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COUNTRY CONGREGATIONS.

BY THE LATE

REV. GEORGE HAGGITT, A.M.

RECTOR OF BEECHAMWELL, NORFOLK.

THE EIGHTH EDITION.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR C. & J. RIVINGTON,

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,

AND WATERLOO-PLACE, PALL-MALL.

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TO THE READER.

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The writer of the following pages was born October 12, 1757; was educated at Harrow School: became a member of Clare-hall in Cambridge, January 1775: and was elected a Fellow of that Society in 1779. In 1782 he received the degree of Master of Arts : and vacated his Fellowship by marriage in 1786. In 1788 he became a resident minister of the parishes of Mileham and Fransham in Norfolk; which situation he changed in 1793 for the adjoining parish of Litcham and Lexham. He died January 31st, 1795, after a short illness, in the 38th year of his age.

It may be imagined, perhaps, by many, that a life, of which such was the outline, must have been as useless and insipid, as it was short and retired. Not such, however, will be the judgment of those whom experience or observation may have taught more justly to appreciate the character of an ex

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emplary parish priest. Such will be aware, that to constitute that character, there must be an union of learning and modesty; of spirit and of patience; that a marked detestation of vice must be made consistent with unabated charity for the offender; that the conduct of the man must never be at variance with the precepts of the preacher; that reproof must be tempered with gentleness; faith be made manifest by works; and zeal be directed by knowledge.

Whoever, indeed, can estimate the advantages which result to society from the exertions of a man at once sufficiently dignified and conciliating to " reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine;" who can win over the rich to temperance and charity; and the poor to honest industry and contentment; above all, whoever reflects on the blessedness of turning but one sinner from the error of his ways unto righteousness, will admit, that when the conscientious discharge of such duties is chosen by any one as the basis on which to build his character, his labours (albeit hidden in the deepest retirement) are still directed to an end not un

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