This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...much acquired by learning, and both as much improved with thinking and study, as, perhaps, any libertine of the age,.. yet, when he reflected on all his former courses, even before his mind was illuminated with better thoughts, he counted them madness and folly. But, when the powers of religion came to operate on him, then he added a detestation, to the contempt he formerly had of them, suitable to what became a sincere penitent; and expressed himself, in so clear, and so calm a manner, so sensible of his failings towards his Maker and his Redeemer, that, as it wrought, not a little, on those that were about him, so, I hope, the making it public may have a more general influence, chiefly on those, on whom his former conversation might have had ill effects. I have endeavoured to give his character as fully as I could take it: for, I, who saw him only in one light, in a sedate and quiet temper, when he was under a great decay of strength, and loss of spirits, cannot give his picture with that life and advantage, that others may, who knew him when his parts were more bright and lively: yet, the composure he was then in, may, perhaps, be supposed to balance any abatement of his usual vigour, which the declination of his health brought him under. I have written this discourse with as much care, and have considered it as narrowly, as I could. I am sure, I have said nothing but truth; I have done it slowly, and often used my second thoughts in it; not being so much concerned in the censures that might fall on myself, as cautious, that nothing should pass, that might obstruct my only design of writing; which is the doing what I can, towards the reforming a loose and lewd age. And, if such a signal instance, concurring with all the evidence that we have...
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