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In this wish and this language, my Lord, I do not merely express my own humble and valueless testimony, but record, feebly and inadequately, the public sentiment. Piety and virtue, in high station, cannot long remain unknown. There are yet truth and justice enough in the world, to acknowledge and record them; and, if there be any to impute what I have here said to the usual servility of dedication, a servility for which I know Your Grace would despise me, and for which, as certainly, I should despise myself, I appeal with confidence to that truth and that justice, and calmly and fearlessly shelter myself under the authority of their known and reiterated testimony.
Under these impressions, my Lord, I presume to tender the following Work to Your Grace; and to avail myself of the opportunity which is thus afforded me, of testifying the respectful deference with which
I have the honour to be,
Obliged and most obedient Servant,
Sceptics- The plan of the Work-Systems, theories, and contro-
versy rejected— Conclusion
Sect. I. The Providence of the religion of Greece and Italy - Con.
tradictory powers of Fate and Fortune- Proportional impotence of
Sect. 1. Spirit of Greek and Roman devotion-Minute, impure, and
sanguinary observances — Magic - Pvocation -- External forms
Admirable directions for prayer — The piety promotive of the
Sect. 1. The religion of Greece not favourable to piety and virtue-
The vices of the gods promotive of the vices of the people — Privi-
Sect. 1. The manners permitted or sanctioned by the mythology of
Greece and Rome --Homer's goddesses—The condition of the