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ORIGINAL AND PRESENT
STATE OF MAN,
WHEREIN IS SHOWN
THE NATURE OF HIS FALL, AND THE NECESSITY, MEANS AND MANNER
PEOPLE CALLED QUAKERS.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
SOME REMARKS ON THE ARGUMENTS OF SAMUEL NEWTON,
BY JOSEPH PHIPPS.
We both labor, and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the
Saviour of all men, especially of those that believe.- 1 Tim. iv. 10.
NEW YORK :-REPRINTED BY THE NEW YORK MEETING FOR
My chief inducement to publish a few observations upon S. Newton's Letter,* in the year 1767, was the defence of that divine principle vouchsafed by a gracious Creator, through a beneficent Redeemer, to all mankind, in order to their instruction, help, and salvation. Its operation and extent appeared to me to be misunderstood, and mistakenly represented in that discourse ; and finding it equally so in a latet reply of the same author, I think myself in some degree obliged to appear a second time, still further to show, according to my understanding, the necessity, universality, and real sensibility of the work of God's Holy Spirit upon the immortal soul of man, as the vital source and support of true religion in him, and therefore the primary guide of his life and conduct.
My intention is not mere controversy, but explanation and doctrine. I have therefore taken the liberty to use divers expressions from the Apocrypha, and other writings, where their pertinence and clearness entitled them to a place.
I take little notice of the numerous declamatory parts of my opposer's performance. It concerns not the ingenuous reader, who can be most keen or most petulant, but on which side of the question the truth lies, and by which doctrine his mind is most likely to be best and most profitably informed. This he may better judge for himself, than others for him ;
* Letter to the author of a Letter to Dr. Formey, &c., signed, “No Matter Who.”
† The leading Sentiments of the People called Quakers examined, &c., by S. Newton, of Norwich.