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TO A

GENTLEMAN,

UPON A VARIETY OF

SEASONABLE AND IMPORTANT SUBJECTS

IN RELIGION.

BY

JONATHAN DICKINSON, A. M.

LATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT ELIZABETHTOWN, N. J.

PHILADELPHIA:

PRESBYTERIAN BOARD OF PUBLICATION
JAMES RUSSELL, PUBLISHING AGENT.

1841.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF THE NASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

novio.1938

Printed by WILLIAM S. MARTIEN.

PREFACE.

The irregular heats and extravagancies of some late pretenders to extraordinary attainments in religion, their imaginary divine impulses, and ecstatic raptures, with other effects of their disordered fancies, have cast such a blemish upon the Christian profession, in the eyes of unsettled and unthinking people, that it is well if too many are not in danger of calling Christianity itself into question, from the manifestly false pretences and enthusiastic flights of some, who have put in a claim to so eminent an experience in the divine life. It is therefore thought needful, as well as seasonable at this time, that a brief and plain confirmation of the Christian religion be sent abroad among our people, to establish them in the foundation of our eternal hope. This has been my special motive to the publication of some of the first of the ensuing Letters.

On the other hand, whether for want of duly distinguishing between delusive appearances and the genuine effects of an effusion of the Holy Spirit, or from whatever cause, such has been the violent opposition of some to the late revival

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