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And there cou'd not furely be too many Wit-
nefles of this any more than of others ofjefus's
Miracles, if real ones. Ought not the unbe-
lieving Multitude to have had a fight and hear-
ing of this Miracle as well as the Apoftles ?
Who mou'd rather fee it than thofe that wanted
Conviction ?

N. It is impoflible for us to afiign the true
Reafons why the particular Circumftances that
attended every Miracle in the Gofpels were
preferr'd to any other, that to us might feem
equally proper ; or perhaps more eligible.
Our views are very fcanty and confin'd : nor
can we judge aright of Things that do not fall
within our reach. The Nature, Subject, Time,
Place, Manner, Witnefles, and other Circum-
ftances of each particular Miracle that Jefus
wrought, were fixt and determin'd by the di-
vine Wifdom ; and therefore, were, upon the
whole, the belt, and fitteft always that cou'd
be chofen. His Miracles were generally done
in the moft publick manner ; in the open Day ;
before many Witnefles -, in Citys and Towns ; at
fome great Fefti-val ; fometimes in the Synago-*..
gues, in the Prefence of his watchful Enemy s ;
or, in the Streets ; and often upon noted Perfons
that were well known to have been always
Blind, or Lame ; or to have labour'd many
Years under fome inveterate Diftemper. So
that the Multitude in every place cou'd not
but have feen feveral unqueftionable Miracles
wrought by Jefus : and there cou'd be no Ne -

cefilty



Conference upon



SECT. I. cefiity for their feeing every wonderful Work
that he did. But indeed at his Transfigurati-
on he did no Miracle himfelf : he was intirely
Paffive. The whole Tranfaction was the im-
mediate Work of Almighty God ; who ac-
knowledg'd and glorified his beloved Son ; and
fent Mofes and Elias to attend and honour him
at this Solemnity. I obferv'd before that the
fame divine Voice was heard from Heaven at
his Baptifm ; and the fame folemn Acknow-
ledgment was made, of his being the beloved
Son of God. On another occafion too, when he
. xii. 18. befought the Father to glorify his Name ; there
came a Voice (like 'Thunder) from Heaven *,
faying, / have both glorified if, and will glorify
it again. This divine Voice and Anfwer from
the Almighty himfelf was heard by the Multi-
tude that was prefent ; who fancied that an An-
gelfpake to him. Now fmce the fame divine
Teftimony that was given to Jefus on the
Mount by an immediate Voice from God him-
ielf (which is the chief part of the Miracle at
his Transfiguration) was heard on other Occa-
fions, by the Multitude , there was no need of
their being prefent to fee him transfigured :
efpecially feeing they were aflur'd of it after-
wards by the three Apoftles who faw it.

M, The Apoftles were Partys in the Caufe :
fo that the People had no Reafon to take their
Word for the Truth of the Miracle.

N. They were no more Partys, or any far-.
ther concern'd in the Tranfa<5Hon, than the
People themfelves muft have been, if they had
been prefent. For, they wou'd have been
obliged, as candid Witneffes, to report faitht
fully what they heard, and faw : and the
Apoftles did no more. Befides, if the Multi-
tude had been prefent, the- Matter cou'd not

have



Our S A v I o u R'J Miracles. 4 3

have appeared one jot more credible to us : SECT. I.
becaufe, for the Truth of their being prefent,
we muft ftill have rely'd (as we now do) upon
the Teftimony of the Evangelifts. I fhall only
add here that their Teftimony is this (as well
as in every other) Cafe, muft appear unquefti-
onably true, to all confiderate Perfons. For,
if in the Account they give of the Transfigura-
tion, they had been inclin'd to deviate in the leaft
from the Truth ; it wou'd have been as eafy
for them to reprefent this Miracle as done in
a Valley before the Multitude ; as on a Mount l ,
in Prefence of only three of theApoftles. But
they always mow the ftriftelt regard to Truth ;
even when it feems to lefien the Credit and
Honour of Jefus -, and fullys their own Repu-
tation. I only hint at this important Remark at
prefent, becaufe I fhall have pccafion to infift
upon it more fully afterwards. We have now
difpatch't the firft Difcourfe : let us proceed to
thefecond.

