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LATL PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE, AT PRINCETON NEW-JERSEY.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED
An Account of the Author's Life, in a Sermon occasioned
by his Death, by the
of New YORK.
IN THREE VOLUMES.
Printed and published by William W. Woodward, No. 17,
Chesnut near Front Street.
[COPY RIGHT SECURED.)
Was Published in the European, which makes but a part
of the American Edition.
THE following Treatises were originally published at diferent times, and some of tbem on particular occasions ; but the attentive reader will easily perceive one leading design running tbrougb the whole. The autbor bató long been of opinion, tbat the great decay of religion in all parts of this kingdom, is chiefly viving to a departure from the truth as it is in JESUS, from those doctrines wbicb cbiefly constituite tbe substance of the gospel. It may perhaps be justly imputed to other general causes in part, and in some measure to less universal causes in far. ticular places ; but as all moral action must arise froni principle, oiberwise it ongbt not to be called by that name, the immediate and most powerful cause of degeneracy in practice, must always be a corruption in principle.
I am sensible that many will be ready to cry out on this occasion, « Sucb notions arise from narrowness of mind and uncharitable senti“ ments." I answer, that it is surprising to think how easily the fashionable or cant phrases of the age, will pass among superficial tbinkers und readers, without tbe least attention eilber to tbeir meaning, or to the evidence on wbich they are founded.
Tbus at present, if a man sball write or speak against certain princi- . ples, and stile tbem pernicious, it will be tbought a sufficient vindication of them to make a beaten common-place er.comium on liberty of conscience anul freedom of enquiry. Blessed be God, this great and sacred privilege is well secured to us in this nation : But pray, is it not mine as well as yours ? And is it not the very exercise of this liberty, for every man to endeavor to support those principles which appear to bim to be founded on Reason and Scripture, as well as to attack without scruple every thing which he believes to be contrary to either.
Let it also be observed, that is freed)m of inquiry be a blessing at all, it can be so for no otber reason than the excelience and salutary influence of real truth, when it can be discovered. If truth and error are evally safe, notbing can be more foolish than for a man to waste bis tiine ir endeavoring to distinguish the one from the other. What a view does