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1. A short account of the author, and his seduction

to vice by Mr T- -s; of their debauched lives,

and the horrors confequent thereupon II. Of the author's converfion. His letter from the

country to Mr T-s, with Mr Ts's anfwer, displaying bis dreadful situation, and the

gracious discoveries of God to his foul III. Tbe author returns from the country to his

friend; their joyful meeting. Mr T-s's reaTons for not asking the asistance of clergymen, with

his affectionate advice to the author IV. Objedions made to religion by a young gentleman.

MrIa s's answer, in defence of Christianity and religious experience; with a folemn exhortation to the obje&tor

49 V. Mr T-s's account of an occasional conference

with a modeft young girl. A second speech in defence of revealed religion ; with a pathetic exbortation to a religious life

64 VI. The author, at his friend's defire, comes to lodge

in the same house, and attends bim conftantly. A young gentleman defiring proper means of inftru&tion, MrTs's advice to him thereupon, with a list of some books proper for the purpose

77 VÚ. A speech made by Mr Isto his companions

in iniquity; containing an account of his parents, education, seduction to vice, wicked behaviour, horrors of conscience, and converfion; with a folemn exbortation to bis companions

85 VIII. Mr Ts's satisfaction after refletting on his

address to his companions. His reflections on the prospect of death, and repentance for his lewd life;

with bis affectionate speech to the author 123 IX. Some account of a sudicus young lady in mens

cloaths. Mr T-s's relation of his adventures in a difguifod habit, with a foleme warning given


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him by a virtuous lady.. An account of his mistress 133

X. Containing four letters written by Mr F-

his deathbed, with some clauses in his laft will 150

XI. Another letter written by Mrs. A prayer

faid by him on his deathbed, with his address to

the author


XII. Mr Isis seized with a violent cough. He

is vihted once and again by all his companions.

Foretels the time of bis death. An account of his

Speeches and beba viour before and at his triumpbant



XIII. The behaviour of Mr I-s's companions on

his death, and his funeral. The auibor's letter to

his father. He retires to the country.

tion at old Mr T- -s''s house. His infuccess in

his affair with Miss Cm, and her dearl 252



1. The author visits the most noted towns, and cok

leets ftreking anecdotes. The hiftory of Fanny, ruha

pursued learned Audies in a male habit; and of

Mally, a handfome maid-Servant


II. Extracts from Henry and Fanny's epiftolary cores

respondence. Henry's account of the adventures of .1!
a young country girl, that had been debauched and
abandoned by ber betrayer

III. Fanny's account of the dying behaviour and hapa"
py death of a young amiable maid-Seryant'

IV. Fanny's effecting narrative of the borrible flate,

converfion, and blefed death of a. foopkeeper's ap.

V. Henry's account of the converfion and happy death

of a country-gentleman, the great fürsuste be left to
his kept mifress,. with ber after virtuous life, and!
comfortable marriage with a gentleman in London 333

VI. Mally's account of the life and happy death of..

Peggy', a fervant-maid.


VII. Melly's account of the life, difafters conversion,


fickness, recovery, and marriage of Jenny, ako.

ther fervant-maid


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Modern writer hath very justly observed, that there has rarely pailed a life, of which

a judicious and faithful narrative would not be useful. For, adds he, every man has great numbers in the same condition with himself, to whom his mistakes and miscarriages, escapes and expedients, would be of immediate and apparent use. We are all prompted by the fame motives, all deceived by the same fallacies, all animated by hope, obstructed by danger, entangled by desire, and feduced by pleasure. If then a narrative of an ordinary life, even when considered apart from adventitious and feparable decorations and disguises, may be of great utility to mankind; how much more extensively useful, may I presume, will be that of my own, and of my dear deceased friend, whose days were for some years {pent in a scene of ihe grosseft impurity and lewdnefs, till we were stopt in our awful career, and reclaimed from the error of our ways, by that God who saith, I will work, and who shall let it ?

To exhibit the most striking instances of the shares and feduction to which youth are liable ; of the horrors of conscience consequent upon a life of vice and diffipation; of the amazing effi,


cacy much

cacy of sovereign grace in the conversion and salvation of the most profligate finners, who were dead in fins and trespaffes, enemies to God by wicked works, children of wrath, and liable to condemnation ; of the pleasures of a religious life, far superior to all sensual gratifications; and of the joy and blessedness of dying in the Lord, is the design of the following narrative : which the reader will find interspersed with awful warnings to companions in iniquity, serious exhortations to improve the time of divine forbearance and benignity afforded to men, and entertaining and remarkable anecdotes of the glorious effects of the redeeming love and grace of God in the salvation of some persons of the most abandonedcha. racters. The whole calculated to humble and reclaim the sons of vice and profaneness, to animate every pious soul that aspires to heaven and immortality, to repress felf-righteousnefs fo natural to men in their lapsed state, to exalt the righteousness of God, as the one thing peedful, and to promote the sacred interests of religion and godliness,

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A fbort account of the author, and his seduction to vice by Mr Is; of their debauched lives,

and the horrors consequent thereupon. I !.- N—u was born in a northern county

in England, and was the only child and heir of a gentleman who lived constantly at his country-feat. As he had a genteel fortune, and was of a sociable and benevolent difpofition, he spent his time in rural diversions, in friendly fociety with the gentlemen in his neighbourhood, and in a series of charitable actions to the poor, of whatever party or denomination ; but without much regarding religion, or the concerns of the world to come ; unless an occasional arcendance on divine ordinances dispensed in a diffenting meeting-house not far from his feat, can be confidered as fufficiently characteristic of a good Christian ; for though it does not appear he was religious, he always elpoused the diffenting intereft, being an enemy to ceremonies and pomp in divine worship, which he looked upon as relics of Popery, and human traditions. As my mother, who was an accomplished, learned, and religious lady, whom my father married when they were both pretty well advanced in years, and whom he entirely loved, died in my infancy; I became the sole object of his most endeared regard. I was taught Latin at the parish-school, by a ma; ster of fome note; and was not without the affista ance of tutorial and parental instruction. My life indeed in that early period was spent in the follies and idle diversions that youth are naturally addicted to : but though I had no great genius, I was celebrated for a diligent application to my books, and an ardent thirst after claslical know, ledge ; and my father, blind to the defects of my genius, or perhaps through an overweening con, ceit of my being poffeffed of endowments which I could never attain to, flattered himself with the vain hopes that I should one day make a figure in the world. He therefore directed my youth, ful studies with uncommon care, and furnished me with all the books he thought necessary for my improvement. But how vain are the ex: pectations of weak-fighted mortals, and how foolith the hopes of doting parental affection, that is merely concerned about the outside of things, will appear in the sequel. "My father, alas ? unmindful that religion and virtue are the highest ornaments of human nature, the true and A 2



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