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TO THE

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Y Hiftorical Preface, especially, as now

Μ' including both the University's and

Convocation's Proceedings, is fo full and particular, that it prevents the Neceffity of any other long Preliminary Difcourfe in this place. I fhall therefore be as brief as poffible; and rather call this an Advertisement, than a Preface to the Reader; Who is here to observe, that I have been oblig'd to make fome Alterations in this Design fince it was firft propos'd; tho' not at all to his disadvantage, either as Purchafer or Reader. Thus I have not publifh'd the Arabick Didafcaly as I formerly intended,fince it proves to be not the Genuine Doctrine of the Apostles, as I once hoped, but a partial and fpurious Edition of the abordaania, or former Six Books of the Conftitutions,and to be generally taken from them verbatim; fo that there was no neceffity of repeating it. Yet is its Preface, which feems plainly to belong to the Original Doctrine of the Apostles, exactly here fet down; and the Contents of its feveral Chapters alfo. And for a compenfation I have added the Accounts of the University's and Convocation's Proceedings relating to me; as alfo the Apologetick of Eunomius, together with the common Edition of the Seond

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to be, by Dr. Grabe's Account of it. "Tis alfo to be obferved, that I have directed the placing of that larger Additional Piece, of Apocryphat Efdras, at the end of the Smaller Fourth, and not of the Larger Firft Volume, for greater Conveniency both of the Binder and Reader. Tis farther to be noted, as to Ignatius's Larger Epiftles, that I have almost always printed by A. B. Ufher's moft accurate Edition; and that in the Various Readings at the bottom of each Page, A. fignifies the Auguftan or Augsburgh Copy B. the Leicestershire Copy, now in the Bodleian Library N. that of Gafper Nidpruck and T. that of Thuanus, which are all the Greek MSS. which we have of thofe Larger Epiftles. The Greek of the maller is according to the laft Oxford Edition, which was made from Profeffor Salvinus's exact Tranfcript out of the Medicean, or only Greek Copy of them; and fo can have no various Readings at all. Finclude Ruinart's Copy of the Epiftle to the Romans under this Head; tho' it be wanting in the Medicean MS. the Larger Epiftles is my own but as carefully revis'd by fome Learned Friends, especially by one excellently d. blarke Learned Friends, blarke. skilfd in fuch matters The English of the See W's Wir. Smaller is that of the Right Reverend and LearAnemois, f. 16. ned, the Lord Bishop of Lincoln, in his Second and more accurate Edition of the Apoftolical Fathers. The Greek of the Conftitutions themfelves is according to the Original Venice Edition 4.1. 156. whence all the other are deriv'd, and which was chiefly made from a very good Copy From Crete, and allo in part from two interpo

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lated ones from Calabria and Sicily. And the various Readings at the bottom of the Pages are taken either from the Margin of that Edition, noted al. for aliter; or from the Two Vienna MSS. now first collated by the Reverend Mr. Anderfon, lately Chaplain to our Ambaffador there, noted . for the later, but more correct; and V. for the Older, but more interpolated Copy. I have omitted thofe other various Readings which may be fetch'd from ancient Citations, and fpurious Editions or Extracts, fince they are more proper for a diftinct work, and, excepting a few Cafes, will not, I believe, very often afford us the truer Reading. In this Volume I have printed even all the interpolated Texts, even where I knew them to be fuch, but in double Brackets thus [[]] to gratify the Learned: but I have not in that cafe added a Tranflation,that I might not puzzle the English Reader; for whofe fake only the Verfion is made. Yet where I was at all doubtful, I put the Greek into fingle Brackets thus, and have translated it, and left it to every one's own confideration. In one place.. indeed I have added a Paffage, which is not int any of our modern Copies, I mean the Genu ine Rule for Eafter, but with Comma's for diftinction; and from the undoubted Authority of Epiphanius, in the Fourth Century. And in the Eight Book, I have put the Spurious x of feve ral Doxologies into the Margin, and infert a fmall into the Text, for Genuine as Dr, Grabe has done in the like Cafes of his Septua gint alfo. I have all along preferv'd' the smal ler Divifion of Chapters in Le Clercs Cotelerian Edition, but have my felf parted the whole into Seventy great Sections, which appears tohave been the original number, thereto belonging. As to the Pages, I have broken through A. 4 Cuftom

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Guftom for Convenience,and omitting the nu bers of Leaves, or of Sides, have only fet down the Pages of the laft mention'd Edition in the Margin, that all Quotations may equally fit them both, without any confufion. I have only fet down the Contents at once by themselves, and have not prefix'd them to their respective Chapters, as was partly done in the Venice Edition alfo; fince thofe Contents and that division into Chapters, are both of late date, and of very little confequence. I have moreover divided the laft Chapter, or Apoftolical Canons, inco 85 as they were in old time, and as they still are in many Copies, particularly that Ancient one in Joannes Antiochenus of the Sixth Century; nay I once thoughtto have fet down the 85th Canon exactly from his Copy, as beft agreeing with the Original Quotations and Teftimonies, but have not taken that liberty. The English of thefe Conftitutions is my own, but as almost entirely revised by the fame accurate Hand that revifed Ignatius; and fome of the more difficult places by Smalvi, another very Learned and Judicious Perfon, Nor Les did I often truft wholly to my felfinmy Tranfla flaketion of the Original Teftimonies in the Fourth pi16. Volume, but had them generally revis'd by the Hand twice intimated already: So that I hope all the Verfions are tolerably exact, excepting that of Eunomius; fo far I mean as has not been already publifh'd; for otherwife even this Tranflation has been revifed as far as Bafil, or Dr. Cave could affift us, after the MS. it felf was taken away. When the Oxford, Greek, and Latin, Edition is publifh'd, it will be eafy to correct any mistakes therein. I would alfo, I confefs, willingly have given the unlearned Reader a Tranflation of the Greek and Latin Paffages both in the Differtation on Ignatius

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