M. There Mr. W. has Ihown how fuccefs-
fully Jefus praclifed upon the Credulity of
three filly Women

T. Speak foftly, Sir ; the Ladys will hear
you. They are juft coming in to Breakfaft :
fo that you muil adjourn your Debate till they
have done.




SECT,



44 d. Conference ufon



SECT. II.

SECT. II. *T. ^VJO W the Ladys are gone, Mr. Af. you

^v^ J.^ .may talk of thejilly Women as freely
as you pleafe. I think Mr. ^.'s fecond Dif-
courfe begins with the Story of the Woman

Matt.ix.i8. that Jefus cur'd of an Iffue of Blood that had

.: lafted twelve Years.

Difc-a.p.j. M. That muft be fuppos'd to be one of the
greateft Miracles that Jefus wrought, elfe it
wou'd not have been particularly related ; but
thrown into the lump of all manner of Dif-
eafes that he heal'd.

N. Tho' it be an undoubted and furprizing
Miracle, it cannot be reckon'd one of the
greateft that Jefus wrought. The Evangelifts
do not feem to have had regard merely to the
furprizing Nature of the Miracles they re-
corded ; but to have been determin'd by fome
other Reafons to mention thofe they have re-
lated, rather than many others that were equal-
ly great *, or perhaps more aftonifhing. It is
not eafy to affign the true Reafons that influ-
enc'd them in their Choice : but probably thofe
they have recorded were more publick ; and
fuch as cou'd have been more eafily inquir'd
into than the reft. Or, fmce all the Apoftles
cou'd not conveniently be prefent at every Mi-
racle ; it is probable that St. Matthew general-
ly chofe to mention thofe Miracles that he him-
felf faw done : as having made a deeper Im-
preffion upon his Mind, than fuch as he was
*inform ? d of by the other Apoftles. And St.
Mark and St. Luke might mentiori thofe Mi-

racles



Our SAVIOUR'/ Miracles. 45

racles only which they were afiured of by fuch SECT. U.
as were Eye-wit neffes of what thefe two Euan- ^7^J>^
gelifts have recorded. And perhaps they fome-
times preferr'd fuch Miracles as they feverally
thought moft important and furprizing : about
which they might differ as much in their Opi-
nions as others now do.

<?. Gentlemen, it is of little Importance
whether the Miracle before us, be one of the

f-eateft that Jefus wrought ; or whether the
vangelifts thought it fo, The Queftion is
whether is was really a Miracle : or to talk in
Mr. /F.'s way, whether the literal Story be
attended with Incredibilitys, and Abfurditys.

M. To determin this we muft confider the Mfc. 2. p.
Nature of the Woman's Difeafe ; and the means
by which the Cure was performed. As to the
Nature of the Difeafe, we are much in the dark ;
and very uncertain of what kind and degree it
was. St. Matthew fays the Woman was //*op-
pooOVoi, that is, fubject to Bleeding. St. Mark
and St. Luke fay, that fhe laboured under an
efflux or running of Blood. But neither of
them tell us in what degree her Hasmorrhage
was ; nor from what part of her Body it proceed-
ed : nor how often or feldom fhe was addicted to
it. It might for ought we know be only a little
Bleeding at the Nofe, that me was now and
then fubject to : or an Obnoxioufnefs to an Eva-
cuation of Blood by Stool or Urine : or it was
not improbably of the menftruous Kind. Now oifc. 2. p.
it is neceflary to know the Nature of the Di-
ftemper, or none truly and properly can fay
there was a great, much lefs a miraculous Cure
wrought.

N. It cou'd be of little ufe to know the par-
ticular Kind or Degree of the Woman's Flux
of Blood. Had her Difeafe been common, St.

Luke,



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SECT. II. Luke, being a Phyftcian himfelf, wou'd havfi
v^-v^ told us its Nature and proper Name , as he
Luk. iv. 33. does in other common Cafes. If it was of the
menftruous kind, which (as Mr. W. obferves)
xai xxviii. is not improbable ; a fcrupulous Modefty might
reftrain him from taking Notice of it. But of
whatever Kind this Iffue of Blood was, and in
whatever Degree ; from what the Evangelifts
fay, the Cafe appears to have been dangerous
arid inveterate , feeing it had lafted twelve Years ;
and was not cured by all the Skill of many
Phyficians j nor the various Remedys they muft
ch. vis. . have try'd. St. Luke fays me cou' d not be beal'd
of any : which implys that her Illnefs either
really was in itfelf incurable ; or at leaft was
reckon'd fuch by Phyficians. St. Mark tells
ch. v; ic. us (he had fuffer'd many Things of many Pbyfici-
ans , and hadfpent all that Jhe bad upon them
yet was nothing bettered ; but rather grew worfe.
Now let any-one judge from this account of
her Cafe, whether it cou'd poflibly be only
fome Jligbt cutaneous Diftemper j or perhaps a
little Bleeding at tbeNofe!

