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arms of the United Colonies ? and can you be unconcerned what shall become of you for ever, when all the monuments of human greatness Thall be laid in alhes ? For the earth itself, and all the works that are therein shall be burnt up. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, as the ministry of reconciliation is committed to me, I beseech you, in the most earnest manner, to attend to the things that belong to your peace before they are hid from your eyes. How soon, and in what manner a seal shall be set upon the character and state of every person here present, it is impossible to know, for he who alone can know does not think proper to reveal it. But you may rest assured that there is no time more {uitable, and there is none so fafe, as that which is present : since it is wholly uncertain whether any other shall be yours, Those who shall first fall in battle have not many warnings to receive. There are some few daring and hardened sinners who despise eternity itself, and set their Maker ar defiance ; but the far greater number, by ftaving off their convictions to a more convenient season, have been taken unprepared and chus eternally lost. I would therefore earnestly press the apostle's exhortation (2 Cor. vi. 1, 2.) We then as workers together with God, beseech you that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. Bebold now is the accepted time, bebold now is ibe day of salvation Suffer me now to beseech young jor rather to give you warning, not to rest satisfied with a form of godliness denying the power thereof. There can be no true religion till there be a discovery of your loft state by nature and practice, and an unfeigned acceptance of Christ Jesus as he is offered in the gospel. Unhappy they who either despise his mercy os are ashamed of his cross. Believe it, there is no falvation in any other ; neither is there any other name given under beaver among men whereby we must be saved. Unless you are united to him by a living faith, not the resentment of a haughty monarch, but the sword of divine justice hangs over you, and the fulness of divine vengeance shall speedily overtake you. I do not speak this only to the heaven-daring profligate, or grovelling sensualift, but to every insensible finner : to all those, however decent and order, ly in their civil deportment, who live to themfelves and have their part and portion in this life. In fine, to all who are yet in a state of nature ; for except a man be born again be canHot see the kingdom of God. The fear of man may make you hide your profanity : prudence and experience may make you 'abhor intemperance and riot. As you advance in life one vice may supplant another, and hold its place, but nothing less than the sovereign grace of God can produce a saving change of heart and temper, or fit you for his immediate presence.

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2. From what has been said upon this fuba je& you may fee what ground there is to give praise to God for his favours already bestowed upon us respecting the publick cause. . It would be a criminal inattention not to observe the singular interposition of Providence hitherto in behalf of the American colonies. It is, however, impoffible for me in a single difcourse, as well as improper at this time, to go through every step of our past transactions, I'must-therefore content myself with a few res marks. How many discoveries have been made of the designs of enemies in Briton and among ourselves, in a manner as unexpected to us as to them, and in fuch' season as to prevent their effect. What surprising success has attended our encounters in almoft every instance, Has not the boasted discipline of regular and veteran foldiers been turned into confusion and dismay by the new and maiden courage of freemen, in defence of their property and right? In what great mercy has blood been spared on the side of this injured country. Some important victories in the South have been gained with fo lito cle. lofs, that enemies will probably think it has been dissembled, as many even of ourselves thought, till time rendered it undeniable. But these were comparatively of small moment. The signal advantage we have gained by the evacuation of Boston, and the shameful flight of the army and navy of Britain, was brought about without the loss of a single man. Το all this we may add, that the counsels of our enemies have been visibly confounded, so that I believe I may say, with truth, that there is hardly any step which they have taken but it has operated strongly against themselves, and been more in our favour than if they had fol. lowed a contrary course:

While we praise God the fupreme Disposer of all events, for his interposition in our behalf; let us guard against the dangerous error of trusting in or boasting of an arm of Heshi I could earnestly wish, that while our arms are crowned with success we might content ourselves with a modeft afcription of it to the power of the Highest. It has given me great uneasiness to read some oftentatious vaunting expressions in our news papers, though happily, I think, much restrained of late. Let us not return to them again. If I am not mistaken, not only the holy fcriptures in general, and the truths of the gospel in particular, but the whole course of Providence seems intended to abase the pride of man, and lay the vain-glorious in the dust. , How many instances does history furnish us with of those who, after exulting over and despising their enemies, were fingularly and shamefully defeated. The truth is, I believe the remark may be applied universally, and we may say, that through the whole frame of nature, and the whole system of human life, that E

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which promises most, performs the least. The flowers of finest colour seldom have the sweetest fragrance. The trees of quickeft growth, or fairest form, are seldom of the greatest value or duration. Deep waters move with the least noise. Men who think most are seldom talkative. And, I think it holds as much in war as in any thing, that every boaster is a coward.

Pardon me, my brethren, for insisting so much on this, which may seem but an immaterial circumstance. It is, in my opinion, of very great moment. I look upon ostentation and confidence, to be a sort of outrage upon providence.

And when it becomes general, and infuses itself into the spirit of a people, it is a fure forerunner of destruction. How does Goliah the champion, armed in a most formidable manner, express his disdain of David the stripling, with his Ning and stone. And when the Philistine looked about and Jaw David, be difdained him, for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves ? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. But how just and modest the reply. I ben said David to the Philistine, Thou comeft to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come unto thee in the name

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