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"SING YE PRAISES WITH UNDERSTANDING."-Psalm xlvii. 7.

LONDON:

PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY

KNIGHT AND SON, CLERKENWELL CLOSE;

AND SOLD AT THE CHAPELS IN THE CONNEXION

BODI)

PREFACE.

“Among the illustrious characters of the eighteenth century, no one has shone more conspicuously in the religious world than the venerable Countess of Huntingdon. Above all her celebrated contemporaries, she was honoured with a life of continued usefulness, protracted to the utmost period of mortal existence; with extraordinary talents, ample means, and a head and heart alike devoted to promote the glory of God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will towards man.” * This witness is true. The slumbering embers of the martyr-flame had died out, a degeneracy of doctrine and profligacy of manners had spread a destructive influence over the community. The torpedo of formality had benumbed the churches. As one remarks,“ The Church people were dead, and the Dissenters were asleep.” Witnesses for the truth as it is in Jesus were few, so few that a man might write them; and they prophesied in sackcloth. In a moral sense, it may

be said of the world and the church, “ The earth was

* Preface to vol. i. of “ Life and Times of the Countess of Huntingdon."

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