M. But how will you make a grievous Diftem*-
per of it in order to a Miracle ?

N. If a Flux of Blood that had lafted twelve
Years, and baffled all the Skill of Phyficians
be not a grievous and inveterate Difeafe, I know
not what can be reckon'd fo.

M. The Woman fubfifted too long under it*
and bore it too well, to make her Cafe very
dangerous. It cou'd not be a continual ErTuii-
on of Blood that me labour'd under ; for Phy-
ficians will agree, I fuppofe, that it was not
poflible for Nature to endure it fo long ; or the
Woman to live twelve Days, much lefs twelve
Years, under it.

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Our SAVIOUR'.T Miracles. 47

N. A dayly or continual Flux of Blood may SECT. IF.
be (and long continue) fo very gentle and mo-
derate as not to exceed the dayly Supply of
Blood that the Patient has by proper and nou-
rifhing Food : which feems to have been this
Woman's Cafe for fome Years at leaft. In fome
Conititutions there is fuch a good Digeflion ;
and the Tone and Elafticity of the Veflels that
contribute towards Sanguification may be fo
ftrong, and fo exactly adapted to the Quanti-
ty and Quality of the Fluids , that they pre-
pare and fupply twice as much Blood, as Others
of a different Make and Conftitution have from
the fame fort and quantity of Meat and Drink ;
and in much lefs time. In healthy Perfons, a
feafonable temperate Meal of proper Food and
Drink is turn'd into good Blood in ten or twelve
Hours generally ; and fome nourifhing Li-
quids much fooner. While in Cachexy s, and
fome other Chronical Difeafes, the Tone of
the Solids is fo weaken'd, and the Tempera-
ment of the Fluids is fo faulty , or their Quan-
tity fo difproportion'd to the force of the So-
lids , as not to fupply Blood and Spirits fuffi-
cient for repairing the dayly Wafte that the
common Animal-functions make : befides the
additional Wafte made by improper Exercife,
intenfe Study, or violent Paftions. And in fuch
Cafes, Atrophys, Confumptions, and Death
enfue.

M. You have got beyond my Depth, Doctor.
But as far as I can judge of your Doctrine of
Sanguification, the Woman's Hemorrhage
might have been rather of Advantage to her
Health, than of any Danger to her. For, if
her Conftitution fupply'd Blood fafter than o-
ther People's, or in a larger Quantity than her
, Health cou'd require, as you conjecture ; an

unufual



48 A Conference upon

SKCT.U. unufual way of evacuating fuch fuperfluoiis
Blood feems to have, been neceffary to her
2- p. Health and Prefervation. Thus we find that
fome Hemorrhages are better kept open, than
ftopt and dry'd up. And if Infidels mou'd fay
that this Woman's was a Prefervative of her
Life ; like an Iffue at which Nature difcharges
itfelf of bad Humours, who can contradict
them ? She liv'd twelve Years under it ; and *
might have liv'd twenty more, tho' Ihe had not
been cured.

N. When a Difeafe is obftinate and incura-
ble, all that Phyficians can do is to fupport
the Patient under it, as well as they can ; to
lengthen Life, and make it as eafy as may be.
This it feems was all that the Woman's Phyfi-
cians cou'd do for her :. and in this they fuc-
ceeded tolerably well. Nor was it difficult to
do fo. For they cou'd not but know that the
Danger arifing from an incurable Evacuation
of Blood muft be guarded againft by an uncom-
mon fupply of it ; which a proper Quantity of
nourishing Food and Drink wou'd readily af-
ford. But this Relief cou'd not always laft ;
feeing the increafe of the W T oman*s Age ; and
the changes of Air, Exercife, Diet, and other
various Circumftances, nay even the Continu-
ance of her Illnefs, muft affect her Conftitution
infenfibly ; and render her Cafe more dange-
rous. And in Fact it happen'd that me grew
ivorfe. Whence it appears that her IfTue of
Blood was fo far from preferving her Health,
that tho' by the Advice of her Phyficians, (and
probably a very ftrict Regimen) me held out
fome Years under it > her incurable Illnefs in-
creafed ; and in all Probability muft have
haften'd her Death, if fhe had not been mira-
culoufly cured.

