صور الصفحة
PDF
النشر الإلكتروني
[merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors]

original

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

a

this publication is-the preferving 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 perfons of Rank, even though they happen not to be perfons 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 fhewing to Your Majefty. My character has hitherto, I truft, 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 feem, of my Veneration and Respect.

I verily believe Your Majefty 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 fhewn 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 Majefty far more comfort than I can poffibly defcribe; but not more than I, in conjunction with

Thousands

Thousands in every part of the Kingdom, heartily wish and pray Your Majefty may at all times, and especially at that time, enjoy.

I am,

MADAM,

With the greatest and moft fincere Respect,

Your MAJESTY's

Moft obedient Servant,

RICHARD LANDAFF.

2 2

CONTENT S

OF THЕ

FIRST VOLUME.

A Scheme of Scripture-Divinity, formed upon the Plan
of the Divine Difpenfations. With a Vindication
of the Sacred Writings. By J. TAYLOR, D. D. Lond.
1762.
lhi weck

fiv

1.23 391

P. 4.

This Book deferves to be generally known; it has been for fome Years out of Print, and much fought after by the Clergy: I thought I fhould do them an acceptable Service in making it a part of this Collection.

Reflexions upon the Books of the Holy Scripture, to establish the Truth of the Chriftian Religion. In two Volumes. Lond. 1688. By P. ALLIX.

p. 220.

These two Volumes were published in French, the Firft in London, and the Second at Amfterdam, much about the fame Time that they made their Appearance in English. They were spoken of with Refpect in the Acta Eruditorum for 1688; were tranflated into German at Nuremberg in 1702: and have been always held in great Repute for the Plainnefs 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 Biogra phia Britannica.

[ocr errors]

PREFACE.

N publishing this Collection of Theological Tracts I have had no other end in view, but to afford young perfons of every denomination, and especially to afford the Students in the Universities, and the younger Clergy, an eafy opportunity of becoming better acquainted with the grounds and principles of the Chriftian Religion than, there is reafon to apprehend, many of them at prefent are. My first intention was to have admitted into the Collection, fuch small tracts only in Latin or English, on Theological Subjects, as had funk into unmerited oblivion; but, on maturer reflexion, I thought it better to confult the general utility of the younger and lefs informed Clergy, than to aim at gratifying the curiofity, or improving the understanding, of those who were more advanced in years and knowledge. Inftead therefore of confining myself to fingle tracts, I have not fcrupled to publifh fome entire books; but they are books of fuch 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 otherwife have overlooked them. It would have been an eafy matter to have laid down anexten five plan of ftudy for young Divines, and to have made a great fhew of learning by introducing into it a Syftematic Arrangement of Hiftorians, Critics, and Commentators, who, in different ages and in different languages, have employed their talents on Theological Subjects. But there is a fashion in study as in other purfuits; and the taste of the present age is not calculated for the making great exertions in Theological Criticifm and Philology. I do not confider the Tracts which are here published as fufficient to make what is called a deepDivine, but they will go a great way towards making, what is of more worth a well-informed Chriftian. InDivinity, perhaps, more than

« السابقةمتابعة »