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86 The Fourteenth Article,
88 The. Fifteenth Article.
ibid. The Sixteenth Article.
90 The Seventeenth Article
92 The Eighteenth Article.
107 The Nineteenth Article.
I10 The Twentieth Article.
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second Article, The Twenty third Article,
124 The Twenty fourth Article.
ibid. The Twenty fifth Article, The Twenty fixth Article.
130 The Twenty seventh Article,
131 The Twenty eighth Article.
133 The Twenty ninth Article.
138 The Thirtieth Article.
ibid. The Thirty first Article.
139 The Thirty Second Article.
140 The Thirty third Article.
141 The Thirty fourth Article.
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144 The Thirty sixth Article. The Thirty seventh Article,
161 The Thirty eighth Article.
165 The Thirty ninth Article.
167 D. Hieronymi Epistola ad Nepotianum. 169 An Account of the Books referred to in the foregoing Directions.
INTENDED to have given
ness, and diverse Accidents (not to mention that Indisposition of Body which I have labor'd under have hindred me. And therefore I must in the beginning of it beg Pardon for the Delay, as perhaps I shall have reason before the Conclusion of it, for the Length of my Letter to yoy.
I shall not wast either Time or Paper in Apologies... No Man knows better than my self, that there are numberless Persons, whose Age and Experience have rendred them abundantly more able to direct you, than I can pretend to be; and perhaps, after the perusal of what follows, you'll be forc'd to seek a more skilful Guide, and receive better Advice from another Hand. But, since you were pleas'd to create me an opportunity of difcoursing with you upon that Head ; and since the hurry I was then in, drew upon me this Imployment: I hope, you'll accept and excuse what I now offer to you, as a Proof (tho' of my own Insuffici. ency, yer) of a most unfeigned and hearty Affe. &ion for you.
What you expect, Sir, is, that I should lay before you such a Method of beginning the Study of Divinity, as I would recommend to a person who designs for Holy Orders. This therefore Ishallendevor to do.
And First, I must intreat you to read Books relating fome of those Treatises, which will into the Duty of struct you in the Duty of the
Clergy; the Clergy.
such as St. Chryfoftom of the Priesthood, St. Gregory Nazianzen's Apologetical Oration, St. Jerom to Nepotianus, the Pastoral of Gregory the Great, Bishop Burnet's Pastoral Care, Mr. Herbert's Country Parson, Mr. Dodwell's first Letter of Advice, and the like, I presume, 'twill be no difficult Matter for you to procure the Use of all these Books; and 'tis hardly poflible for you to peruse too many of them, I However, let me persuade you not to omit the reading of St. Chryfoftoma's and Bishop Burner's Pieces, and our Church's Offices of Ordination, especially <the Exhortation to those who are to be ordaind Priefts. But above all, let me prevail upon you seriously to consider that Colle&ion of Scriptures,
which is annex'd to this Letrer. For those Texts (to which you may probably add diverse others, as you read the Bible) ought ever to be in the Minds of such, as either design to serve God in the Work of the Ministry, or have actually engag'd them, selves in it.
Let me beseech you therefore to consider them very carefully; and to labor The Student',
previous Selfearnestly, by serious and repeated Me
Examination. ditation, to form a juft and true Sense, and throughly to convince your self of, First, The Weight of that Sacred Imployment, which you have some thoughts of devoting your self to; Secondly, The Reward that attends the faithful Discharge of it ; Thirdly, The unspeakable everlasting Torments which will infallibly be the Con. sequence of Negligence in it. And then ask your own Conscience these plain Queftions, viz. Am I capable of the Work of the Ministry ? and Do I resolve fincerely to a&t therein according to those Rules which Christ has set me? If it answer, Yes; bless God for it; and beg him to establish your good Intentions, and enable you to be succesful in the execution of them : But if it answer otherwise, be persuaded, for the Church's Sake, for God's Sake, for your own Soul's Sake ; if there be any Fear of losing Heaven, any Dread of the endless Pains of Hell; if unguenchable Flames can at this Distance make any Impression, and strike any Terror into you be persuaded, I say, whatever Temptations of Preferment, etc. may intice you, not to force down the fevereft Judgments of God. upon your self, by undertaking that sublime and difficult Work, which you are either not capable of, or not sted faftly resolvid by his Grace to perform, with a Zeal and Integrity Sutable to the Greatness of it.