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It hath been always a fuccefsful Piece of Policy in Him not only to Difpence with, but to Encou- rage fomefew Inflames of Real Goodnefs, but of Lefs Conference, with Defign to give a Colour to great Impieties ; or to Varnifh o- ver ths Rankefl Herefies, and Schifms.Perhaps you may fay the Habit is fo Inve- terate, that I jhall but Provoke Men to Drink Healths the More, and Confirm them in the Cuftom* But this can be trite only of the Wicked, and the Pefverfe; not of thofe who are Well difpofed, or Religioufly Incli- ned, for whofe Saks alone this Treatife is writ- ten: This Argument, if it be one, will hold againft all Attempts made to difcourage Any prevailing Cufiom whaifoever which is either Evil To the READER.And were there no o* ther Reafbn/br the truly good and Religious, who have hitherto continued this Practice^ Un- wittingly and Undesignedly, to forbear it hereafter, I Appeal to themfelves whether this is not Reafon enough?And whether there mufl not ever be a Ground of Scruple till bet- ter Arguments are offered For Drinking of Healths, than are here produced Againft them?And therefore, tho1 I were Not in the Right in this Treatife, yet '' -- ■ i .-man.___________ t Stuckius* viii To the R E A D E R.all good Chriftians fhould Wife me fo ; and their Prejudices, if they have any, ought to be on my Side before they Read.And Secondly, Upon a Suppofition that it were a Thing in it's Own Nature per- fectly Indifferent, whether it is not how-- ever the Duty of all good Chrifiians, and more efpecially of the Clergy, not only to forbear drinking Healths Themfdves; but to diffuade others from it; and by their Example and utmoft Endeavours, to ba- nifh the Cuftom of it out of the-Chriftian World? Thefe -J2 - ( io) Thefe Two Material Qiieftions do naturally divide this Difcourie into Two Parts. Hether there is any Degree of Evil or Siffulnefs in the Nature of an apealt O it feif? TH E Firjl Acceptation of an Health is when a Quf or Glafs of Uquor is hank by way of Ctttfe or Stttipg CCatt Ott upon the Per/on himfelf who drinks, if he doth not mean ^merely what he fpeaks when he nameth Health or Profperiiy to any Per- fan, or Affair.In Order to fpeak more clearly and diftinctly to this Firft Point, let us confider an Health in every Acceptation wherein it piay pol Tibly be taken. As when a Man names the Health and Profperir.y of his Prime or his friend, he fhould fay, May this be my Poifon if I do not wifb him Health and Profperiiy. and drank in the Shorter Form ; and the direful ampjecatton is only imply d: For the full naming of the Cutfe upon our felves when we drink, was too grois and barefac'd an Impiety to be kept up in ex- prefs Words, and therefore this is dropt among People of Fafhion; and the De- fign and Import of it, is not commonly underftood.

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And no other Return is to be rnade here, but dsfiring People to Corf ler, whether it is My Vault or Theirs, that they grow more Obftinate by fair Endeavours that are ufed to make them more Religious ?

And till then I deferve the Thanks of every truly tender Confcience, for laying open to them a latent Jnftance of Guilt, which they did not dijcern in themfelves.

If any one be inclined to think meanly of th Subject, as if it were of no great Importance J J vi To the READER.

It is a ftire Indication of an Abjet Spirit to make the Serving of a Party the main Principle of a Man's Actions^ hecaufe it Cancels all Title to the Reward of his befl Per- formances in another World: I Write not a- gainft any Party, but againfi the Sins of Men) and if 'Thefe prevail more in One Party than Another, it is not amifs that they take the Re- proof to themfelves. cordingljy and it hath fallen to my hot to fuf- fer their Indignation, not having confultedfo much the Politick, as the Religious Part; becaafe I have obferved that too much Caution A 2 in iv To the READER.

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in Matters of Duty, and Religious Politicks are among the Reigning Bins of ths Time.You will fay again who ever Dreamed of any Similitude, or of doing Difhonour to the Eucharift by this Practice ?