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There has been a degree of the same work at a part of Guildford; and
very considerable at Mansfield, under the ministry of the Rev. Mr.
Eleazar Williams; and an unusual religious concern at Tolland; and
something of it at Hebron, and Bolton. There was also no small effusion
of the Spirit of God in the north parish in Preston, in the eastern part
of Connecticut, of which I was informed, and saw something, when I was
the last autumn at the house, and in the congregation of the Rev. Mr.
Lord, the minister there; who, with the Rev. Mr. Owen, of Groton, came
up hither in May, the last year, on purpose to see the work of God.
Having heard various and contradictory accounts of it, they were careful
when here to satisfy themselves; and to that end particularly conversed
with many of our people; which they declared to be entirely to their
satisfaction; and that the one half had not been told them, nor could be
told them. Mr. Lord told me that, when he got home, he informed his
congregation of what he had seen, and that they were greatly affected
with it; and that it proved the beginning of the same work amongst them,
which prevailed till there was a general awakening, and many
But, on further consideration, when, after finding the cause of all our
ills, I have sought to discover the reason of it, I have found that there is
one very real reason, namely, the natural poverty of our feeble and mortal
condition, so miserable that nothing can comfort us when we think of it
Whatever condition we picture to ourselves, if we muster all the good things
which it is possible to possess, royalty is the finest position in the
world. Yet, when we imagine a king attended with every pleasure he can feel,
if he be without diversion and be left to consider and reflect on what he
is, this feeble happiness will not sustain him; he will necessarily fall
into forebodings of dangers, of revolutions which may happen, and, finally,
of death and inevitable disease; so that, if he be without what is called
diversion, he is unhappy and more unhappy than the least of his subjects who
plays and diverts himself.
Hence it comes that play and the society of women, war and high posts, are
Impenetrability is a property of matter.
Identity de numero in regard to the same time requires the identity of
Thus if God united my soul to a body in China, the same body, idem numero
would be in China.
The same river which runs there is idem numero as that which runs at the
same time in China.
513. Why God has established prayer.
1. To communicate to His creatures the dignity of causality.
2. To teach us from whom our virtue comes.
3. To make us deserve other virtues by work.
(But to keep His own pre-eminence, He grants prayer to whom He pleases.)
Objection: But we believe that we hold prayer of ourselves.
This is absurd; for since, though having faith, we cannot have virtues, how
should we have faith? Is there a greater distance between infidelity and
faith than between faith and virtue?
Merit. This word is ambiguous.