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THE FIRST VOLUME.
Vol. 11. a LETTER
Same subject continued — Idea of accountableness — how first acquired—Accountableness to God — The importance of this principle illustrated — necessary to all — peculiarly necessary to the Great ..... 26
A belief in the presence of God, a practical principle necessarily connected with the idea of accountableness — The comfort arising from this belief in the presence of the Deity — Confidence which it inspires in God, as watohing over our temporal and eternal welfare - 43
Same subject continued—Advantages resulting from the early cultivation of feelings and habits of devotion — Prayer — considered as a mean of rising a sense of the Divine Presence in the mind — the reason why it sometimes fails in producing this eff. ct — Advantages of studying the works of God in the volume of creation — Natural history recommended 55
LETTER LETTER VI.
Examination of the principles of truth and justice— Tendency of the passions to mislead from truth — Belief in the presence of God the best security against being thus misled — Principles of honour, when founded merely on a regard to the opinion of the world, how little to be depended on — A sense of the Divine Presence essential to the formation of a strict principle of justice 73
Consideration of the objections commonly urged against the practice of sincerity — Sincerity not incompatible with politeness — Of dissimulation in its various modifications — All dissimulation repugnant to moral rectitude — Of the obligation to justice and candour in forming an estimate of the merits of others — Of the turpitude of detraction and calumny — Of the perverse misrepresentations arising from misconception and inaccuracy — Of the spurious candour subversive of moral principle — Advantages attending the practice of charity 1 and forbearance -7- Of the common propensity 3 2 to
to receive impressions to the prejudice of other*
— various sources of this propensity in different characters—shewn to be inimical to moral improvement — Of the supposed disadvantages resulting from the opposite propensity — A tendency to receive favourable impressions of others, productive of the benevolent affections, and conducive to happiness — Of the obligation to make a proper use of influence — Of different degrees of influence — Of the personal influence common to individuals in every situation in life — Of the influence derived from birth, fortune, rank, talents, virtue — Of the relative duties attached to the acquisition of influence
— its important operation in society—Of the obligation to resist motives of a selfish nature —
— Personal satire — why objectionable — The practice of self-denial essential to a strict observance of the principles of justice - 91
. LETTER VIII.
Importance of forming a correct standard of moral recitude — Necessity of regulating the conduct by fixed principles — Imrro al and unjust actions produced in feeble characters by the want of fixed principles — Illustration by a familiar narrative - - - - 121