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D E F E N D E D,


to Mr. John WesĻEY, in answer to that
Gentleman's Remarks on THERON and
ASPASIO. With Mr. Wesley's LET-
TER prefixed.


against the Objections contained in Mr.
SandEMAN's Letters on Theron and Al-
paso. With Mr. Hervey's Letters to
the Author prefixed.

I marvel, that ye are so soon removed from him that called

you into the grace of Christ, unto another gospel: which is
'not another : but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ. Gal. i. 6, 7.



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P R E F A Ć E.
THE following letters were written by my late

1 brother, in answer to a piece, which was first sent him from the Rev. Mr. John Wesley, by way of private letter, containing some remarks which that gentleman had made on reading Theron and Aspalio. When my brother had read it over, he thought it best to be filent, as it contained nothing which could materially affect his judgement in regard to the work it censured : for this reason, as well as for peace sake, he laid it by him unanswer

ed.-Mr. Wesley then published a pamphlet, which "he entitled A preservative against unsettled notions in religion; in which he printed the above-mention

edigion; in whirefervative agaird a pam

This my brother looked upon as a fummons to the bar of the Public; and upon this occasion, in a letter to a friend, dated June 23. 1758, writes as follows:

[“ My dear friend, " I little thought, when I put Mr. Wesley's ma« nuscript into your hand, that I should see it in « print so soon. I took very little notice of it, and 6 let it lie by me several months, without giving it « an attentive consideration *. It seemed to me so

* Afterwards he read it again, and gave it, what he calls in the beginniog of the firft letter, 'A careful perufal."

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“palpably weak, dealing only-in-pontive affertions "and positive denials, that I could not imagine he « would adventure it into the world, without very “ great alterations. But it is now come abroad, just “ as you received it, in a two shillings pamphlet, cs entitled, A preservative against unsettled notions in religion. Of this pamphlet what he has wrote « against me, makes only a small part. Now, then " the question is, Whether I' Niall attempt to an“ swer it? Give me your opinion, as you have giv" en me your assistance; and may the Father of “ mercies give you increase of knowledge and ut. " terance, of peace and joy in the Holy Ghoft”]

Between this and the October following, my brother began the letters contained in this volume, of which he thus fpeaks in another letter to his friend, dated October 24. 1758.

[“ My dear friend, « Let me repeat my thanks for the trouble you « have taken, and for the assistance, you have given " me, in relation to my.controversy with Mr. Wef=; « ley. He is so unfair in his quotations, and for " magisterial in his manner, that I find it no small « difficulty, to preserve the decency of the gentle. « man, and the meekness of the Christian, in my o intended answer. May our divine Master aid, me « in both these instances, or else not suffer me to " write at all.”]

When, in the December following, I was sent for to Weston, in the very last period of my brother's long illness, I asked him (the evening before he died) " what he would have done with the let“ ters to Mr. Wesley, whether he would have them « published after his death ?”—He answered By « no means, because he had only transcribed about « half of them fair for the press; but as the cor« rections and alterations of the latter part were « mostly in short-hand, it would be difficult to un.

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* As these were his last orders concerning these leto
ters, I thought it right to obey them; and there
fore I' withstood the repeated solicitations of many
of his friends, who wanted to have them printed;
alledging the service they might be of ito allay the
groundless prejudices, which the Preservative might
occafion in the minds of many, against my broth-
er's Other writings, as well as the utility of them in
general, as they contained so masterly a defence of
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But, notwithstanding the regard I had for the persons who solicited the publication, I could not be persuaded to print the letters; and they never

had appeared in public with my consent, had root Ou a surreptitious edition of them lately made its way en from the press, and was I not under a firm perfuafe lion that will be followed by more. estan lo As this is the case, I think it my duty to the meall mory of my late brother, to send forth as correct an de 'edition as' Í possibly can; for as to that which has till appeared (from what editor I know not), it is fo me faulty and incorrect, that but little judgement can to be formed from it, of the propriety and force of

my brother's answers to Mr. Wesley.. i did en 5 Aš to 'the unfairness of publishing my brother's ch letters without my confent, and the injustice to his ore memory; in sending so mangled a performance out et 'under his name, they are too apparent to need any en proof: and though the 'editor, as I have been inBy formed; gave away the whole impression, so that, it viis plain, lucre was not the motive of his proceedor 'ing, and I would charitably hope he did it with a Pre view of benefiting his readers'; yet it is so likedoD . Ius

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