantages, wou'd not be own Observation, or that of my

displeasing to you, therefore, Friends, whom I've consulted in • Gentlemen, I propose an Honour this Business, suggests, I find

rable Challenge, as a Pledge of these following to be most usual * Friendship, upon several dispu. An Interest is to be made at Court

table things, which you have ad-by discreet, &c. at the Universities • vanc'd in all parts of Learning : by able Drinking; in the City by And if the Controversie be ma

á Trial of skill at Canting ; in nag’d with that calm and Inge the Country by over-buying the nuous Procedure, which Pru- next Presentation

-It's fug'dence and our Reputation calls gested to me, that besides this,

for, it might contribute fo far there may be hopes of somerhing to our own Improvement and from the Seal, by large Fees to

Satisfaction, as wou'd infinitely under-Officers; from Colleges, by • out-ballance the Severity of the promising to be a Benefactor; Mom

Exercise. I promise my self an the Nobility, by marrying my La• Answer at your convenience, dy's Abigail ; from tbe Gentry, by and am

keeping the Squire company, or

Sometimes, &c. or killing the Tour very Humble Servant. Niece, or courting the Chamber

maid, or bandsomly entertaining T. B. bis Worship’s Guests at ones own

Coft I am sure by a wella made Interest, and a good Summ

of Money almost any where ; but E approve of the Dehgn by found Learning, serious Piety, firing you in your next to propose vation does not furniss me with your Subjects, and to give us Di- one Instance of Preferment. My rections how to send to you;which Request is, wbich of these ways is all at present from

you'd dired me to, or what other

that you think more likely to fucAthens. ceed, or less dishonourable? For

I've but little Interest, and less Q. Your Answers concerning | Money; and the Boys don't prothe CLERGY in your last mise any thing extraordinary, ei. Oracle, gave me such great fatis. ther as to Parts or Acquirements, fa&tion, that I am encouraged (if and I'm unwilling to put 'em upon it be not troublesome) once more any thing dishoneft, or unworthy to beg your Advice on cha: Sub the Charader of a Clergyınan. je&

I have two Sons, pret. Tour Speedy Answer will oblige, ty big Boys, at School, I design &c. them both for Clergy-men; and I

A. The Querift writes so keenly, have made it my business for some and seems to be so much in eartime to consider how I may dispose neft, that one wou'd almost think of 'em, so as to be in the readiest he had miss'd what he wou'd get Way to Preferment : Neid among \ for his Sons, we mcan Preferment:

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However there's no hurt, in bearti-dom. As for the Nobility and ly wishing he were mistaken in all Gentry, we are not much acquainhis Observations, as sure he is in ted with 'em; but however we some of 'em, particularly for the know they are Englifomen, and Court; tho' 'tis no wonder, if are not all so mean to be capable good Examples don't work now of such Actions. After all, tho' lo strongly as bad did formerly ; perhaps there mayn’t be many more yet ’ris to be hoped he has forgot Tour'd than fome of our felves in his Almanack, and is wander'd these Matters ; yet we can't be so back two or three King's Reigns unjust to our Country as this Genin his Imagination, it being as clear tleman is, but must own we have as Light, that never were such a seen many excellent Persons preSet of excellent Persons preferr'd ferrd, in our short time of knowin the Church by any Cours, fince ing the World, meerly for found thay glorious one of Queen Eliza- Learning, serious Piety, and true berh. For the Universities, what Desert, while others of less Merit ever the Practice may be, we are

