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LETTER IX. The Narrative continued . - "'47

LETTER X.

Illustration of the beneficial operation of just principles in a strong character > 161

LETTER XI.

Progress of pride, self-will, and the malevolent passions, in a mind unregulated by moral and religious principles — The degree of pnn iple not necessarily connected with the de{rr>-e of knowledge — Ilhutration contin'iea — The op. posite impressions made upon the orincipUd and unprincipled mind by the sanv circumstance — Instance of honourable conduct, and the reverse - - - - - - 177

LE7TPR LETTER XII.

Observations upon the use to be made of fabulous illustrations of real truths — Moral ten* dency of the fable, the principal object to be attended to — Tendency of the foregoing illustrations examined — The general tenor of conduct shewn to be conformable to the tenor of the principles — Remarks on each of the principles that have been delineated — Exhortation to vigilance ..... 211

LETTER XIII.

Reasons for not having entered into any detail of duties, and for having avoided all points of controversy — A general review of the princiciples that have been unfolded — Danger of permitting the spirit of integrity to be sullied by the practice of any species of deception — Folly of endeavouring to gain credit for more knowledge or wisdom than we possess — Perversion of language, in the constant use of exaggerating epithets, unfriendly to the interests of truth — Exhortation against being deceived by the false

appearance appearance of happiness assumed by the votaries of dissipation — against the fear of ridicule — against the apprehension of suffering by a steady adherence to the principles enforced — Virtue shewn to be most favourable to our happiness, independent of all consideration of a future state — Religion the surest support of virtue — An invitation to examine the foundation upon which we rest our hopes - - 229

LETTER

LETTER I.

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

LADY E B

Weft Ham, Nov. 14, 1805.

My dear Lady Elizabeth,

'I '''HE correspondence, from which I promised myself so much pleasure, has, by the occurrence of unforeseen circumstances, been interrupted; but the tender affection, which led me so willingly to embrace the proposal of entering into it, remains unimpaired. Of the nature and strength of that affection, you have had so many convincing proofs, that, young as you are, I have no apprehension of their being ever effaced from your remembrance. Vol. 1. B The

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