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A PLEA, &c.
I HAVE often marked, but never till this hour did I so fully realize the force and spirit of that apostolick admonition,“ be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only." From the days of “ righteous Abel” down to the time when that venerable man, a last and lonely relict of the Saviour's much loved family, was banished to Patmos “ for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ,"? we have innumerable examples of the meekness and piety, with which the disciples of the Saviour-have answered for themselves, before tribunals of every kind and temper, and to accusations of almost every form.--I mark that meekness which no occurrence could unsettle; I ponder that piety which armed their minds with unconquerable patience, and fortified their allegiance with a courage that nothing could quell: and in this record of the faith and patience of the saints," I distinctly recognize a universal mandate, “ go thou and do likewise." But, Moderator, we are deceived if we imagine that, because in the hour of undisturbed repose, and while in possession of a fame fair and unmenaced, our hearts chime harmony with a requisition so commanding-we are deceived if we imagine that when the