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The appearance was, as it were a wheed :

in the middle of a wheel.

S4 H A T E V E R may be the pri-
w mary auaning of this myflerious
S* paffage of Scripture, many feri-
S*--J~- ous Chriffians in all ages have
applied it in a secondary fenfe, to the manner
wherein the adorable Providence of God. pfu..
ally works in governing the world. They
have judged this expreffion manifefly to al-
lude to the complicated vwheels of his Provi-
dence, adapting one 'event to another, and
working one. thing by means of another. In
the whole procefs of this, there is an endlcf
-variety :f wheels within whee.t But' tiey
at;i frequently fo difpoTed .au o mpficated,
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2. Perhaps no Age ever afforded a more
1riking intLance of this kind t-ha?.,h prrtent;
does, in the Difpenfations.ofT Divig Pravi-
dence -with rcfpt& to our Colonies in North.
America. In order to fee this clearly,. let. us
endeavour, according to the measure of our
weak underfianding,

Fir~A To trace each wheel apart:


Secaully,' To confer both, as they relate to,
and anfwtr each other.

I. And firft. We are to trace each Wheel
a pi rt .. 'l

SIt is byL no means my defign, to give a parti-
culAr detail.of the late tranfaaions in .merica ;
*bu.t barely to give a fimple and naked dcduc-
tion of a few well-knowli faWls.

I know, This is a very delicate fubje&l. and
that i i difficult, if. not impofible, to treat it
in fuch a rlanfigr as not to offend, any; par-
licularly. t)pfg whpg are wmjry attache .to
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x. In the year 1736, it pleaded God to be-
gin- a work of -grace in the .newly planted
Colony of Georgi; then the Southernmoft of
our Settlements on the Continent of America.
To thofe Englifh who had fettled there' the
year before, were then added a body of Mora- t\
Vlans, fo called : And a larger body, who had
been expelled from Germany by the Archbilhop
of Salszhurg. There were men truly' fearing
God and working rig`hteoufncfs. At the fame
time there began an awakening among thd
SEngh, both at Savannab and Frederica.: Many
enquiring, "4What thev muft do to be faved ?"
tnd b ngin"g frt frits meet fir J'pentance.
In the. fanme.year there broke ot a -va i.
derfulI work of God, \in .fevral pain" 'rf NVwc.
Eng/an, It began: in Nortbampite ifnd j'if a
little time appeared in the adjoininig tawts.
A particular and beautiful account of .i's -was
publitI4 JAbt M r.* .$dwa d; Miiftker. of Nor-
*thtwmpton. Many Maers wr*ra dspy 4!nivhne4w
of fin, and many truly converted to God,. 1
fuppofe, there had been no instance in America,
o f fo fwift and dtep ifat'wrk of Grace, foran
hundred yarsbefo6t.: Nay, nor perhiaLiked .
the ngliyh fettled there. ..
.3. The followifig year the work; .of" G6d
read by degrees from NIw-Engtand a vwardi
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the South, At the fame' time it advanced 'by
flow degrees from Georgia towards the Northi
In a few fouls it deepened likewise ; 'and fome
of them witneffed a good con fefipn, both i|
life and in death. .

4. In the year 1738, Mr. Whicficd cat.i
ever to GeortP, with a dtfign to afiif mre in
i reaching, either to the' tngjl or the Indians.
But as- I was embarked for elng adefore he
arrived, he preached to the Englig altogetiher
firft in Gecrgia, to which his chief fervice was
due, then in South and North Cizroina, and af-
terwards in the intermediate Provinces, till
he came to New-Eng-land. And all men owned
that God was with him, wherefoever he wvcnt ;
giving a Genera Cal], to high and low', rich
and, poor, to.".epent and believe the Gofpl., '
Miany. were not difobedient to the heavenly
calling; they did repent and believe the Gof-.
pel. And by. his Minifiry a line of Communi-
cation,was formed, quite from Geergia.to New-
Englad. ,

.' 5 Within d few years he made federal more
voyages to America, and took several more jouar.
neys throw' the Provinces. And in every jour
ney he found -fref ieafon to blers God, who
fill prospered the work of his. hands; there
being more and more in all -the Provinces, whp.

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found his word to be the pwer of God untoa fa
vaton. .

