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M OS ES
IN NINE BOOK S.
WILL I AM, Lord Bishop of GLOUCESTER.
ΑΠΟΚΑΛΥΨΟΝ ΤΟΥΣ ΟΦΘΑΛΜΟΥΣ ΜΟΥ
in the Strand, .MDCCLXV.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
P H I L I. P. · EARL of HARDWICKE, :LORD HIGH CHANCELLOR
LGRÉ AT BRITAIN.
My LORD, VOUR Lordship having so far ap
1 proved of the good intentions of my endeavours for above twenty years
past, past, in the cause of Religion, as to confer upon me a distinguishing mark of your favour, I am proud to lay hold of the first public opportunity which I have had, of defiring leave to make my most grateful acknowledgments.
I take the liberty to inscribe to your Lordship a new Edition of a Work tending to shew and illustrate; by a new Argument, the Divine Legation of Moses; which in our own, as well as former times, the most celebrated Champions of Infidelity have cunningly, for their own purposes, laboured with all their might, to overthrow.
If I have succeeded, or as far as I have succeeded, or may hereafter succeed, in the further prosecution of this attempt, I shall strengthen one foundation of Christianity.
As an Author, I am not sollicitous for the reputation of any literary per
formance. A work given to the World, every reader has a right to censure. If it has merit, it will go down to pofterity: If it has none, the sooner it dies and is forgot the better.
But I am extremely anxious that no good man should mistake the view with which I write; and therefore cannot help feeling, perhaps too sensibly, when it is misrepresented.
So far as any censure can shew that my poor labours are not calculated to promote Letters or Learning, to advance Truth, or, above all, to serve the Cause of Religion, which I profess as a Christian and a Member of the Church of England, I own, I have missed my end; and will be the first to join with the censure which condemns them.
In the mean time, the first Book of this Work, such as it is, is here humbly commended to your Lordship’s pro