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Thoma ai come. Cant. ii. 12.
The time of the singing of birds The beasts of the field shall honour and the owl Ilaiah xliii. 20.
OF THE DESERT,
PHILO ME L A,
OF THE KING'S DALE.
WILLIAM HUNTINGTON, S.S.
MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL
AT PROVIDENCE CHAPEL, LITTLE TITCHFIELD-STREET,
AND AT MONKWELL-STREET MEETING,
The time of the finging of birds is come.-Cant. ii. 12.
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P R E F A C E.
Having seen and read most, if not all, the letters which have passed between you
and 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 fince 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
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 ftill who can cast up this
way before others, and whose ministry is that of the Spirit, and not of the letter. And, as I believe there are some, in
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 ignor rance of it, who knows but that Providence may fend these letters (as I am certain, from my own knowledge, Tie has many of your other writings) into their hands, which, under God; may give thein light on their state. I think there are in these letters some things new and singular." I feel a desire to see them in print. I have been acquainted 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 tabernacle; and, when it was rooted up, the king of terrors