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time be felt by the hand, when laid let. on the aperture of an exhausted re- X. ceiver. Sir Ilaac Newton appears to have thought, that it might reach to the orb of Saturn, and beyond, even through all the celestial spaces. It seems to go out from one part of the system, and circulate to the other, and nothing is hidden from it's influence ; to be in every place, and to possess powers which nothing is able to withstand. The Royal Society, by it's late worthy president, earnestly requested Dr. Priestley to make enqui. ry after this fame wonderful subftance; so that, by and by, it is likely, we may hear more of it;* and gen

* Many curious particulars concerning that, and other subjects connected with it, have al. ready been communicated to the world by the Reverend and learned Mr. Jones, in his very

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The execution of the sentence, then, was respited, in consideration of his repentance, agreeably to the proceedings of God with his descendants, both individuals and communities, in numberless instances upon record. Trans. greflion rendered him mortal, and his life from thenceforward was a gradual progress, through labour, pain, and sorrow, towards death,

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D 3. “ Is the account of the fall of LET. I. “man, in the book of Genesis, XI. “physical, or allegorical ?” .

I apprehend it to be an historical narrative of what really passed in the garden of Eden. With regard to the parties concerned, there is no dispute concerning three of them, the Creator, the Man, and the Woman. But there appears a fourth, whose nature and character it has been thought not so easy to ascertain. He is called the serpent ; but is throughout reprefented as an intelligent being, and treated as such. He proves himself

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LET. also to be the TEMPTER. Can we XI. doubt, for one moment, who this be

ing is? The serpent, the OLD serPENT, the DRAGON, are the appellations bestowed in the New Testament, upon the great adversary of mankind, the TEMPTER, the DECEIVER, the ACCUSER, the MURDERER. One question remains, whether, upon the occasion before us, he assumed the form of the natural serpent, or be only described under the name, and by imagery and expressions borrowed from the corresponding nature and qualities of that creature, and applied to him, by analogy? Either way, it is beyond all controversy, with us who believe the Scriptures, that he is the principal agent in the whole affair: He is all along intended, and addressed; on HIM was the weight and force of the tremendous sentence to light; be. LET. tween his seed and that of the woman XI. was the enmity to subsist; and his head was to be finally crushed by victorious Messiah. However Christians may have differed in their interpretation of particular words and phrases, this is the substance of what always has been, and always must be maintained among them, upon the subject. If all be confined to the natural serpent, or beast of the field, the account must then be, as Dr. Middleton contends, an apologue, or fable, with a moral couched under it. But the writers of the New Testament ever refer to it as true history, and invariably declare SATAN to have been the serpent, who “ through his subtlety deceived Eve." The account of man's redemption is no apologue, but true history, built

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