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AN

T R E A TI SE

ON THE

NATURE AND IMPORTANCE

OF THE

SACRAMENTS,

. All is composed on a NEW PLAN.--No Author is referred to.

pro. or con.--Nor any Person or Pariy disputed through the
whole TREATISB.

By EBENEZER CHAPLIN, A. M.

Thus faith the Lord, fand ye in the Ways, and fee, aod
ask for the old PATHS, where is the good Way, and walk
therein, aod ye shall find reft for your Souls., Jer. vi. 16.

Make STLAIGHT Paths for your feet, left that which is

lame be turned out of the Way, but let it rather be healed,

Heb. vii. 13.

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WORCESTER (Massachusetts.)
PRINTED BY DANIEL GREENLEA F.

i 802.

COPY RIGHT SECURED, ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS.

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INTRODUCTION.

1 SHALL make no Preface, Advertisement or Apology, for writing what is here offered ; otherwise than giving a few hints, in this my Introduction.

I HAVE not gone in the track of any Publica. tion, I have ever seen on the subject; nor of any opinion or hypothesis, I have ever heard advanced. Neither do I undertake to oppose, or contro. vert any Author. I have therefore, no occasion to make any Apology on the one hand for occupying; nor on the other for obftruding, the Paths of others.

TAKING the Scriptures for my guide, I have searched after the Old Paths, the good Way, and have endeavored to clear it, so that all may walk therein. And it appears to me lo straight, that the lame need not be turned out of ihe Way.

And though the Old Paihs, are what I here enquire after, and endeavor to clear; yet those an. cient Paths have so long been unoccupied ; and by various means become so incumbered, that the clearing of them, seems properly Now at the pre. lent Day. And I doubt not, that those Old Paths which I here essay to clear, will appear New to all who occupy or survey them.

In going straight, it unavoidably intersects the Paths of others; yet I leave every one unmoletted; I therefore lee not, why I may not justly ex. pect to be unmolested myself. However, if any louid moleft me ; if I should live, and have toler. able health, I fall endeavor to defend myself.

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