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our foot with undoubting confidence, sure that all events are in the hands of Him, who from seem

ing evil

is still educing good; And better thence again, and better still,

In infinite progression. In this hope we look forward to the period when the name of Dissenter shall no more be heard of than that of Romanist or Episcopalian; when nothing shall be venerable but truth, and nothing valued but utility.

A DISSENTER. March 3, 1790.

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SINS OF GOVERNMENT,

SINS OF THE NATION;

OR,

A DISCOURSE FOR THE FAST,

APPOINTED ON APRIL 19, 1793.

SINS OF GOVERNMENT,

SINS OF THE NATION.

MY BRETHREN,

We are called upon by high authority to separate, for religious purposes, this portion of our commion time. The shops are shut; the artisan is summoned from his loom, and the husbandman from his plough; the whole nation, in the midst of its business, its pleasures, and its pursuits, makes a sudden stop, and wears the semblance, at least, of seriousness and concern. It is natural for you to inquire, What is the purport of all this?-the answer is in the words of my text: “ Ye stand this day, all of you, before the face of the Lord.-Deuteronomy, xxix, 10. You stand all of you, that is, you stand here as a nation, and you stand for the declared purpose of confessing your sins, and humbling yourselves before the Supreme Being

Every individual, my brethren, who has a sense of religion, and a desire of conforming his conduct to its precepts, will frequently retire into himself

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