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Nstead of attempting to give any Character of the

pious Author of the following. Letters, whose true Worth was well known in Arnerica, we shall give our Readers the two following Paragraphs, which were published soon after his Death ; and only adı, that we hope this Edition will be found more correct than any of the former two that have gone before it.

CHARACTER of Mr. DICKINSON late President of the College of New-iJersey. Extracted from the Reverend Mr. FoxCROFT of Boston, bis Preface to Mr. DICKINSON'S second Vindication of God's Sovereign free Grace, printed at Boston, 1748. E T I must be allowed to drop a Tear over my


quaintance, and on the most valuable Accounts, as a Scholar, a Christian, and a Divine of the firt Rank, in thefe Parts of the World. His Realonableness of Christianity, his Scripture Bishop, his Scripture Doctrine, his Familiar Letters, shine among his Works that praise him in the Gates, and


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embalm his Memory. He had a Soul form'd for En. quiry, Penetration, accurate Judgment, and disin.. terested Attachment to Truth. With a natural T urn for Controversy, he had a happy Government of his Pasions, and abhorred the perverse Disputings to common to Men of corrupt Minds: Nor did be, as is too customary with those of an argumentative Geniusy fuffer the Eagerness of Contention to extinguish the Fervours of Devotion, or of Brotherly-Love.In his Example he was truly a Credit to his Profeffion; by good Works adorning the Doctrine of Grace, he was so zealous an Advocate for.--

-He had generous Sentiments with Regard to Freedom of Enquiry and private Judgment in Matters of Conscience and Salvation, detesting all Perfecution and Impositions in Religion, and not approving Subscription to human Tests of Orthodoxy. Yet nevér. theless, as one set for the Defence of the Gospel, he boldly confronted what he took ta be Error, and knew not how to fit an idle Spectator, when he apprehended an Assault made on the Christian Faith. He could not bear the Thoughts of being found either a Traitor to the Cause of Christ, or a Ceward in it Whenever he faw it openly invaded, or secretly un. dermined, be stood ready to appear in its Defence, without consulting his Eafe or his Credit. As Bigotry and Party-Rage, Malevolence, Calumny and Censure, too frequently mingling with religious Disputes, were his Abhorrence, so he was an Enemy to temporifing Dissimulation, blind Charity, politic Silence, and that falfe Moderation which facrifices divine Revelations to human Friendships, and under Colour of Peace and Candour, gives up important Points of Gospel Doctrine to every Opposer, but still is consistent with discovering a Malignity towards others that appear warm Defenders and constant Aferters of those Evangelical Truths.

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From the Boston Gazette, 20. 08. 1747.

Elizabeth-Town in New Jersey, 10. Oct. 1747. O

N Wednesday Morning died here, of a pleuretic Illness, that eminently learned, faith.

ful and pious Minister of the Gospel, and Prefident of the Colledge of New-Jersey, the Reverend Mr. Jonathan Dickinson, in the 60th Year of his Age, who had been Pafior of the first Presbyterian Church in this Town, for near 40 Years, and was the Joy and Glory of it. In him conspicuously appear. ed those natural and acquired, moral and spiritual Endowments which constitute a truly excellent and valuable Man, a good Scholar, an eminent Divine, and a serious devout Chriftian. He was greatly adorned with the Gifts and Graces of his heavenly Master, in the Light whereof he appeared as a Star superior Brightness and Influence in the Orb of the Church, which has fuftained an unspeakable Loss in his Death. He was of uncommon and very extenhve i Sefulness. He boldly appeared in Defence of the great and important Truths of our most holy Religion, and was a zealous Promoter of godly Practice and boly Living, and a bright rnament to his Profession.

in Times and Cafes of Difficulty he was a ready, wise and able Counsellor. By his Death, our infant College is deprived of the Benefit of his superior Accomplishments, which afforded, a favourable Prospect of its future Prosperity under his Inspection.

As he lived desired of all, so Never any Perfon in these parts died more lamented.

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P R E F A C E.

H E irregular Heatsaand Extravagancies of

ments in Religion, their imaginary divine Impulses, and extatic Raptures, with other Effects of their disordered Fancies, have cast fuch a Blemish upon the Cbrilian Profeffion, in the Eyes of unsettled and unthinking People, that 'tis well if too many are not in Danger of calling Christianity itself into Question, from the manifestly false Pretences and entbufiastic Flights of some who have put in a Claim to yo eminent Experience in the divine Life. It is there. fore 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 P blication of some of the first of the ensuing Letters.

On the other hand, whether for want of duly distinguishing between delufive Appearances anıl the genuine Effects of an Effufion of the Holy Spirit, og from whatever Caufe, such has been the violent Opposition of some to the late Revival of Keligion in the Land, that the Doctrines of special Grace, and of experiinental Piety, seem now, by too many, not only rejected and opposed, but even treated with Contempt, under the opprobrious Character of New Light, as if they had never before been heard of or professed among us.

This I take to be one of the darkest Syın. ptoms upon this Land that we have ever yet seen.It must on that Account not be unseasonable to represent to our People, in a clear and distinct View,


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