6. But the laft journey he made, he at-
knowledged to fome of his friends, that he
had much forrow and heavinefs in his heart,
on account of multitudes who for a time ran
well, but afterwards drew back. unto perdition.
Indeed in a few years, the far greater part of
thofe who. had once received the word with joy,
yea, had efaped the corruption that i in the world,
were intangled again nd overcome. Some were
like thofe who received the feel on fiony prount,
which in time oftemptation withered away.. Others
were like thofe -who received it among thorns ;
the thorns foon prangg up and choaked it. Info-
mukh that he found exceeding few,.who brought
firth fruit .t perfetion. A vafi majority had
entirely turned back from the hoa commaudmsnt
.nce delivered to them. -


7. And what- wonder ? For, it ,was a true
faying, which was common in the antient
Church, The Soul- and the Body make a
_Man, and the Spirit and Difciplinc make a
'Chriftian." But thofe who were more or leis
affe&ed by -Mr. Whhitef.sld's ~ eachiig, had
no Difcipline at all. Theyflia no Shadow of
.Difcpline; ,nothing of the kind. They were
forced into' no Societies. They had no
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ever taught to watch over each others' .foulI
So that-if any fell- into lukewarmnefs, or even
~lqto firn, he had hon. to ft him ip : He might
fall owner and lower; yea int6 hell, if he
Would ; for who 'regarded it?
S 8. Thirtg were in this *fatt when about
St&even: years ago, I received fevetal Letters
frott Atcihica, giving a melancholy account of
the ftae of Religion in moft of the Colonie%
aAtd eartnefly- intteating, that fomie of our
'Pretchers Woeld- cc" v we"r fand bh' b It
S was: beheve4, -they might 'ccbfirm inany that [
trere weak or wavering and lift up many that
were fallen: Nay, and that they would fr ,
S m re fruit of their la ours in A)ferica 'than they
had done either in, England or Ir eand.

S9. This was considered at large in our years
ly Conference, at Brffol, in the. year 1767.
And two of our Preachers willitgly offered
themflives, viz. -Ricbard Boa*dman and J7o ph
Pillmoo; T. Tey were men, ell reported of
by all, and (we believed) fully qualified for
the tork; Accotdingly, after a few days fpent
in London,- they-chearfully tvent ovn. They
laboured firf in Pbiladelphia. and New rrtr:
Afterwards in many other places. And every
where God was effdtently with -them, And

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L gave them to fce much fruit of their labour.
What was wanting .before, was now supplied:
Thofe who werc defirous to fave their fouls,
were no longer a rope of fand, but clave to
.one another, amd began to watch over each
other in love. Societies were formed,, and
ChrifLian Difciplire introduced in all its bran-
ches. -Within a few years after, fc.veral more
of the Preachers were willing to go and affft
them. And God raifedt up many natives of
Sthe country, who were glad to a t in connexi-
-on with them: till there were two and twenty
4Travelling Preachers in America, who kept
their circuits as regularly as thofe in England.

I 0. The work of God then not only fprcad
wider, particularly in Norti Carolina, Aaryland,
Virgin, P"ca i vania, and the ferf/ys, but funk
abundantly deeper than ever it had done be-
fore. So that at the beginning of.,the late
troubles, there were three thousand fouls con-
ne&ed.togedier in religious .Societies : And a
great number of thefe witneffed, that the Son
of God hath power onearth to forgive fin.

Sii. But now it was, that a. bar appeared ia
the way., a grand hindrance to the progrefrsof
-Religion. The immenfe Trade of America,
.greater in proportion than even that of the Mo-
ther Country, .brought in an immenfc flow of
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Mealth ; which was alfo continually increaf-
ing. Hence both Merchants and Tradefmen
of various kinds, accumulated money without
end; and rofe from indigence to opulent for-
tunes, quicker than any could do in Europe.
Riches poured in upon them as a flood, and
treasures were heaped up as the fand of the fea.
And hence naturally arife unbounded Plenty,
of all the Neceffaries, Conveherifcies, 'yea and
Superfluities of Life.

