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THE

· DOCTRINE

OF

THE DELU GE;

VINDICATING

THE SCRIPTURAL ACCOUNT

FROM

THE DOUBTS WHICH HAVE RECENTLY BEEN CAST UPON IT BY

GEOLOGICAL SPECULATIONS.

BY

THE REV. L. VERNON HARCOURT.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR
LONGMAN, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

38.720.

LONDON: Printed by A. SPOTTISWOODE,

New-Street-Square.

TO

HIS GRACE

THE ARCHBISHOP OF YORK,

TO WHOM, UNDER GOD,

THE AUTHOR IS INDEBTED FOR ALL THAT HE IS,

AND ALL THAT HE KNOWS,

THE FOLLOWING ATTEMPT TO VINDICATE AND EXPLAIN

THE DOCTRINE OF THE DELUGE,

IS DEDICATED,

IN TESTIMONY OF GRATITUDE AND FILIAL LOVE,

BY

HIS AFFECTIONATE SON,

L. VERNON HARCOURT.

PRE FACE.

WHATEVER may be the merit of originality, in pursuing the traditional memorials of the Ark through the mazes of pagan mythology, it is none of mine. The honour of those discoveries belongs in the first instance to Jacob Bryant, and next to my excellent and much valued friend Mr. Faber, the master of Sherburn Hospital. They were the pioneers, whose track I have endeavoured to enlarge and illustrate, in the hope that it may become more familiar to those who are not aware what a mass of evidence is to be collected from the most unsuspected sources in corroboration of the Mosaic History of the Deluge. The strength of that evidence is too great to be shaken by the difficulty of reconciling the fact with the present appearance of the earth. If there are any who by dwelling too much on that difficulty have been led to conclusions unfavourable to the scriptural account, it is to be hoped that by weighing in the contrary scale the preponderance of testimony that supports

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