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His Burdens much lessened by the Relations arising from it,

even in the worst constituted Society. II. This Precept consider'd as fulfilling the Law

of Christ, Human Prudence can never provide Laws for all Cases.

nor ever see the best Laws duely executed. The Law of Christ the only Supplement for these Defects.

makes both Individuals and Communities happy by suppressing unsocial Affections. opens

the Prospect of an everlasting Interest in order to promote our Kindness to others. Įt behoves us therefore to try our Faith by such Works.

DISCOURSE XI.
The Motives and Mischief of Defamation.

i Per. iii. 8. Love as Brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. Benevolence and Courteousness strongly insisted

upon in the New Testament. I. Our frequent Offences in this respect by evil

speaking The Failings of others the common Topick of

Conversation. The most Dull and Infipid have a Talent for

Raillery. The Causes of this perverse Behaviour. Pride and Envy principal Motives, A Desire of entertaining Company agreeably another Motive.

Raillery,

Raillery, how usually managed when Inferiors are
the Subject of it,

--- when Superiors.
Idleness another Cause of this Vice.
Scandal, a Composition of many Vices.
II. The mischievous Consequences of this Vice.
A good Name one of our greatest Blessings.

deflroy'd by Defamation.
The Secrecy of Slander not so great as to secure

the Authors from Contempt. Offenders of a lower Class should reflect on the

Mischiefs they occasion to others by this Prac

tice. The harden'd Slanderer, on the Infamy that he brings upon himself.

on the amiable Character of the Courteous. The inveterate Slanderer the most incorrigible of

all Creatures. --- he defeats his own Purposes in this Life. --- destroys all Prospects in the Life to come. Let us avoid the common Artifice of shifting

these Instructions from our selves.

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D IS CO U R S E XII.
Moderation stated and explained.

Phil. iv. 5.
Let your Moderation be known unto all Men; the

Lord is at band,
The Word in the Original, what it signifies.
Moderation, wherein it consists.
The Difficulty of observing it.
From Ignorance, in not discerning the exact

Mean.
from Frailty, in not following it.

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The exact Mean not a mathematical Line, but

capable of some Latitude. The Nature of our Progress in it. The late Refinements about the abstract Reasons

and Relations of things, not proper for the Bulk of Mankind.

they require clearer and more obvious Di-
rections.
.- such as the Rule before us.

What that implies.
Virtue anciently recommended from its own

Beauty and Excellence.
The Apostle seems to urge the same Motives with

regard to this Duty.
Plutarcb's Observation, That every Vice defeats

its own Views, which are obtain'd only by the

contrary Virtues, generally true.
The Motive in the Text much the best adapted

to our Natures.
The certain Prospect of Eternity.
The Effect it should have upon us.

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DISCOURSE I.

The Disposition neceffary for re

ceiving Truth.

EPH ES. iv. 15.

B::t speaking the Truth in Love.

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HE Apostle, in these few Words, recommends to us every thing that can render

our Natures truly valuable, and blessed; every thing that can perfect our Beings, and improve o'r Happiness. Vol. II. B

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