* 12. One general consequence of this was.
.Pride.. The more Riches they acquired, the
more _they were regarded by their neighbours,
as men of weight and importance. And they
would naturally fee themselves, in at leaft as
fair a light as their neighbours.aw them. Arid
accordingly, as they rofe in the world, they
rofe in their opinion of themselves: As it is
generally allowed,

f A thousand, pound supplies
The want of twenty thoufand qualities "

S6 the richer they grew, the more admiration
they gained, and the more applaufe they re-
ceived. Wealth then bringing in more ap
plaufe, of course brought in more Pride, tiUl
they really thought themselves as much wifer,
-as :they were wealthier thaj their neighbours.
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SX3".' A-nother natural consequence of Wealth
^ ,'was Lanury; particularly in Food. We are
apt.to imagine, nothing can exceed the luxu-
rious living, which ;now prevails in Grcas
SBritain and Ireland. But alas what is this to
that. which lately prevailed in Philadclpbia and
Other parts of Nor th iAmerica P A merchant or
midling. Tradefman there, kept a table equal
to that of a Nobleman -in England:- Entertain-
ing his guests with ten, twelve,.yea sometimes
twenty dishes of meat at a meal! And this
w:a was fo far from being blamed by.any one, that
Sit was. applauded as Geierofity and Hofpi-
tality. :
Ad" n ot
S4.i And is not ldlenf naturally joined wit
'1 fullnefs of bread ? Does not Sloth eafily fpring
from Luxury ? It did fo here in an eminent
degree; fich Sloth as is fcarce named in Eng-
latd. Perfons in the bloom of yoith, and in
perfe&" health, could hardly bear to put on.
their own cloaths. The Slave muff be called
to do this, and. that, .and every thing :.It is i
too great labour, for the MaVter or.Miftrefs
It is a wonder, they would be at the pains of
putting meat into their own moutis "Why
did they not imitate the lordly -lubbers in Gbi-
na, who are fed by a flave ftaxiding on eick

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rgr .Who, .can wonder, if Sloth alone beget
Mtantlqnefsi .. -as i t not .always had. this, efie ?
Wa. it. not Laid near to thufand .years ago,

ujarietr, jEgj hus quatre fadts actlter?
In promp caufa eft: dcFidjs et.

And when Sloth aid Luxury atr jdi*ed tbogc-
ther, -will' they: riot priducean b n nd*t f ff
fpring ? -T.his- they cart.a ec1v t tiae dibn
theef parts. I: was -forprit a.fcw years ago,
at a letter I received from Philakdcpbia, where-
in were (nearly) thefe words. "< You think
the- Women in England, (many of there, I
mean) do not-abound in Chaftity. Bu yt )t 1
the generality of your Women, if compared
with oursi might anmoft pafs for Veffal.Vir-
gins. Now this complication of Pride,
Luxurry, Sloti, ; ida Wanitodnefs, nati~raly aril
fig from vait. Wealth and Plenty, was the
grald hIiihdraice' to"the spreading of true Re.-
ligi.oW thi6' the 'Cties of Nortb Anmerictr.

II. :Let usTnow fee the other Wheel of Di-
vine Providence, : .

ix It may. jeafonably.. be ftppofed, that thb
Colonies. in .uNew England had from their very,
beginning,. an hankering after Independency.
It could not be expefed to be otherwise, con.
fidering their Families, their Education, their

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Relations, and the Connexions they had forni-
ed before they left their native Country. They
were farther inclined to it, by the fevere and
unjuff treatinent which many of them had met
with in hEtland. This might well create in
them a fear, left they should meet with the like
again, ajealoufy of thcir Governors, and a de-
fire of flaking off that.Dependence, to whckh
they were never thoroughly -reeoiciled. The
Same Spihir they commuhitated tb their Chil- *
iren, from whom it defcendcd' to the prcfent
Generation. Nor could it be effaced by all the
Favours and Benefits, which they continually
received from the 'ni/h Govetrnment.,
". 2 This Spirit generally prevailed, efpcir
ally iwyBon, as early as the year 1737
S .ths "year, my Brother being detained there
Sibmne .time, s was -greatly furprizcd to hear al-
I mof in every company, whether of Miniftfrse
- Gentlemen, Mvrchants, or Common People,
Where any thitfg of the kind was me.ntioiTnd,
S -We m'uft' be indepeiedent; we will be In-
dcpiedent: We will bear the Eng/h yoke n6
S (< longer. We'will be our own Governors."
Th is appeared_ to beeven then the Generaf
Defire of the People: Altho' it is not proba-
ble, that there was at thht time any formed
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to think they were able to ftand alone
the power of Great Britain.


