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BY JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, LL. D. F. R. S. &c.

Si juxtá apostolum Paulum Christus Dei virtus est, Deique sapientia, et qui nescit scripturas nescit Dei virtutem ejusque sapientiam, ignoratio scripturarum ignoratio Christi esti

JEROME IN ESAIAM

NORTHUMBERLAND:
PRI N T E D

AUTHOR,
BY ANDREW KENNEDY, Franklin's Head, QUEEY-STREET.

FOR

THE

1803.

4 Jandary, 1892.

From the Library of

THOMAS HILL, D.D.

THE DEDICATION.

To WILLIAM RUSSEL, Esg.

AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CON

GREGATION OF PROTESTANT DISSENTERS

OF THE NEW MEETING AT BIRMINGHAM.

MY CHRISTIAN FRIENDS,

REMOVED

MOVED as I have long been from you, and to a distant part of the world, the idea of our happy connexion, which sublifted more than ten years, is always present with me, and the reflection upon it affords me peculiar satisfa&ion. My feparation from you by ruffian violence, which received too much countenance from the general spirit of the times, and to appear. ance, from the government that should have pro

is a subject of great regret; tho', together with all other evils that are permitted to take place

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in the unsearchable ways of providence, we can: not doubt but that it will ultimately appear to have been productive of good.

To the will of the greatest and best of Beings it clearly behoves us to fubmit without repining; and our enemies, tho' on account of the unworthy motives by which they were actuated, they are by no means èxcusable, yet being considered as the instruments in his hands, should be regarded with pity rather than reientment. By this time too, it may be presumed that the most inveterate of them aré convinced of the unreasonableness of their con. dud, and truly repent of it, which will -intitle them to the forgiveness of every christian.

It has been impossible for me not to take an in. terest in every thing that has befallen

you removal, and I rejoiced in your uncommonly flourishing state presently after your sufferings, through your noble fortitude, and the peculiarly ardent and valuable services of my. successors in the ministry ; and I have lamented some circum{tances of an unfavourable nature, with respect to which your sentiments have not been unanimous, tho' they have terminated without any serious in, convenience... Dillentions in christian churches, are, no doubt, greatly to be, lamented, but they give occafion to the exercile of many christian virtues, especially those of meekness; for bearance, and

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mutual candour, in which I am confident you will not be deficient. Soit:

It was while I was with you that I forft undertook the business of expounding the scriptures from the pulpit, and began with this view co compose the Notes of which the following publication con. fifts; and therefore it is to you, and to shew my grateful remembrance of our happy connexion, that I take the liberty to dedicate them. Had it not been for the ready concurrence of the society, and the active co-operation of Mr. Russell, and the other leading members of the congregation, who concurred with every proposal that I made, neither this course of exposition, nor the syslem of catechetical lečtures to the young people, with the appointment of elders to allist me in it, or the establihment of your congregational library, could have been carried into execution. But by this means all my schemes for improving the discipline, and promoting the edification, of the foci. ety had the advantage of the fairelt trial; and being found, in some good measure, to answer the valu. ble ends proposed by them, they have been adopted by other societies in different parts of the kingdom.

Happy will it be for the christian world in general when all christian societies shall adopt whatever promises to tend to their edificatio:1, and a 3

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