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DEFENCE

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THERON and ASPASIO,

507 Against the

Objections contained in a late Treatise,
entitled, Letters on Theron and Afpafio.
To which is prefix'd,

A Series of LETTERS from the late Rev.
Mr. JAMES HERVEY, to the Author, authenti-
cating this Defence with his intire Approbation,
and manifefting it to be the only one that can be
presented to the Public with that Authority.

The SECOND EDITION,

To which is added,

A Farther DEFENCE of Theron and Afpafio,
against the Objections of Mr. Jofeph Bellamy of
Bethlem in New-England, in his Treatife entitled,
Theron, Paulinus, and Afpafio.

With fome DIRECTIONS to the Readers of Theron
and Afpafio, and a cautionary PoSTSCRIPT.

The Whole forming a neceffary SUPPLEMENT
to Mr. HERVEY'S Dialogues.

LONDON:

Printed for E. DILLY, at the Rofe-and-Crown in the
Poultry; and J. CooTE, at the King's-Arms in Pater-
nofter-Row.

M.DCC.LXI.

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HE Intention of prefixing Mr.Hervey's Letters to this Reply, is, in Fact, to recommend it to the Attention of the Public, as fuch a farther Explication and Defence of Theron and Afpafio, as was quite agreeable to his own Judgment; fuch as (in Subftance) would have appeared in the World, in his elegant and entertaining Manner of Addrefs, had it pleafed the Sovereign Difpofer of all Events to have continued him in Life, and fuch as the prefent Situation of his Writings require.

It has been already remarked in the public Intimation of printing Mr. Hervey's Letters, that " when Wri

ters of a diftinguished Superiority have gained our "Admiration and Applause, we are fond of penetrat "ing into their more retired Apartments, and affociat"ing with them in the fequeftred Walks of private "Life" A Curiofity of this Nature cannot be more ufefully gratified; we cannot be ushered into Mr. Her vey's Company to better Purpose, than to hear him declare what he himself counted most valuable in all his Writings; that, which was his main Defign, and to which he would have his Readers continually advert; thofe Sentiments, which (as he expreffes it in one of his Letters) "I wish to have written on my Heart; fuch as I wish to fpeak and teach while I live; and in my Writings, σε (if my Writings furvive me) to teftifie when I am "dead *" More efpecially, if what he fo esteemed is the Doctrine of our Lord and his Apoftles, otherwife Mr Hervey's Efteem will be but of Small Account.

It feems the more neceffary that he fhould thus be made to fpeak for himself, fince fome who have diftinguished themselves as his peculiar Friends, and as very angry with Mr. Sandeman in his Behalf, are at the fame Time very likely to be no Friends to his Defence.

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* See p. 37.

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