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to vice by Mr T- s; of their debauched lives,
and the horrors confequent thereupon II. Of the author's conversion. His letter from the
country to Mr T- s, with Mr 1- s's anfwer, displaying his dreadful situation, and the gracious discoveries of God to his soul
23 III. Tbe author returns from the country to his
friend; their joyful meeting. Mr I s 's reaTons for not asking the asistance of clergymen, with
his affectionate advice to the author IV. Objections made to religion by a young gentleman.
Mr T- s's answer, in defence of Christianity and religious experience; with a folemn exhortation to the objector
49 V. Mr T- s's account of an occafonal conference with a modeft young girl. A second speech in defence of revealed religion ; with a pathetic exborta
tion to a religious life VI. The author, at his friend's defire, comes to lodge
in the same house, and attends him conftantly. A young gentleman defiring proper means of inftru&tion, Mr T- s's advice to him thereupon, with a lif of some books proper for the purpose
77 VII. A speech made by Mr Ims to his companions i
in iniquity; containing an account of his parents, education, seduction to vice, wicked behaviour, horrors of conscience, and converfion; with a folemn exbortation to his companions
85 VIII. Mr T- s's satisfaction after reflecting on his own
address to his companions. His reflections on the proSpect of death, and repentance for his lewd life;
with bis affectionate speech to the author 123 IX. Some account of a studirus young lady in mens
cloaths. Mr T- s's relation of his adventures in a disguifod habit, with a folemx warning given
him by a virtuous lady. An account of his mistress 133
XII. MrI sis seized with a violent cough. He
is vifted once and again by all his companians.
I. The author visits the most noted towns, and cok
leets striking anecdotes. The history of Fanny, rubia.'
Mally, a handsome maid-Servant L i gjizz9
III. Fanny's account of the dying behaviour and hape"
py death of a young amiable maid-seryant' 53.17
Two Young Gentlemen.
Modern writer hath very justly observed,
that there has rarely pailed a life, of which - a judicious and faithful narrative would not be useful. For, adds he, every man has great numbers in the same condition with himself, to whom his mistakes and miscarriages, escapes and expedients, would be of immediate and apparent use. We are all prompted by the same motives, all deceived by the same fallacies, all animated by hope, obstructed by danger, entangled by desire, and seduced by pleasure. . If then a narrative of an ordinary life, even when considered apart from adventitious and separable decorations and disguises, may be of great utility to mankind ; How much more extensively useful, may I presume, will be that of my own, and of my dear deceased friend, whose days were for some years spent in a scene of ihe groffest impurity and lewdness, till we were stope in our awful career, and reclaimed from the error of our ways, by that God who saith, I will work, and who shall let it ? • To exhibit the most striking instances of the Phares and seduction to which youth are liable ; of the horrors of conscience consequent upon a life of vice and dissipation ; of the amazing effi,
cacy of sovereign grace in the conversion and salvation of the most profligate finners, who were dead in fins and trespafles, enemies to God by wicked works, children of wrath, and liable to condemnation ; of the pleasures of a religious life, far superior to all sensual gratifications; and of the joy and blessedness of dying in the Lord, is the design of the following narrative : which the reader will find interspersed with awful warnings to companions in iniquity, serious exhortations to improve the time of divine forbearance and benignity afforded to men, and entertaining and remarkable anecdotes of the glorious effects of the redeeming love and grace of God in the salvation of fome persons of the most abandoned cha. " racters. The whole calculated to humble and reclaim the sons of vice and profaneness, to animate every pious foul that aspires to heaven and immortality, to repress self-righteousness so natural to men in their lapsed state, to exalt the righteous. ness of God, as the one thing needful, and to promote the sacred interests of religion and godliness,
CH A P. I. A fhort account of the author, and his seduction to i vice by Mr T s ; of their debauched lives, .
and the horrors consequent thereupon.
I J- N u was born in a northern county
'in England, and was the only child and heir of a gentleman who lived constantly at his coun. try-feat.' As he had a genteel fortune, and was of a sociable and benevolent difpofition, he spent his time in rural diversions, in friendly society with the gentlemen in his neighbourhood, and in a series of charitable actions to the poor, of whatever party or denomination ; but without
much regarding religion, or the concerns of the world to come ; unless an occasional attendance on divine ordinances dispensed in a diffenting meeting-house not far from his feat, can be considered as fufficiently characteristic of a good Christian ; for though it does not appear he was religious, he always elpoused the diffenting interest, being an enemy to ceremonies and pomp in divine worship, which he looked upon as relics of Popery, and human traditions. As my mother, who was an accomplished, learned, and religious lady, whom my father married when they were both pretty well advanced in years, and whom he entirely loved, died in my infancy; I became the sole object of his most endeared regard. I was taught Latin at the parish-school, by a ma; ster of some note; and was not without the afliita ance of tutorial and parental instruction. My life indeed in that early period was spent in the follies and idle diversions that youth are naturally addicted to : but though I had no great genius, I was celebrated for a diligent application to my books, and an ardent thirst after classical know ledge ; and my father, blind to the defects of my genius, or perhaps through an overweening con, ceit of my being poffeffed of endowments which I could never attain to, flattered himself with the vain hopes that I should one day make a figure in the world. He therefore directed my youth, ful studies with uncommon care, and furnished me with all the books he thought necessary for my improvement. But how vain are the exa pectations of weak-fighted mortals, and how foolith the hopes of doting parental affection, that is merely concerned about the outside of things, will appear in the sequel. "My father, alas! unmindful that religion and virtụe are the highest ornaments of human nature, the true and A 2