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TE E here present the candid AVVA Reader with a new Edition VIVO of the Writings of that truly

and learned and useful Author Fobn Hutchinson, Efq; We doubt not but it would be agreeable to many of our Readers, were we to amuse them with a Detail of Particulars relating to his private Life, and trace it from the Cradle thro' the several Stages, till we came to the shining Part of it as an Author ; but, as we judge it not

of any great Importance, we have not made the proper Enquiries to enable us to do it. Mr Hutchinson has himfelf given us the great Out-lines of his Life, in his Treatise of Power Essential and Mechanical ; and, as to the inward Frame of his Mind, and Superiority of his Genius, the whole of his Writings, taken together, afford us the best Picture: To them we refer the Reader, as the best Accounts of him, and of the Manner in which he chose to spend his Time. He will there find, that the Book of Nature explained in the Book of God, or the Works of God, the Effects of the natural Agents on themselves, and on the several Parts of this Globe, above and below Ground, were his Instructors, and the attending their Lessons, his chief Employment. He looked for Learning where few or none have searched for it for many Years past. The dark

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Bowels of the Earth were his first School, and the inspired Light, which he took in his Hand, discovered the hidden Treasure; enabled him to trace the Footsteps of Divine Wrath in that stupendous Act of Power, the Diffolution of the Earth, and universal Deluge, which mighty Catastrophe, tho’ it was the extraordinary Work of God, was performed by the natural Agents, they being the Instruments in the Hand of God; and tho' they could never have overturned their own Empire, and destroyed this Globe, (for which they themselves, and all the Globes about us, were made) by those mechanical Powers they are invested with; yet he that gave them their Power, could and did make them exert it, in bringing out the Waters from the great Hollow within the Earth; to diffolve the Earth into a Colluvies, and reduce it to that Auid

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Condition it was created it; and when they had done so, their Situation (being Part within the Earth, and Part without it) enabled them to compress each Way, and fo drive together the earthy Parts of the Shell we tread on, and separate them from the Waters, and thereby make a Division, Divider, or Wall, as it is exprefsed, from Waters to Waters; and so the Waters, immediately under the Shell of the Earth, were above the Air, the Expander, which then filled the great Cavity of the Earth : The expansive Power within and without, or above and below, the Earth, still continuing to exert itself, would crack the Shell of the Earth in innumerable Places, and thereby let the Waters on it's Surface have free Passage down, and fo Air and Water were the Inftruments, by which the Diffolution and Reformation of the Earth were

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