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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 principle not necessarily connected with the degree of knowledge — Illsutration continued — The oppositę impressions made upon the principled and unprincipled mind by the same circunstance Instance of honourable conduct, and the reverse - - - - - - 177

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LETTER XII.

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Observations upon the use to be made of fabu

lous illustrations of real truths - Moral tendency of the fable, the principal object to be attended to - Tendency of the foregoing illue. trations 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 princi. ciples that have been unfolded – Danger of per• mitting the spirit of integrity to be sullied by the practice of any species of deception – Folly of endeavouring to gain credit for more know. ledge 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 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

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My dear Lady Elizabeth, THE 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 af. fection, you have had so many convin. cing proofs, that, young as you are, I have no apprehension of their being ever effaced from your remembrance. VOL. I.

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