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Which Treatise was the first rise of her severe Persecutions.
Wisdom is justified of her Children. Matt. xi. 19.
Printed by J. Mills, St. Augustine's Back,
AND J, MILLS, BRISTOL.
BIOGRAPHY, in all its various kinds, is the most captivating species of reading to the human mind-do but adapt the subject to the reader, and its entertainment becomes delightful, and its influence irresistible.
The secret cause of this lies deep in the heart of man-every one has some subject that he admires some aim that he stretches after.--The life of the man who possesses in any eminent degree his revered idol, becomes to him as a precious mine,--wherein his treasure lies hid and he searches therein with diligence, to discover by what method it was attained, and by what power secured, that he also may become partaker of his happiness, and possessor of his favourite object.
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With what avidity do the
young and the thoughtless seek after novels—the amorous and fighty after tales and romances--the warrior after the lives of the Cæsars and Alexanders-the student after Newtons and Platos—and the Christian after Saints and Holy Souls.
These demonstrate their aim by their pursuit, and give the strongest evidence of the bent of their hearts, by that reading which affords them the most entertainment and delight. "A vitiated and sickly appetite can as soon relish plain and wholesome food, as a corrupted heart Pious Lives and Divine Writings.
Here then we plainly perceive the dangerous and deadly tendency of all Works of Fancy and flighty genius.--Not to speak at all of that filthy tribe of lewd, profane, and unprofitable Stuff, that is the detestation of every man of sense, and every woman of virtue.-But those more approved Works, wherein humanity is displayed -sentiments are sweetly refined, and even virtue itself comes forth to claim your respect and applause.--Here-too, too often-if not ever, the deluding or deluded writer, offers to your racter, a jumble of unnatural and incompa