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ligion, you will see, that to those who receive and cherish it, it must infallibly become a source of happiness, never to be exhausted; a source of hope, which, when the world smiles upon us, will prevent us from being fascinated by its smile; and when it frowns, will save us from being dejected by its frowns.

May the efforts of my zeal be guided by the influence of that Spirit of truth which can work conviction where earthly wisdom fails! And may a blessing from Him who is the God of truth follow my labours!

Adieu!

END OF THE FIRST VOLUME.

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ADDRESSED

TO THE DAUGHTER

OF

A NOBLEMAN,

FORMATION OF RELIGIOUS AND MORAL
PRINCIPLE.

By ELIZABETH HAMILTON,

AUTHOE OP

1 LETTERS ON THE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES OP

EDUCATION," SfC. fyc. SfC.

THE THIRD EDITION.

IN TWO VOLUMES.
VOL. II.

LONDON:

PRINTED *OR T. CADELL AND W. DA VIES,
IN THE STRAND.

1814.

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CONTENTS

OF

THE SECOND VOLUME.

LETTER I.

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F natural religion — founded on belief in God
and a future state of rewards and punishments

— Inquiry into the state of natural religion
prior to revelation — Gross misconceptions of
men respecting the Divine attributes — Intro-
duction of barbarous rites in religious worship

— Errors of idolatry perpetuated during the
most enlightened asras of Greece and Rome —
Opinions of philosophers respecting a future
state, vague and speculative — Not influential
on moral conduct — Of the religious principles
of the Jews — The simplicity and sublimity

A z peculiar

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