3. A Gentleman who was there in the fol-
lowing year,. bferved the fame fpirit in every
corner of the town W:Vhy should thefe Eng-
1h Blockheads rule over US .'" was then the
common -language. And as one, encouraged
another herein, the'iv.it of Independency rofe
higher and higher, il it began to fpread in;
to the other Colonies, bordering upon NVr-
England. Neverthelefs the fear. of their trou-
blefome Neighbours, then in polcffion of
Canada, kept them within bounds, and for a
time prevented the flame from breaking but.
But -when theR Engli/h had removed that fear
from them, when CGaada was ceded tcrthe King
of Great Britain: _The Defire then ripened into
a formed design. Only a conveenit Oppor-
tunity was wanting* :

4. It was not long before that Opportunity
appeared. Thie Stamp-A&. was pafled ,and
fent over to America. The Male-contents faw
and preffcd their advantage: They represented
it as a common Caufe; and by proper Emif-
faries fpread their own spirit through another
and another Colony. By inflammatory Papers
of every kind, fhey ftirred up the minds of the
People. They vilified firft the Engglih Min-
ty, representing them, one and -all as the

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verieft wretches alive, void of all Honefty,
Honour and Humanity. .By the fame methods
they next inflamed the People in general a-
gainft the Briti/ Parliament, representing
them as the moft infamous villains upon earth,
as a company of bafe, unprincipled hirelings.
But fill they affetcd to reverence the King,
and poke very honour ily of him. Not long:
A few months after, ~ey treated him in the
fame manner they had done his Minifters.and
his Parliament.

5. Matters being now, it was judged,. in.
sufficient forwardnefs, 'an Affociation was
formed between the Northern and Southern
" Colonies, both took up arms, and conflituted
Sa Supreme Power, which they termed The Con-
greis. But fill they affirmed, their whole Dc-
fign was to fecure their Liberty: And even
to infinuate, that they aimed at any thing
more, was faid to be quite cruel and unjuft.
But in a little time they threw off the maik;
and boldly affected. their own Independency.
Accordingly, Dr. Witherfpoon;- Prefident of the
College in New 7erfey, in his Addrefs to the
Congrefs, (added to a Faft-Sermon, published
by him, Auguft 3d, 1776) ufes the following
words: It appears now, in the clearest man-
n'er, that till very lately, thofe who seemed
to take the part of America, in the Britij/
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S" Parliament, never did it on Americim-Prin-
"-- ciples. They either did not undcrftand, or
were not willing to admit, the Extent of our
: (7ain Even the great Lord Chatham's Bill
*" for Reconciliation, would -not have been ac-
cepted hcrc, and did n-t materially dier from
C" ~wlat the MIjnliy wituld bae cofreted to."
Here it is avowed, that their claim was lndc-
pendency; and that t would accept of no-
thing lefs.

6* By this open and avowed defe6ion from,
and -defiance of their Mother Country (whe-
ther it was defensible, or not, is another quefr
~ tibn :) at leaft nine parts. in ten, of their imr
menfe trade to Eurcpe, Afa, 4afica, and other
Sports of America were cut off at one ftrokd.
In lieu of this they gained at firft perhaps an
hundred .thoufanld pounds a year by their nu-
merous Privateers. .But even .then, this was
upon -the whole, no gain at all; for they loft
as many flips as they took. 'Afterwards they
took fewer and fewer : and in the mean time
they loft four or five millions yearly, (per-
haps fix. or even) which their Trade brought
them in. What was the neceffary confequence
.of this? Why, that as the .Fountain of their
Wealth was dammed up, the streams of it
tnuft rn lower and lower, till they were
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Provinces are no richer thin the poorest part
either of Scotland at Ireland.

