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Entered according to the act of congress, in the year 1837, by W. W.
SLEIGH, in the clerk's office of the district court of the eastern district of Pennsylvania.
No. 1 Lodge Alley.
JAN 9 - 1931 Borlingto
THE Rev. DOCTORS BROWNLEE-WYLIE-ELY-BANGS,
TO THE REV. JOHN CHAMBERS, THE Rey. ARCHIBALD
MACLAY, AND THE Rev. CHARLES G. SOMERS,
AND TO THE AUTHOR's OTHER ZEALOUS FRIENDS IN THE UNITED
To whom could this little manual be inscribed with so much propriety, as to those, through whose Christian and noble protection, the Author was, when a stranger in this country, shielded from the malignant attacks of the enemies of the Living God.
Accept, gentlemen, this trifling mark of respect, and gratitude, from one, who sincerely wishes your every temporal and spiritual blessing, and has the honor to be,
Your grateful and faithful servt.
The Author has been induced to undertake this little manual, at the suggestion of several Clergymen and friends of the Bible, who have expressed their opinion, that “ AN ALPHABETICAL REFUTATION OF THE COMMON OBJECTIONS TO THE SACRED SCRIPTURES, WITHOUT EX. HIBITING THE OBJECTIONS THEMSELVES, is, in these days, a decided desideratum. How far he has succeeded, he does not pretend to say ; but it is (to his knowledge the first work of the kind that, as yet, has ever been published.
As there are but few (if any) new arguments against the Bible, so there can be but few, new refutations thereof; except those derived from the advanced state of natural philosophy, and of science in general.
That the Author has therefore, drawn largely from the works of others cannot but be expected : originality in arrangement, rather than in producing new matter, having been his principal object.
Finally, it will be perceived he has not introduced the evidences of the truth of the Divine origin of the Bible, (except in the most incidental manner) there being already numerous valuable treatises on that subject, amongst which, Paley's stands pre-eminently distinguished.