U. If



Our SAVIOURS Miracles. 49

M. If her Cafe had been fo dangerous as SSCT. II.
you reprefent it, fhe cou'd never have born the ^^T^
prefs of the People to come at Jefus.

N. She was not fo much weakened but Ihe
cou'd walk, and make Ihift to get near Jefus.
And feeing Ihe had hopes of being cured by
him, and no other way -, we cannot wonder at
exerting herfelf to the utmofi, even beyond
what her common Strength, and a regard to
her Eafe and Safety cou'd well permit. The
Neceflity of her Cafe, and vigorous Hopes, muft
have given her an uncommon height of Refolu-
tion ; which on fome occafions, Women are
obferv'd to mow in as high a degree as Men.

M. Since the Diilemper is uncertain both as oifc. a. p.
to the Nature and Degree of it ; how can there I3 '
be any certainty of a Miracle in the Cure of it.

N. Becaufe whatever the kind and degree of
her Illnefs might be, it was inveterate ; having
lafted many Years : it cou'd not be cured by all
the Art of the many Phyficians that had try'd
their Skill upon her : it was grievous ; fhe ha-
ving fuffer'd much, or many things^ under their
Hands : it was dangerous ; feeing fhe grew worfe.
And yet Jefus in one Moment cured her of this
inveterate, incurable, dangerous Diilemper,
without the ufe of any means whatever.

M. The manner of her Cure was furprizing Dire. 2 .
enough , but, I think, not miraculous. The '*
Power of her Faith, or fancy in the Cafe was
a good Preparative for Relief: and without it,
fhe had probably continued under her Difeafe.
It is well known that the Power of the Imagi-
nation will work Wonders, fee Vifions, pro-
duce Monflers, and heal Difeafes ; as Experi-
ence and Hiftory do teflify. There being ma-
ny Inftances to be given of Cures perform'd by
irivolous Applications, Charms, and Spells ,
E (and



^o A Conference upon

SECT. II. (and as mean Trifles as a touch ofChrift's Gaf-
*-^V~*-* ment ,) which are unaccountable any other way
than by the Imagination of the Patient. As
Defpair and Dejection of Mind fometimes kills,
where otherwife proper Medicines wou'd pro-
bably Cure : fo a good Conceit in the Patient
at other times, whether the Medicines be per-
tinent or not is almoft all in all. And if Infi-
dels fhou'd fay that this was the Cafe of this
Woman in the Gofpel ; and that her own Ima-
gination cured her, who can help it ? You muft
prove that her Haemorrhage was of that kind,
that no Faith or Strength of fancy in herfelf
cou'd help her, without the divine Power.

jV. The Cures of fome Diftempers are often
imputed by the Vulgar to Charms and Spells :
and fome learned Men have pretended to ac-
count for thefe Cures by the force of Imagina-
tion ; which in moft Cafes is really as much a
Charm as any of thofe that they defpife ; and
as little able to produce thofe Cures they pre-
tend to account for. The Truth of the Cafe
is : neither the Spells or trifling Applications
that are ufed, nor the Power of Imagination,
have, (of tbemjehes) any real Efficacy in the fup-
pofed Cures. The Perfons that find themfelves
better within fome Days (or Weeks perhaps)
after they ufe Charms, or Trifles, wou'd have
found themfelves as foon well without them.
We fometimes fee poor People cured of their
Difeafes without any fort of Medicines. And
if fuch People had happen'd to ufe any Spell
or Trinket juft before their Recovery ; fuch
Spell (or any trifling Prefcription) wou'd have
been thought the true Caufe of their Cure ; as
it is in Cafes where fuch Trifles are ufed or ap-
ply'd. But in fuch Cafes, the Cure is really
owing cither to fome critical Evacuation, or

