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your Redemption, or Delivery from the Oppressions and Persecutions of such great wicked Men, draweth nigh. And considering that such great wicked Men, who will not take Warning by such affecting Signals of the divine Displeasure as we have lately had, will generally grow worse and worse, the longer they are borne with in this World, and so will have greater Guilt and heavier Punishment hereaf. ter ; such a sudden Vengeance, as, I believe, Providence is going to take on them, is rather an Instance of God's Pity and Compassion to these miserabie Creatures ; and it is therefore not to hinder good Men from rejoicing in their own Deliverance from them.
I conclude the Whole in the very wise, serious, moving, and seasonable Words of an unknown Author, who subscribes himself Publicus, in his Letter to the Printer of the General Evening Post, inserted into that Paper, from Tuesday, April 17, to Thursday, April 19, 1750 ; which I desire the Citizens of London to accept as my own Address to them, upon this folemn Occasion.
Have been informed, that the late Alarm of
an Earthquake, not only diffuses its Terrors to Mankind, [which the vast Multitude, perhaps 100,000, that retired, out of their Houses, into
Hyde-Park, &c. on the 4th of this Month, upon a · groundless Panick of a third Earthquake to hap
pen that Night, does abundantly testify] but even ( to the Animals that were in our Streets, and our <Fields: But as we transcend the Animals; as we
are Creatures endowed with intellectual Powers, and capable of Religion, so I would hope that we
shall give Proof of our Reason and Religion, by • looking beyond second Causes, to the great God
of all; who loudly demands from us, in the late Shocks, our Veneration and Obedience.
Though the Author and Sovereign of Nature, may, in this awful Event, have employed second · Causes, as the Instruments of his Displeasure
against a sinful City, yet I beseech the Inhabitants • of it not to add this to all their other Iniquities,
a Denial, or Disregard of an over-ruling Provie dence.
" Without Doubr, the Great God, when he de'nounced Pestilence, Famine, War, and the like
direful Calamities to the Israelites, intended to accomplish his Threatnings by second Causes : And yet, if we search the sacred Books, where the di
vine Threatnings are recorded, we shall find " that such tremendous Events were resolved, by
the Prophets, into a divine Agency, or Permis
• We are taught from Scripture to conceive of 'God, as upholding all Things by the Word of his
Power, Heb. i. 3. We are led to believe, that of Him, and to Him, and through Him, are all Things, Rom. xi. 36. That in Him we live and move, and have our Beings, Acts xvii. 28. and
that, by Him, all Things confift, Col. i. 17. And
surely, fuch Representations of the Deity, direct '. us to conceive of Him, as by an immediate Ener
gy, fuftaining the World He has made; and therefore we are not to suffer our Thoughts to stagnate,
when all such awful Events as have lately alarmed « our City arise, in any Instruments the great God
may use, but through the Medium, we are to . regard and reverence the almighty and constant Governor of all. • Methinks the Voice of Reafon joins with the Declarations of Scripture. Reason tells us, that • God is the Creator of all Things; and consequent
ly, that He furnishes His Creatures, whether ani• mate, or inanimate, with all their Qualities and ! Powers. Will not Reason farther approve, when
we say, that God, who has made, preserves all
Things ? For how can it be imagined, that the ? continua! Harmonies, and Wonders of the Uni-'.
verse, can be maintained, without the perpetua! · Conservation of those Laws, by which the vast
Structure of Nature is governed ? And where • shall we find Wisdom and Power sufficient for • this great Work, short of that Being, whose • Wisdom and Power produced the amazing Sy
· The Heathens, when they were visited with 6 any such dreadful Events as have lately awaken• ed our Terror, fled to their Gods for Refuge, • as the Mariners in the Tempest recorded in 40nab, Chii.
• Or shall we relapse into Epicureanism, and ima
gine a Deity who takes no Cognizance of, and
exerts no Powers in the World about us; and • hereby, at one fatal Blow, cut off our Fear, De4 pendance, Hope, and Consolation, in that God, whose we are, and whom we ought to serve ?
“The Exclusion of the Deity from such alarma ing Events as have lately shocked us, will afford « but little Comfort, if the Ground should open un• der our Feet, and threaten to swallow us up. • And what greater Lenitive will the Person, who • believes an Earthquake to be a meer Chance, find
above that Person who believes it is God that « cleaves the Earth afunder, to answer fome Pur
pose or another perfectly wise, and worthy of his supreme Administration ? Nay, will not a Confidence in the Deity, as the Governor of all Things, and a well-grounded Hope in his infinite • Mercy, support and cherish the Mind in the Pro
spects of such a Danger, and in the very Season 6 of its Attack ? He that shuts out God from our · World, does just as much Service, as he, who, « was it in his Power, would pluck the Sun from its
Sphere, or extinguish his universal Light, and . benign Influences.
· Let the Inhabitants of this great City know, that • if there is any Evil in the City, the great God bas « done it, Amos iïi. 6. and with one Heart and • Soul revere his Justice, tremble at his Power, for• fake their Iniquities, and turn to God, with fincere Repentance, and a Faith in the Merits and
· Mediation of his Son Jesus ; left, for a Neglect • at the Beginning of the divine Judgments, and • our Sorrows, God should be provoked, by ano
ther more dreadful Shock,“ to bury us in the • Ruins of our own Houses, or send us alive into
the Pit of Destruction. Such a Regard and Im-