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THE

GREAT IMPORTANCE

OF A

RELIGIOUS LIFE

CONSIDERED:

To which are added,

SOME MORNING AND EVENING

PRAYERS.

THE FORTY-SECOND EDITION, CORRECTED.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

The honourable and very ingenious compiler of A Catalogue of Royal and Noble Authors in England, having ascribed the following excellent treatise to JOHN PERCEVAL, Earl of Egmont ; I think it incumbent upon me to declare in justice to the revered memory of my honoured Father, that The Great Importance of a Religious Life, was written by the late WILLIAM MELMOTH, of Lincoln's-Inn, Esq. and first published early in the beginning of the present century. W. M.

Bath, May 16
1790.

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Ir may add weight perhaps to the reflections contained in the following pages, to inform the reader that the author's life was one uniform exemplar of those precepts, which, with so benevolent a zeal, and so pathetic a sim plicity of style he endeavours to recommend to general practice. He left others to contend for modes of faith, and inflame themselves and the world with endless controversy: it was the wiser purpose of his more ennobled aim, to act up to those clear rules of conduct which revelation hathi graciously prescribed. He possessed by temper every moral virtue; by religion every Christian grace. He had a humanity that melted at every distress; a charity which not only thought no

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