Secretion ;



Our S A v i o u M Miracles. 5 1

Secretion; or to Abftinence, Exercife, or a SECT. II.
change of Diet, or Air : cither of which may ^-^V"-^
happen ibmetimes to check a Diftemper, and to
cure it by degrees. Or perhaps fome proper
Medicine, that the Patient took feveral Days
before, had not its full effect upon the Body till
the Spell, or Trifle was apply'd. And fince
whatever Medicine, or other Application j is laft
ufed in any Cafe, generally has the Credit of
the Cure i therefore a Charm, or the force of
Imagination is fometimes thought to have cured
a Difeafe that was really remov'd by the Me-
dicines, or proper Diet, or other common
Means that had before been ufed. What I have
now faid of Cures fuppofed to be wrought by
Trifles, or the Strength of Imagination alone,
will, I believe, be acknowledg'd by the bell
Phyficians to be agreeable to Reafon and Ex-
perience. And I know not how we can better
determin the Cafe before us, than by appealing
to them, whether fuch an Iffue of Blood as the
Evangelift reprefent the Woman's, cou'd be
cur'd in a Moment, by her fancy alone, with-
out the Interpofition of the divine Power.
They who can think fo, muil be refolv'd to
believe the moil abfurd and incredible Things,
rather than acknowledge any Event whatever
to be the effect of a fupernatural dr miraculous
Power. The force of Imagination is confeiTedly
great ; and its effects are often very furprizing,,
It aflifts the Operation of Medicines ; and may
by degrees help to cure fuch Illneffes as it felf
had occafion'd, or increas'd. But furely no
one can believe, that it cou'd in an Inftant cure
fuch an obftinate chronical Difeafe as a i 7 lux
of Blood (however gentle it were fuppos'd)
that all the Art of Phyficians cou'd not itop :
E. 2 efpecially



A Conference upon



SECT. II. efpecially when the Diflemper was grown worfe

V^OfX' than it had been before.

M. It is the more likely that her Cure was
owing to her Faith, or Imagination, becaufe
we find Jefus himfelf imputed the Cure of others
to their Faith, or their ftrong Conceit of his
miraculous Power ; which feems to have been
a Qualification that he requir'd in thofe he
cured.

N. You are quite miftaken, Sir ; there are
but very few of whofe Faith there is any men-
tion made in the Gofpels. And tho' Jefus faid
to fome that their Faith hath faved them, or
made them whole j there is no more Reafon to
impute their Cure to their Faith as the effici-
ent Caufe of it, than to afcribe the Cure of o-
thers to the Faith, (or, as you call it, the Jlrong

viii M i"V faMg&atwn)) of thofe who brought them :

ch. xv. a. which we find iometimes commended.

Dire. 2. p. M. The Evangelifts exprefsly tell us that
Jefus cou'd do no Cures againft Unbelief.

N. For Proof of this fhrewd Obfervation, I
remember Mr. IV. quotes St. Matthew , who

ch. ii. 5-5. fays that Jefus did not many mighty Works [in
his own Country,] becaufe of their Unbelief . But
is his not doing MANY, a Proof that he cou'd
do NONE ? Some he certainly did, tho' not very
many. This is plainly imply'd in the Paflage

ch. vi.j. referr'd to. And St. Mark tells us exprefsly,
that Jefus then heal'd a few fick Folks, only by
laying his Hands upon them. Befides we find
that once at leafl he wrought a miraculous
Cure upon an Infidel : for we cannot fuppofe

i.uic. xxii. that Malchus the High-Prieft's Servant (who
came among others to feize Jefus, in order to
put him to Death,) was a Believer.

M. But



Our S A v I o u R 's Miracles. 5 5

M. But was it not becaufe of their Unbelief SECT.IT-
that he cou'd do no mighty Work among his Coun- V-OfN-*
try men ? And fmce a mighty Work muft fignify
a Miracle ; does not this imply that the few
Cures which Jefits then wrought in his own
Country were not truly miraculous. They knew
him ; and therefore did not believe in him.
And becaufe of their Unbelief, and their want-
ing a high Conceit or Perfwafion of his won-
derful Power, he cou'd do no mighty Work among
them.

