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E S S A Y
Wherein is shewn,
A N D
The ADVANTAGES of a worthy Reception.
To which are added,
fuitable to the Subject.
To the End obat we should always remember the exceeding great
Love of our Master and only Saviour JESUS CHRIST tbus
L O N D ON:
Office, the King's- Arms, in Fleet-fireet.
R.Ware, S. Birt, B. Dod, 7. Baker, 7.and y. Rivington,
Τ Ο RICHARD TAUNTON,
Of Ramridge, Esq; Dear Sir, T long and uninterrupted Friendship, might alone have inclined me to offer you the following Sheets ; especially as your great Candour, and thorough Knowledge of my Engagements in another Way, would prompt you the more readily to make a favourable Allowance for the Uncorrectness of the Performance.
But give me Leave to say, it would not be doing You Justice, to insist on these Motives for making this Address, when fo many better may be urged: Such as your unfeigned Piety, your true Affection for the Church of Englanıl, your universal Benevolence, your well-regulated Charity, and hearty Zeal for your Country's Welfare, evidenced by very liberal Contributions in our lace Dangers and Troubles.
You, Sir, have attained to that happy State, which most Men are Strangers to, That of knowing when you have enough. After acquiring a Competency with the most unfullied Reputation, you have retired
from the Noise and Hurry of the World, to have the more Leisure to think upon God, and to prepare for that Eternity towards which we are all haftening,
And happy, Sir, shall I think myself, 'could this short Manual in any Degree allist your Devotion.
This I can venture to say without incurring the Imputation of Vanity, that the Materials I have made use of are generally good, since for the most Part they are not my own. My only Concern is left they should have lost a Part of their Force and Energy, by the unskilful Manner in which they may have been put together.
This Tract, such as it is, waits upon you as a Pledge of my heartiest Esteem and most sincere Affection. Be pleased to accept of it as such, with my unfeigned Prayers to the Giver of all good Gifts, that You and your worthy Lady may continue to enjoy the choicest of his Bleffings, and be as happy with each other, as an easy Fortane, a good Name, and what crowns all, a good Conscience can make you.
I heartily beg the Continuance of your Friendship, which is highly valued by,
HIS Book is the Substance:
of an Efsay I published in T French fome Time ago on the
Eucharift *. The Reason of
its present Appearance in English is not out of any Distrust that the | Books we have are insufficieiit; neither is it out of any Design to set up for an Autbor; but only to comply with an unwary Promise I made to the Bookseller, to give bim the Copy, at a Time when I could do it without much Inconvenience. Afterwards indeed, reflecting or the many
I received very considerable Helps in the French Edihon from the Rev. Mr Majendie fone of the Preachers of the Savoy, and Chaplain to the Earl of Grantham) who agaita kindly offered me his Assistance in the English Part : But the Distance we live asunder, made it to inconvenient for me to consult him often, that he read only two of the Sheets, before they were printed off.