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A WISE AND LEARNED MAN.
BETTER IS A POOR AND A WISE CHILD THAN AN OLD AND FOOLISH
KING, WHO WILL NO MORE BE ADMONISHED. ECCLES. iv, 13.
TO THE READER.
As Mr. Bramah asserts that my letter to him is no less than a disgrace to myself, and a publication of my own shame; and that many of my friends, to whom he has shewn it, are of the same opinion ; which letter, God knows, I wrote from principles of conscience; I find myself under the necessity of publishing the same, together with his excellent answer, and the whole of the correspondence that has since passed between us. And I think there is nothing in my letters to displease a conscientious friend of Christ, or to disgrace a faithful and zealous minister of the New Testament, whois unwilling to be brought under the power of any.
As Mr. Bramah promises to print my illiterate letter verbatim as it stands, I have, in return, desired my printer to do the same justice by his proper and formal answers, that the wisdom and learning therein displayed may not be altogether lost to the world.
Church street, Paddington,
December 10, 1793.
FEEBLE DISPUTE, &c.
To MR. BRAMAH, PICCADILLY.
I was surprised at the eight-pound draft that you sent me, as I had made up my mind, and likewise charged Mr. and Mrs. Baker never to take a mite of you towards the house of God, because I always judged your religion to be unsavoury.
The foundation on which I build, the king of Zion whom I serve, the God that revealed himself
to me and saved my soul, is not a created spirit, nor la demi-god, nor a god by office, nor a subordinate
Jehovah, nor yet a creating instrument, nor a human soul pre-existing; but a divine He, that took a whole human nature on him, and made his soul an offering for sin; who in his divine nature is the first and the last, the Almighty. If this article is lacking in your faith, your faith is vain, and you are yet in your sins; for, “ If ye believe not,” saith the Saviour, " that I AM, ye shall die in your sins.” All God's children are taught of him; but these