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An Account of a notorious Smuggling gang in the early 18th Century

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210                            SUSSEX SMUGGLERS.
the strict command, that we " render to all their due, custom to whom custom, honor to whom honor, fear to whom fear."
Nor let us be so deceived as to think that our own private interest is not equally concerned herein with that of the public: for the good of particular persons can in no society be distinguished from the general good, but is always and unavoidably included in it. So that if we wilfully connive at, if we suffer or neglect to correct abuses in the public, we do what in us lies to lessen our own security, and insensibly promote the ruin of our private interest and prosperity.
So much reason have we to esteem and to endeavour to secure the practice of this best of virtues, if we respect only the thing itself and the benefits thence resulting to ourselves, either singly considered or in society. But it is by the righteous and impartial exercise hereof that God also is most effectually glorified by us: for then only we can in any sense be said to promote the glory when we strive to imitate the excellencies of God; and justice being one of the principal of those moral excellencies which He has propounded to us as a pattern for our imitation, we do then in an eminent manner give Him the honor due unto His name when we study to be like Him in this perfection of His nature: when they particularly, who are His ministers for this very thing, that is, for the execution of justice, endeavour to resemble Him whose ministers they are, in being just even as He is just.
Another instance which Job here gives us of his own integrity, and wherein he has set us an example that wre should follow his steps, is his forwardness to give relief and assistance to the injured and oppressed. " I was eyes unto the blind, and feet was I to the lame : I
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