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AN

: APOLOGY

FOR

VILLAGE PREACHERS.

By W. KINGSBURY, M. A.

PRICE ONE SHILLING,

FOR

VILLAGE PREACHERS;

OR,

AN ACCOUNT
Of the PROCEEDINGS and MOTIVES of

Proteftant Diflenters,
And SERIOUS CHRISTIANS of other Denominations,

IN THEIR ATTEMPTS, TO SUPPRESS INFIDELITY and VICE, and to SPREAD VITAL RELIGION in Country Places;

ESPECIALLY Where the MEANS OF PIOUS INSTRUCTION, among the POOR,

ARE RARE:

With fome ANIMADVERSIONS on an Anonymous “ APPEAL TO THE PEOPLE

AND

Replies to Dbje&ions.

By WILLIAM KINGSBURY, M. A.

The Jews stirred up all the people, crying out, Men of Israel, help!

This is the man that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the LAW, and THIS PLACE. .

Acts xxi. 27, 28. Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. LUKE xxiij. 34. For neither at any time used we flattering words, nor a cloke of covetoufness; God is witness.

I. Thess. ii. s. By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report ; as deceivers, and yet true.

II. Cor. vi. 8.

Southampton : Printed for the AUTHOR by T. BAKER: SOLD BY T. CHAPMAN, FLEET-STREET ; s. CONDER, CHEAPSIDE ;

T. CONDER, BUCKLERSBURY, LONDON; AND

B. C. COLLINS, SALISBURY.

•MDCCXCVIII.

110. t. 188

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PREFACE.

DERHAPS fome Readers may think too much notice has

been taken of an Anonymous Pamphlet, which might otherwise have sunk into disregard or oblivion.—Let it be considered, however, that the things which have been so broadly spoken by it's Author, will probably be insinuated by more able and even excellent men: and, while they remain unacquainted with the Proceedings and Motives of Village Preachers, they may ignorantly oppose endeavours to obtain the benevolent end in which their pious hearts, were their prejudices removed, would fincerely rejoice. ·

I have not meddled with the controversy between the Church of England and the Dissenters, though so much enlarged on by the Appellant. Neither my plan nor inclination led me to engage in that warfare. I wish serious Ministers, in both Communions, would do all they can, in their respective spheres, to promote pure religion ; keeping out of view those circumftantials, respecting which we differ.-Still, I must say, that Dissenters have no reason to tremble for their cause, while opposed by an Adversary who appears to know very little of the Grounds and Reasons of our Dissent,* and, I am sorry to say, frequently makes contempt and abuse supply the place of argument. The defeat of such a champion would be no triumph.

* If the Reader wishes to see these things treated of, he may refer to Towgood's Letters to White ; and with regard to “Schism and John “Calvin," he may consult Sir. R. Hill's “Apology for Brotherly “Love;" where he will find peaceable Diflenters vindicated from Schism by an able Church of England Divine,--and John Calvin's character set in a true light. (p. 179-188.)

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