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Christ on earth accompanied with such evidences as put it out of doubt that he was the true Meffias : Arguments of David Levi in a pamphlet lately published from the non-accordance of the evangelical genealogies examined. The gospel account of the birth of Christ vindicated

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CXVI. Argument of David Levi for the Jupe

riority of the miracles wrought by Moses over those, which the evangelists record of Chrijt : His cavils against two particular miracles of Christ examined and opposed

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CXVII. Further defence of the miracles objected

to by David Levi; his charge of contradiction against the evangelical historians answered; and his further attempts for

sinking the character of Christ below that of Mofes fairly considered; the whole argument recapitulated, sum

med up and concluded CXVIII. The story of Ned Drowsy 222

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CXIX. The fame continued

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CXX. The same continued

246 CXXI, The same continued

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CXXIII. Remarks upon the prefent taste for all

ing private plays. A short poem annexed, founded upon reflections resulting from that suljelt

280 CXXIV. Observations upon the passions, addressed to the ladies

296 CXXV. The author's explanation of his motives,

in an adolriss to his readers upon the conclusion of the volume

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GOOD man will live with the world as

a wise man lives with his wife ; he will not let himself down to be a dupe to it's humours, a devotee to it's pleasures, or a flatterer of it's faults; he will make himself as happy as he can in the connection for his own fake, reform where he is able, and complain only when he cannot help it. I am sick of that converfa. tion which spends itself in railing at the times we live in; I am apt to think they are not made better by those complaints, and I have oftentimes occasion to know they are made worse by those very people who are loudest to complain of them. If this be really one of the habits of age, it is high time for every man, who grows old, to guard against it ; for there is no occasion to in. VOL. IV.

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vite more peevith companions for the last hours of life, than time and decrepitude will bring in their train: Let us look back upon things past with what content we can, falute time present with the best grace we are able, and resign ourselves to futurity with calmness and a patient mind: If we do not wish to be banished from society before death withdraws us from it, don't let us trust to the world's respect only, let us Itrive also to conciliate it's love.

But I do not wish to argue this point with the fect of the Murmurers merely upon the ground of good policy; I should be sorry for the world, if I could give no better reason for keeping well with it than in self-defence: I really think it a world very easy to live with upon passable good terms; I am free to confess it has mended me fince I have lived with it, and I am fully of opinion it has mended itself: I don't deny but it has it's failings; it still cuts out work for the moralists, and I am in no fear of finding subject matter for three more volumes of essays, before I have exhausted the duty of an Observer. However, though I have presumed upon taking up this character late in life, yet I feel no provocation from what I observe in others, or in myself, to turn Murmurer; 'I can call the time paft under my review, as far back as my experience will go, and comfort myself by the comparison of it with the time present; I can turn to the authors, who have delineated the manners of ages antecedent to my own, without being alhamed of my contemporaries, or entertaining a fuperior respect for their's. I cannot look back to any period of our own annals, of whicha I can conscientiously pronounce, according to such judgment as I am possessed of, that the happiness of society was better secured, and more completely provided for than at the present moment.

This may appear fo hardy an assertion, that if the Murmurers take the field against me, I fuspect that I fhall find myself, as I frequently have done,' in a very decided minority; for let the seader take notice, I know the world too well to think of getting popularity by defending it; if ever I make that my object, I must run counter to my own principles, and abuse many, that all may read me: In the mean time I shall make a hew of some of my defences, if it be only to convince the Murmurers, that I shall not capitulate upon the first summons; and I will keep fome strong posts masked from their view, that if they repeat their assault, I may still have refources in my reach. Society is cemented by laws, upheld by reliB2

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