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TRIUMPH OF INNOCENCE:

A VISION.

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He that justifieth the wicked, and he that
condemneth the just, even they both are
abomination to the Lord. SOLOMON
All these things spake Jesus unto the mul-
titude in parables; and without a parable
spake he not unto them.

MATTHEW.

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It is not my intention, my christian friends, to give any illustration of these words in a regular discourse. I adopt them merely as mottos.

Nor is it my intention, to address to you What Ishall offer on the present occasion, will be in the form of a vision, supposed to be presented to the mind.

As I would not be misunderstood, allow me to repeat it. What I shall address to you, on

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present occasion, will be a Fiction; in the form of a vision, supposed to be presented to the mind. I shall have nothing to do with either real characters, or real scenes. Those that I shall present before you, will be fictitious; such as the creative power of fancy may call into birth.

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I am aware, that this is a material deviation from the usual mode of preaching: byt does it not, at the same time, bear a very near resemblance to that adopted by our Saviour; and adopted by him almost invariably? viz. the "pårabolic. The parables which he delivered, were fictions; fourded probably, in some respects, on facts; but still, in themselves, they were fictions. And as he is our pattern, may we not imitate him? And being a perfect pattern, can we imitate him, and do wrong? I proceed, therefore

without further preface, to the object before me; only. entreating your serious and candid attention, to what may at present be delivered.

Philander was a man of noble and dignified sentiments. He had read much,

but he had reflected more. He was a Christian in truth, and in deed; not from education, or from fashion; but from inquiry, and conviction. He had examined the evidence for the Christian Faith; and his own was founded upon a rock.

Neither washe a Christian in speculation, but in practice. Truly might it be said of him that“The Kingdom of God was within him.” His spirit was modelled by that of his Master's; fervently pious towards God, his heavenly Father; ardently benevolent towards mankind, his brethren, It was his wish, it was his daily prayer, that the world might be good and happy; all

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