N. They knew his Poverty, the Meannefs
of his Parentage, and of his Employment ; see Matr:
and this confirm'd their other Prejudices a- Mark f vi. a.
gainft him. But tho' they did not acknow- j J oh< '
ledge him to be the Mejfiah i he beal'd fome CI '- " f
fick Folks among them, even againft their Unbe-
lief. And thefe were fuch furprizing Cures,
that the unbelieving Multitude cou'd not but
own them to be Miracles, or mighty Works.
When they heard him teach in their Synago-
gues, they were equally aftonifh't at his Know-
ledge, and at his Power : and faid, Whence Matt. xiii.
bath this Man this Wifdom, and thefe mighty H>
Works. This mows, that tho' they did not be-
lieve in him, they cou'd not but acknowledge
that the Cures he wrought among them were
truly miraculous. It is true, St. Mark fays,
that " Jefas cou'd there do no mighty Work,
" fave that he laid his Hands upon a few fick
" Folks, and healed them ". But in this place
(as in many other Paflages of the New Tefta-
ment,) ?vWjw*i does not relate to the real Pow-
er of acting, but to the Views^ the Confijlency y
and the Reafonablenefs of acting. He cou'd not
do many mighty Works there confidently with
his Wifdom and Goodnefs : becaufe it wpu'd
have been in vam. The People were fo vio-
E 3 lently



54 ^ Conference ufon

lently prejudiced againft him, as to be altoge-
ther indifpos'd for receiving the Truth ; for
Confirmation of which his Miracles were chief-
ly wrought. And if he had done more among
them, than he did , it wou'd only have aggra-
vated their Guilt, and Condemnation. In the



aCor.xiii.



againft t he Truth ; and that he cou'd not fpeak to
the Corinthians as unto fpiritual Perfons. And
we dayly fay that we cannot do this or the other
thing, when we mean to let People know that
we reckon it inconfiflent with Virtue, or Pru-
dence ; or contrary to our Duty, or Commiffion.

1". Gentlemen, you are inquiring into the
true Caufe of the Woman's Cure ; whether it
was owing to her Faith, or to her own Fancy,
or to the Power of Jefus. . You feem to be go-
ing-oT from the Point in hand.

M. Faith and Fancy here are much the fame.
Now Jefus afllires us, that it was her Faith, (or
her high Opinion of his wonderful Power,) that
made her whole : that is, me was cured by her
Conceit of his Power, or the Strength of her
own Imagination.

N. All that Jefus cou'd poflibly mean by
faying that her Faith had made her whole, was,
that her Faith was the Condition, or Occafion
of his exerting his wonderful Power in curing
her : or that it was a Motive that (in Concur-
rence with others) jnduc'd him to mow her this
Inftance of his Goodnefs : but he cou'd not
mean that it was the active and efficient Caufe
of her Cure. We find that the Cures of fome
were, in the fame Terms, imputed to the Faith
of thofe who befought Jefus in behalf of the
difeafed. And there is juft as much Reafon to.
fuppofe that fuch Perfons were cured by the
Faith of others 3 as to imagin that any cou'4

be.



Our S AV i o u R'.T Miracks. 5 5

be cur'd by their-own Faith. The Woman SECT. II.
was heal'd of.her Iflue of Blood, by Vertue of *XWJ
that wonderful Power that Jefus exerted and
perceiv'd to go out from him, the Moment that
Ihe touch't his Garment.

M. Surely his Virtue hung very loofe on Difc. a.p,
him ; elfe the Woman's Faith like a Fafcinati-
on cou'd never have extracted it againft his
Will and Knowledge.

N. This Sentence (which you feem to be pe-
culiarly pleafed.with) contains as much Non-
fence, Falfhood, and Contradiction as cou'd
well be crouded into fo few Words. So true
is it that nothing leads Men into grofler Abfur-
ditys, than an exceffive and unfeafonable Af-
feftation of being witty. Virtue hung loofe on
him Woman's Faith attracting it Like a Fafr
cination ! All this is to me no better than Gib-
ber ilh. Auvctjwi? here (and in other places) fig- Luk.viii.^.
nifys a miraculous Power : and it might be bet- Aa's^'V 9 *
ter render'd fo in this place than by the ambi- Ch - * 3*
guous Term, [Virtue.] But as to Mr. W.'s



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