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Rey. DAVID TAPPAN'S LETTERS
BY SAMUEL SPRING, A. m.
BARE VENIAM PETIMUSQUE DAMUSQUE VICISSIM........ Horace.
STATE OF THE QUESTION IN DEBATE.
S the author designs, in the course of the
following disquisitions to make several strictures on Mr. TAPPAN's letters, he thinks it proper to state the question in this section. For, if the reader do not understand the nature of the question in debate, he cannot examine the justice of the strictures.
1. The question is not this : Whether unrenewed sinners are under obligations to keep the divine commands ? For, we both grant, that they are moral agents, and consequently obliged to speak the truth, to pay their honest debts, and to perform every action required of mán.
2. The question is not this : Whether sinners are profitable members of civil society ? For, they frequently make useful husbandmen, merchants and statesmen ; and, under the guidance of Providence, are made the instruments of great natural good.
3. The question in debate is not this : Whether parents and ministers are required to instruct their wicked children and people ? " For, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear," we are directed to point out