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THE FIRST SOCIETY
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA;
THE PRINCIPAL POINTS,
ON WHICH THAT DENOMINATION OF BELIEVERS DIFFER FROM THE
MAJORITY OF THEIR BRETHREN,
ARE OCCASIONALLY ELUCIDATED.
BY RALPH EDDOWES,
A MINISTER PRO TEM. OF THE SAID SOCIETY.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY ABRAHAM SMALL,
No. 112, Chesnut Street.
In the quotation of the text to Sermon IV, dele “v."
124, third line from the bottom, for "thes," read "these."
IT was one of the least expected events of the Author's life, that he should ever have appeared before the Public as a teacher of Religion, either from the pulpit or the press. His éducation had indeed been such as to have afforded advantages for engaging in that profession, if in his disposition there had appeared any prevailing bias towards it; but as none such discovered itself, family circumstances and connexions determined his early choice a totally different way. Yet, through the divine blessing on affectionate parental and serious pastoral instructions, the years of childhood and youth did not pass without leaving impressions on his mind respecting Christianity, which have never lost their effect. Although they partook much of the nature of those which are distinguished by the title of orthodox, they had nothing of that contractedness which opposes the entrance of light, or shuts the door against freedom of inquiry; and of course, as reason advanced towards maturity, they gave way to sentiments of a more liberal cast-it is scarcely necessary