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The above statement is the argument of the present volume.

It is the mode of blessing mankind revealed in the Bible-salvation by PROMISE : and it is the mode ESTABLISHED by the Legislature of the land, consistently with the Bible, of making every subject a blessing to himself, his neighbour, his country, and an honour to his God. Let the education of our children be conducted on this principle, as it is carried into practice by our Church in her Baptismal Service, and its two kindred formularies, the Catechism and Confirmation Service. We may then hope that as faith pleads and acts on the PROMISE, God will bless his own mode of ameliorating the human character, and that our population shall not be a community of mere natural men, but a Communion of the Saints of God.

May the blessing of God smile on this weak effort to glorify his grace, Reader say, Amen.

and may every

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LETTER I.

PRELIMINARY REMARKS ON THE PRESENT

RELAXED OBSERVANCE OF BAPTISMAL

DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS.

MY DEAR FRIEND,

You asked me some time since, for a statement of my sentiments, on the subject of Infant-baptism, as administered by our Church; and on putting into your hands a paper which I had drawn up on that subject, you returned it to me, with a wish to

see it in print, in a more enlarged form.'

Urged by your request, and encouraged by your judgment, I cheerfully cast my mite into the treasury of those benevolent exertions which are intended to compose our differences, and to bring us to that Communion of saints, in which I conceive it is the great object of our

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LETTER I.

PRELIMINARY REMARKS ON THE PRESENT

RELAXED OBSERVANCE OF BAPTISMAL

DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS,

MY DEAR FRIEND,

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You asked me some time since, for a statement of my sentiments, on the subject of Infant-baptism, as administered by our Church; and on putting into your hands a paper which I had drawn up on that subject, you returned it to me, with a wish to see it in print, in a more enlarged form.'

Urged by your request, and encouraged by your judgment, I cheerfully cast my mite into the treasury of those benevolent exertions which are intended to compose our differences, and to bring us to that Conımunion of saints, in which I conceive it is the great object of our

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