7. Plenty declined in the fame proporti6nas
Wealth, till universal Scarcity took place. lIn
a thort tirie, there was. every where felt a deep
want, not only of the. Superfluities, n6t only
of the common Conveniencics, but even of
the Neceffaries:of life; Wholefomne food was
Sot to bc -procured,. but at, a very advanced
Price. Decent Apparel was not to had, 'no
even in the large towns. Not ornly velwts
and filks, and fafhionable ornamcnta, withh
might well be fpiared) but even Linwr and
woolen Cloaths were not to be purchafed a;
S .any price whatfoever. '

S. Thus have we observed eachof thefe
Wheels part: On the one hand, Trade,
Wealth Pridr, Lviuryi Sloth, and Wantowns
..efsi-fprading far and wide, thro. .the Amdras
Provinces' ; On the other the Spirit of J.la
tendency, diffufing itfrlf from North to Soutfb.h
Let us now observe how each of. thfe Wheel-
relates toi and answers the other: How the
wife, and gracious -Proidence of God, uaes,
one to check the course of the other, and even
employs. if fo flrong an expreffion may be
allowed) Satan to caft out Satan Probably
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Sther vices, the spirit of Independency, to-have
overturned the whole work of God, as well as
the Briti/ Government in North America. But
He that fitteth in heaven laughed him to corn,
and- took the wife in his own craftinefs. By
means of this very spirit there is reason to be-
lieve, God will overturn every hindrance of
That work.
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9. We have feen, h6 by the breaking out
of this fpirit, in open defiance of the Briti/y
Government, an effedtual check was give to
the Trade of thofe Colonies. They them-
felves, by a wonderful ftroke of Policy, threw
up the whole trade of their -Mother-Country
and all its Dependencies! Made an AKt, That
no Brhit~ Ship should enter into any of their
Harbours Nay, they fitted out numberlefs
Privateers, which feized upon all the Briti/
Ships they could find. The King's Ships
S feized an equal number of thcir's. So theii
foreign trade too was brought almost to no-
thing. Their Riches died away with their
Trade. Especially as they had no Internal
Refources. The flower of their youth, before
employed in Hufhandry, being now drawn off
into their, armies, fo that the moff fruitful
lands were of no ufe, none being left to till
the ground .And when Wealth fled away,
(as was before observed) to did Plenty too;

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Abundance of all things being fuc
scarcity of all things.

1o. The Wheel now bh
the Wheel. The Trade
Americans failing, the gran
failed alfo : for few admir
And being defeated by mo;
they did not altogether
felves. m Efpecially when
S trial, that they had griei
their own ftrcngth which
doubt would be sufficient
it. It is trIe, 'many o
themselves; but others w

xI, Poverty and Scarci
it, fruck till more diref&I
Luxury. There was-no pli
moderate Superfluity either
rel. They fought no mor
obtain fo much as plain foi
tain nature. And they w
could procure coarfe apparc
and warm. Thus they m
fame condition tHeir Forefa
the Providence of God bro
Country. They were nea
ward circumstances. Happ
wife in the fame spirit


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egan to move within!
.and Wealth of rhe
d incentives of Pride

e or flatter the Poore
ft of their admirers,
inuch admire them-.
ey found, upon the
voufly miscalculated
h thev had made no
to carry all before
f them fil exalted
ere truly and deeply .

ty confequent upon
y at the root of their
ice 110ow for that im-
r o Food or Appa-
'e, and could feldom -
3d, fufuicien to fut-
ere content if they
, to keep them clean
rere reduced to the
others were in, when '
ought them into this
rly in the fame out-
y, if they were like-.

m2. Poverty

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12. Poverty and Want ftruck. at the root of
Sloth alfo. It was now no time to fay, little
", morejqeep, a little more/Tumber a little more fading
o f tbt bands to rt/?. If a man would not work
now, it. was plain, .he could' not eat. All the
pains he could take were little enough to pro-
cure the bare neceffaries of life: Seeing, -on
the one hand, fo few cf them remained; their
t. own armies having .4pt away all before then:
SAnd, on theothery hat remained bore fo high
A. price, that exceeding few were able to par- ,.
chafe them.

