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BỆNTLEY, B. Lettures.
T may be proper previously to acquaint the Reader, that whereas this Book bear
ing a Title similar to one of high eftimation published on the same subject some years past, raises a suspicion that the matter of it may be borrowed thence ; they who will read both, can see little foundation for such an opinion. Analogy is copious, and may afford matter for more Books than one.
Inasmuch as the three Parts formerly published are entirely preserved in this Book, the short address also prefixt to them shall not be omitted.
The ADDRESS-prefixt to the three PARTS
formerly published, viz. Parts 2. 4. 5.
H E following Discourses upon Analogy, being part of the labours
of one, who wishes well to Christianity, that is, to Mankind, wbo, be hopes, will all, some time profess it in purity; be takes this method of laying some of those important Truths before you, in the belief and practice of which he himself bopes for eternal life, and beartily wishes you the same reward, by the same means. Let not the form in wbich they appear disgust you, upon account of the commonnefs of it. Had they been intended for this public use at first, they should bave had another dress: But the materials which bave been once thrown into the form of an edifice, cannot eafily be taken down, and be again compiled in a new difpofition, without much trouble, and not perbaps without some detriment. The Author kas only one request to make, that you will patiently read; and if the Grace of God goes along with your Studies, and bis labours; bis intention in the publication is answered, as to this world; and he hopes ta share with you in the eternal reward, which is to be enjoyed in anotber.
Thus much the Author thought proper to write at that time, but having since added a considerable number of Analogies, it seems prudent to offer something to the reader concerning the present enlarged volume.
Popular fame concerning authors and books, which often anticipates the publication, rạised by the art of editors, and the assiduity of their friends, is never raised in favour of performances concerning the purity and sabstance of Christianity. But the contrary of this, which is lamentable, sometimes prevails, and a sort of distaste precedes publication, or very soon follows it.' And which is still more lamentable, they who enjoy the temporal emoluments of christianity in great opulence, sometimes con tribute to it; The Author of this book is verylittle concerned about the share of dif
him in this respect, having always acted, and intending ever to do fo, upon a nobler principle, than that paltry one of popular fame. But he is really concerned for any disgrace that may affect his book. Because being perswaded of the truth of the subject matter himself, he heartily wishes, it may have proper influence upon others.