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The time of the singing of birds is come. Cant.i. 12. The beasts of the field shall honour me, the dragon, d the owl. Ilaiah xlii. 20.

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CORRESPONDENCE

BETWEEN

NOCTUA AURITA,

OF THE DESERT,

AND

PHILO M E L A,

OF THE KING'S DALE.

PUBLISHED BY

WILLIAM HUNTINGTON, S.S.

MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT PROVIDENCE CHAPEL, LITTLE TITCHFIELD-STREET,

AND AT MONKWELL-STREET MEETING,

The time of the singing of birds is come.-Cant.ji. 12.
The beasts of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls.—Isa. iv. 30.

LONDON:

PRINTLD BY T. BENSLEY. Sold at Providence Chapel on Monday and Wednesday Evenings, and at Monk.

well-Street Meeting on Tucsday Evenings ; by W. Baynes, No. 54, Paternoftcr-Row; T. Green, No. 93, and J. Baker, No. 226, Oxford-Street; J. Cobbin, No. 14, Hertford-It rect, Fitzroy-square ; at the Chapel in the Cliff, Lewes, Suflex; by T. Barston, Castlegate, Grantham, Lincolnshire; and by A. Batten, fen. Weilwyn, Herts.

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Having seen and read most, if not all, the letters which have passed between you and my dear fifter, it is my opinion that they would be of great use to many if they were made public. When I consider and reflect upon the light, support, and help, which I received when in my trouble from many of the Epistles of Faith, as well as from your other writings; and the many accounts I have since had of the usefulness of the Living Testimonies to many souls that were in distress, darkness, and bondage ; it is my request, should it meet with your approbation, that you would publish them. I am fully persuaded that the matter they contain leads to the true and living way. The bulk of professors, in our day, as far as I am able

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to judge, are entire strangers to the path of regeneration. There are but a few who walk in the narrow path of life, and who experience the love of God therein; and fewer still who can caít up this way before others, and whose minisiry is that of the Spirit, and not of the letter. And, as I believe there are some, in many dark corners of the country, ready to perish for lack of knowledge, who are seeking the truth, but, for want of some one to guide them, they are kept in ignorance of it, who knows but that Providence may send these letters" (as I am certain, from my own knowledge, he has many of your other writings) into their hands, whicli, under God; may give thein light on their Náte. I think there are in these letters Toine things new and fingular." I feel a desire to see them in print. I have been 'àcquainted with my friend now for some years. When I firfi knew her she stood very high in her confidence, such as it was; but, when the Almighty wounded me," and made me speak out of the abundance of my own heart, her confidence was soon sapped; and I believe the found her 'confidence had ever been in her own tabernaele; and, when it was rooted up, the king of terrors

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