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Chap. VIII.—To know ourselves, we must wholly abstract from external Appearances, - - 221

Chap. IX.—The Practice of SelfKnowledge, a great Means to promote it, - - 224

Chap. X.—Fervent and frequent Prayer, the most effectual Means for attaining true Self-Knowledge, - 234

TO

TO

SAMUEL LESINGHAM, Esq.

TREASURE*. OF ST. THOMAS'S HOSPITAL,

Sir,

MODESTY and self-diffidence are the allowed characteristics of Self-Knowledge. If then my presuming to address this piece to you may seem to discover more assurance and self-confidence than becomes a true acquaintance with the subject I write upon, I have only this^to say; your known condescension and candour have encouraged that presumption: Nor can any thing animate an address of this nature more, than an assurance that the person to whom it is made, has so good an understanding ing in the practical part of this subject, as will incline him to excuse the defects that may appear in the management of it.

But aster all, Sir, my own proficiency in this science is so poor, that I dare not be confident I am not wrong in my views, with which I desire this small tract may appear under your patronage. That it may have refuge from the petulance of censure, an encouragement, in the publication, and I, at the same time, an opportunity of testifying my grateful sense of many past favours, are my open and avowed ends herein. But still whether an ambition to be known to the world under the advantage of your friendfhip be not the secret and true motive, I cannot be certain.

However, if in this point I may be mistaken, there is another in which I think I cannot; and that

is.

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