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O N T H E
THEORT of RELIGION:
IN THREE PARTS.
II. The Scheme of Divine Providence with regard to
The Third Edition, corrected and enlarged.
And Master of St. Peter's College in Cambridge.
Printed by J.BENTHAM, Printer to the UNIVERSITY,
For W. THURLBOURN in Cambridge, and C.DAVIS over-against
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J. Hiidyard at York, and MBursos at Newcastle.
LORD BISHOP OF
confidence rely upon your usual Candour for indulging me in such a piece os vanity, when at the same time that I am gratifying it by this Address, I do the most essential service to the Subject of these Papers which accompany it. For though I cannot presume so much upon the relation above-intimated, as to expect your Lordship's full concurrence with me in every particular Sentiment j— your Lordship knows right well, ^iow very far I was from aiming to make such an use of it in Education; how cautious to guard those that were placed under my care against implicit prejudice of every kind: — yet it is natural enough to imagine, that from so advantageous a Post which gave opportunity of forming the most favourable Impressions, and which both Duty and Inclination had determined me by no means to neglect : —- from a free friendly intercourse which ever pasted betwixt us, and which invited and encouraged me to withhold nothing from you that I judged in any respect worthy of your regard; — hence it is easy to suppose, that a similar way of thinking might in general be produced: and if this has been the cafe in any considerable degree; if it should engage your Lordship publickly to countenance the following Discourses, which have received so much improvement from your Lordship's hand in private, this will give new Life to them, and fresh cause of rejoicing to their Author.
Your Lordship will excuse me, is I am tempted to dwell a little longer on the present Subject, than may prove agreeable to your Lordship's inclination: a Subject, which I have often dwelt upon with pleasure; and which must always be attended with a secret satisfaction, since it leads to a Period wherein so many favourite Scenes present themselves to view: when I reflect upon those many amiable Qualities, which then began to appear, and which have since exerted themselves so happily in higher stations; and when I am able to flatter myself with having in some measure contributed to the unfolding and directing some of them.—That clear discernment, and true judgment of things; that open, honest ingenuity of A 3 mind;