S13. Thus: by the adorable Providelnce of
SGod, the" main hindrance- of this work ari
removed. And in how wonderful a iWnrhcft r
Such as it never could have entered into the
l art of fani to conceive. Thofe hindrance
fiad been growing up and continually increaf-
i n Ifr omany years. What God forefaw
vould, prove .the Remiedy, grew up with the
lifeafe and, whbn the 'Difcafe was come to
its height, then only began to operate. Im-
rAenfe Trade, Wealth, and. Plenty begot ani
nourif ed proportionable Pride, and Luxury,
Sand Sloth, and Wantonnefs. Meantime the
famee Trade, Wealth, and Plenty, begot or
inourifhcd the Spirit of Idpndeendency. Who
would have imagined, that this evil' Difeafe
1 would
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would lay a foundation for the' cure of all the
reft ? And yet fo it was. For this Spirit nov
come to maturity, and difdaining 'all reflraint,
is now fwiftly deftroyirig the Trade, and
Wealth, and- Plenty, whereby it was nourih.
pd;. and -thereby makes way .for the happy rer
turn of Humility, Temperance, .Induffry, and
Chaftity,.: Such unfpeakable. Good :does the
all-wife God bring out otl this evil !. So does
ibhefercenes of man, of tbe iericas, turn to his
aife, in a very different fenfe -from what Dr.
-Witberfpoon fuppofes.

14. May wc not obfprve, .how ~: .lyin.this
grand fcene of Providence one wheel anfwers to
the other The Spirit of Independency, which
our Poet fo juftly terms

The glorious fault of Angels'and ofGoC f

(that is in, plain temsa, of Devils) th f(arqo
* which fo many'call Ljberty, is over-ruIed j
the Juftice and Mercy of God, first to. puani
thofe crying fins, and afterwards to .eal them.
He punishes their. by :Pavety, coming as ,ar
armed, man, and ,ovc-ruwning the land; I
fuch scarcity as hs. hardly bewe knqowi thgrq
fg' an hundred years paf by Want -of qv Sy
kind, even of neceffary Cloathing, ove :of
read to eat. But with what itf t .duocj. h
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d6. this? Surely that Mecy may rejoice over
Judgment. He punifhes, that he may amend :
that he may firft make them fenfible of their
fins, which any one.that has eyes to fee may
r read in their Punifhment: and then bring
them back to the spirit of their forefathers,
the fpirit of Humility, Temperance, Indutry,
: Chaffity: yea, and a General Willingnefs to
hear and. receive t Word, which is able to
fave.their fouls. dpth, both of the wi/fAm
Sand knowledge of God f Hrw unearcbhl are are his
judgments! And hi: ways pajfidinding out Unlefs
fo far as they are revealed in his Word and ex-
plained by his Providence :

15.. From thefe we learn, that the .Spiritual
| BIefings are wat God principally intends in
all. thefe severe Difpenfatiorrs, -He intends
|i they should all work.together, for the deffru&-
Srion of Satan's kingdom, and the promotion
of the kingdom of his dear Son; that they
h fould all minister to the general fpread of
righteoufnefs, and peace, and joy in the Holy
SGhoft -But after the inhabitants of thefe -Pro-
vinces are brought again to fek the kingdom of
SGbid nd d his'rigbtowfnei, there cani be ncr doubt;
.. but atlotherthings, all temporal Bc fi ngs itlbe
id&d unto -them. He will fend thr6' all the hiph
py land, with all the Nccefiaries And- COw i-
encie of Life, rot Independency, whichh woald
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be no Bleffing, but an heavy curfe, both to
them and their Children) but Liberty, real,
legal Liberty:'! which is an unfpeakable Blef-
fing. He will fuperadd to Chrifiian Liberty,
Libertyfrom .Sin, true Civil Liberty; a Li-
terty from Oppreflion of every kind; from
illegal Violence; a Liberty to enjoy -their
Lives,. their :Perfons and their Property: in
a word, a Liberty to b verned in all things
by the Laws of their ~ountry. They will
again enjoy true Brith Liberty, fuch as they
enjoyed before thefe comrhotions.: Neither
le:fs, nor more than they have enjoyed, from
their firft Settlement in Amcrica Neither let
nor more than is now enjoyed by the inhia-

bitants of their Mother Country. If their ;
Mother Country had ever designed to deprive
them of this, the might have done it long ago
And that this was never done, is a demonfirae
tion, that it was never intended; But God
permitted this firange dread of imaginary evils
to fpread over all the'people, that he. might L
have mercy upon all, that he might do go$ v-'
to all, by facing them from the bondage t,:
fin, and bringing them into tbh glorious ". Z
berty of the children of God,. .
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