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WHEREFORE DIDST THOU DOUBT?
MATT. XIV, 31.
JOHN BOOTH, DUKE-STREET, PORTLAND-PLACE.
ADDRESS TO THE READER.
WHEN I received the earnest request of my friend, to give such a statement of the Christian Doctrines, as might make them so clear to his mind, that he could embrace them with thorough conviction and satisfaction, I knew this could not be done in a sinall compass.
I considered, also, that if a well-disposed man, like him, could harbour a doubt on any of the Tenets of the Church of England, others,
so intelligent, and not serious, would still less understand the grounds on which the Doctrines are founded, and still less comprehend the NECESSITY of FAITH. I, therefore, resolved
exert the humble faculties which God has given me, and publish to the world the following Letters. Heartily do I hope that they may, by God's blessing, have a good effect on many minds, and may redound to his honor and glory. Some apology may, perhaps, be deemed necessary' for introducing in this new publication, several quotations which were inserted in a former one, and a few arguments which have been before adduced. I can only say, that, when writing on the same subject, and with similar views, I found it difficult to avoid some partial repetition. As to the various quotations introduced, every considerate writer on religion, even if he be of high note and dignity, is desirous of strengthening his own arguments, and confirming the truth of his own assertions, by calling in the concurrent timony of other able and eminent writers: how much more, then, is it necessary for a private individual to shew, that he