have been juftly neglected fure the Laws are very severe a on which Head a certain more In. gainst Intemperance and that they genions than Pious Gentleman of are sometimes put in Execution; the Clergy, of late, was heard noris't possible for the Governors frankly to acknowledge, That he to know every thing, or be every must not expect Preferment under where ; yet this is commonly seen, this Government, because he saw that a vitious Life has been a valid Persons were now rais'd for their Objection against a Person's Pre: Deserts, If then the Queritt's ferment, and many thereby miss Children have these Accompliss. or lose what they might otherwisements, if they are endu'd with a obtain or enjoy. In this City, and sufficient Portion of Piety, Pruwhatever other places wherein dence, and Learning, and a little Popularity and Number carries it, i Patience withal; if they are not Ptis impossible but that the less for running themselves into the wise, which the greater part is World before they are fit for that, likely to be, thou'd often prevail; or that for them; notwithstanding tho'even here too, we see in many all the Corruptions in Court, CounCases, Heads prevail againft Hands, try, University, City, &c. they'll and a few prudent Men in a Parish in all probability meet with such manage the rest so as to perswade Preferments as they may comfor’em to make wiser Choices than tably live upon : But if they thou'd perhaps they'd otherwise do; of mifs of it, and only wear out a which there needs no clearer Evrtroublesome Life in w'ant, or exdence to any considering Man, peilation, which o'ih'two is the than a short Reflection on the greatest Torment: If they Mou'd Manners and Learning of the Bo- lee Knaves and Fools vaunt before dy of the present London Ciergy, ein, and they still trudge aloot whoin even their worst Enemies through the World, gping after are forc'd to confefs more conside this Lord's Promifi, l'other's wish, rable, both for Loyalty and allo- and the third's gooi Word; yet if ther l'ertues, than any in the King. I they bave true Piery at the botton,

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they'll chearfully through all, and willing to let go all your Pretena be well satisfy'd and happy in fions to the Profession, or Rewards trusting their Preferments to a- of Chriftianity) that you are obnother World and if they lig'd in Conscience, and for your have not these Qualifications, if own Reputation, to continue what they are either lewd or dud, never you call Charity. We are affur’d think of a Gown for 'em, nor spoil from Sacred Writ, that Charity is a good Soldier or Cobler to make a the way to get an Eftate, rather bad Parfon.

than grow poor: So that if you Q. I have kept my Father this find your Trade and Concerns in several years upon Charity, he the World not to answer your Exbeing old, and not able to work pectation, it is not owing to the for his Living; and by reason of Charge of your Father's Maintethe deadness of Trade, I have nance, but from some other Reafound it hard upon me, my other sons ; as a not right understanding Charge being very

great. I would of your Trade; for want of an obnot be wani ing in my Duty to liging prudent Carriage towards wards him; I have been as good your customers; or being settled a Husband in my Expences a- in an ill Place, or something else: broad as possible I think; I have | But as for th

But as for the maintenance of your not kept any Company that should Father, we think it a Debt you occasion it, but such as are my highly owe him, as being next unCustomers; and I have spent no der God the Author of your Being, more than what I have thought and who provided for you from necessary, and never to any Ex- your Childhood, and put you into travagancy at all , Jet notwith.

a Capacity of providing for your standing I do find that my Trade felf. We read in Pliny's Natural will not answer my Charge ; and History, of some Fowls and Brutes I do fear that if I continue to keep that provide for their aged Parents; hin, it may occasion me to be in and why a rational Creature shou'd Some measure uncapable to pay helitate, and hardly comply with every Man his own ; and if I a Duty that a meaner Classis of turn him out of Doors, be must of Creatures teach him, is somethirg necessity beg, he having no other strange, especially in a Country Friend in tbe World, and that where the Christian Religion flouyou know, Gentlemen, is very riffes. hard for me to see, or bear of; Q. A Person of some Estate and no Parish is obliged to keep and Family baving bad High him that I know of, by reason of Treason Sworn against him, tho his often removing. More might falsely and maliciously, so that inbe laid, but this is the Summ of evitably be muft die for the same, it, for I fear I have been 100 te- and his family be ruined; meeting dious already, therefore pray give his Man on the Road, and bame your Advice what I must do in ving a fair Opportunity, falls on chi's Cale; and in so doing, you and kills him, in hopes to prevent will very much oblige your humble that which would otherwisé inevi. Servant.

eably bifall himself: Query, If A. We think (unless you are Elis Man is gui'ry of Murder ben

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