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A POLOG I A.

FOUR LETTERS

TO
A MINISTER

OF AN
INDEPENDANT CHURCH:

BY
A M IN I S T E R

OF THE
CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

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- Quid me alta filentia cogis
Rumpere -

Virg.
Let us therefore follow after the things which
make for peace, and things wherewith one may
edify another. For in Jesus Christ neither circum-
cision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcifion, but
faith which worketh by love,

Rom. xiv. 19. Gal.v.6.

** LONDON:
Printed for J. BUCKLAND, Paternoster-Row;
and J. JOHNSON, St. Paul's Church-Yard.

M DCC LXXXIV.

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APOLOGI A.

LETTER I.

... My dear friend and brother, VOU have more than once

I gently called upon me for the reasons which induced me to exercise my miniftry as a Clergyman of the Church of England, rather than among the

B Disfenters, Disfenters, where my first religious connections were formed, and with many of whom I still maintain a cordial friendship. Hitherto I have usually waved the subject, and contented myself with assuring you in general terms, that as the preference I gave to the establishment was the result of serious, and, I trust, impartial enquiry, so I had never seen reason to repent of it, no not for a minute, since the day of my ordination. I now purpose to give you a more particular answer, And as you are not the only person who have expressed a friendly surprize at my choice, I fhall com municate 'my reasons from the

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press, that all my friends who have been at a loss to account for my conduct may have such fatiffaction as it is in my power to give them. I shall, however, keep you particularly in my eye while I write, that a just sense of the candor and affection with which you have always treated me, may regulate my pen, and preserve me (if possible) from that harsh and angry spirit, into which writers upon controversial points, are too often betrayed. · I confess that as in this business my conscience is clear in the fight of Him to whom alone I am pro perly accountable; I could wish still to continue silent, and submit

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