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LETTER IX , To Mr . Say . Sept . 7 , 1732 . Dear Sir , I have been very speedy you see in
sending what I promised , and a few others for your ivi £ e and daughter . I suppose the Scripture History must belong to Miss also . What you find amiss in it be so free as to let me know , Mr .
Corbet ' s Self Enquirys , distribute them &s you think good . I ' me much of your mind y * ye want cf success in preaching y gospell to bring y souls of men to holiness , is one great reason or occasion of y infidelity of y age . Never since y apostles days
were equall argum 18 . for Christianity produced as this age has produced . All y « ffathers of ye 10 first centuries never nawer'd y objections of infidells so happily , nor indeed did they find such acute objectors ; and yet these sons of wit and unbelief have 'been solidly refuted by
JLETTER X . To Mr . Say . Lime Street , Nov . % o . 1732 * Dear Sir , I think 'tis at least ten weeks ago y * I sent a packett of books to you according to your directions , by y hand of your sister Porter ; whether they came
safe to you I should be glad to hear . I have nothing else particular to write , because ( if I mistake not ) I answer * d your las £ to me in a letter enclosed in y pack , ett . I acknowledge with you that ye want of vitall religion among the Christian professors of it is certainly one great cause of infidelity . And ' tis incredible
to think how fast y * cursed weed grows amongst us , and taints the familys y * have been educated in y strictest profession . 'Tis a most dangerous age for youth . I rejoice that ye house J live in , and many others y * I know , are untainted : but 7 tis a spreading poison . And yet from all ye histories of mankind , and all y facts in ye world , 'tis plainly
LETTER XI . To Mr . Say . , Aug . 23 , 1733 . Dear Sir , I ' ve read over ye two sheets of verses you sent me , I ' m amaz ' d how a man of so low an education , and so poor and scanty advantages for knowledge , should ever write so well . This tempted me to
dint of reasoning . And w' is ye effect of all this ? Few are convinced . Deism prevails still . I am ready to say , that faith , tho' a rationall thin ^ in itself , is yet the gift of God . Not by might of arm , nor by : power of argument , but by
my Spirit , saith the Lord . Souls converted in multitudes by y blessed gospell would be y most effectual proofs of its divinity , and subdue Deism But we want to believe this , and preach arid pray and live agreeable to such a belief and dependance . N
When you have time and leisure perform w you promise , and send riie y letter which you wrote to a certain person to make clear the affair of Scripture History and- fFarewell . May grace and peace be with you . and yours , and y church under your care . Your affectionate bro . and humble serv * . I . WATTS . v " .
evident y wliere no revelation has come , mankind is almost brutify'd , especially in the affai . s of religion . May y ^ great God give u < \ more of an inward taste of y divine religion of y gospell , wch I ' me persuaded will assist . us in our ministrations to prevent and to cure infidelity , more than the most strenuous reasoning ,
tho * that also is necessary , and must act its part . I thought to have delayed writing till I could give you an acco of y legacy of Mr . Hopkins , and asked receits
from those you recommended ; but last wfcek I waited the % time on Sir Richard Hopkins , and he excuses himself from paying it till some little affairs are farther settled in Chancery > which he tells me will be done in a very few weeks .
With all due salutations to your spouse and daughter with your self , I am , dearbro . Yours affectionately , I . WATTS ,
make a few corrections m two copys ( viz . ) y ffirst of one sheet , or , Agur ' s Wish , and the last of y e other sheet ( viz , ) An Evening Thought . But the others want much more correction , than I can possibly spend upon them . It is not to be expected y such a rn ^ an should understand grammar and language , and connexion of sense and perapicuity of thought
4 The Say Papers . —Original Letters of Dr . Watts ' s *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 4, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/4/