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SIR, I HAVE no design in this dedication, but to express my gratitude for the pleasure and advantage I have received from your Poem on the Last Judgment, and the Paraphrase on part of the Book of yob.

The Author of these Letters is above any

view of interest; and can have no prospect of reputation, resolving to be concealed. But if they prove serious entertainment to persons whose leisure hours are not always innocently employed, the end is fully answered.

The greatest infidel must own, there is at least as much probability in this scheme, as in that of the Fairy Tales ; which, however visionary, are some of them moral and entertaining. I am,

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THE drift of these Letters is, to impress the notion of the Soul's Immortality ; without which, all virtue and religion, with their temporal and eternal good consequences, must fall to the ground,

Some who pretend to have no scruples about the being of God, have yet their doubts about their own eternal existence, though valuable Authors, abound in Christian and! moral proofs of it.

But, since no means should be left unattempted in a point of such importance, I hope, endeavouring to make the mind familiar with the thoughts ofcur futureexistence, and contract, as it were. unarvares, an habitual persua. sion of it, by writings built on that foundation, and ada dressed to the affections and imagination, will not be thought improper, either as a dactrine, or amusement : amusement, for which the world mukes by far the largest demand ; and which, generally speaking, is nothing but an art of forgetting that immortality, the firm belief and advantageous contemplation of which this. amusement: would recommend.

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