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so deserving of Your Majesty's attention, as this Collection of other men’s labours undoubtedly is. Our Infancy is indebted to that Sex of which Your Majesty is the highest Ornament, for the first principles of Religious Education, and as one of the main objects of Vol. I,
this publication is the preserving Youth from Infidelity—I cannot do the Public a greater service than by requesting Your Majesty to give it your protection.
The interests of civil Society require that we should pay deference to persons of Rank, even though they happen not to be persons of Merit. But this is a limited and constrained deference; it is paid with reluctance ; and is both in kind and extent wholly unlike that which all good Citizens are ambitious of shewing to Your Majesty. My character has hitherto, I trust, never been esteemed that of a Flatterer ; nor do I fear the imputation of it, in faying, That to Your Majesty's Rank alone I would not have given even this mark, worthless as it may seem, of
Veneration and Respect.
I verily believe Your Majesty to be one of the best Wives, and one of the best Mothers, in England. The Time is approaching,-distant may
it be! when the recollection of the example which You have shewn to Women of every Rank, in these great points of female Duty (the greatest on which Women of the highest Rank ought to build their worth of character), will give Your Majesty far more comfort than I can possibly defcribe; but not more than 1, in conjunction with
Thousands in every part of the Kingdom, heartily wish and pray Your Majesty may at all times, and especially at that time, enjoy.
A Scheme of Scripture-Divinity, formed upon the Plan
of the Divine Dispensations. With a Vindication of the Sacred Writings. By J. TAYLOR, D.D. Lond. 1762.
This Book deserves to be generally known ; it has been for some Years out of Print, and much sought after by the Clergy: I thought I Ihould do them an acceptable Service in making it a part of this Collection,
Reflexions upon the Books of the Holy Scripture, to establisho
the Truth of the Christian Religion. In two Volumes. Lond. 1688. By P. Allix.
These two Volumes were published in French, the Firt in London, and the Second at Amsterdam, much about the fame Time that they made their Appearance in Englifh. They were spoken of with Respect in the Asta Eruditorum for 1688; were translated into German at Nurmberg in 1702 : and have been always held in great Repute for the Plainness and Erudition with which they are written. The Author was a French Refugee of diftinguished Learning and Integrity; the Reader will meet with a good Account of his Life
and Writings in the BiograPhia Britannica,
P R E F A
N publishing this Collection of Theological Tracts I have had
no other end in view, but to afford young persons of every denomination, and especially to afford the Students in the Universities, and the younger Clergy, an easy opportunity of becoming better acquainted with the grounds and principles of the Christian Religion than, there is reason to apprehend, many of them at present are. My first intention was to have admitted into the Collection, such small tracts only in Latin or English, on Theological Subjects, as had sunk into unmerited oblivion; but, on maturer reflexion, I thought it better to consult the general utility of the younger and less informed Clergy, than to aim at gratifying the curiosity, or improving the understanding, of those who were more advanced in years and knowledge. Instead therefore of confining myself to single tracts, I have not scrupled to publish fome entire books; but they are books of such acknowledged worth, that no Clergyman ought to be unacquainted with their contents; and by making them a part of this Collection, they may chance to engage the attention of many who would otherwise have overlooked them. It would have been an easy matter to have laid down anexten five plan of study for young Divines, and to have made a great shew of learning by introducing into it a Systematic Arrangement of Historians, Critics, and Commentators, who, in different ages and in different languages, have employed their talents on Theological Subjects. But there is a falhion in study as in other pursuits; and the taste of the present age is not calculated for the making great exertions in Theological Criticism and Philology. I do not consider the Tracts which are here published as sufficient to make what is called a deep Divine, but they will go a great way towards making, what is of more worth-awell-informed Christian. In Divinity, perhaps, more than