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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
By some, the author fears, the Title of this work may be deemed presumptuous, and may possibly be censured, as holding out promises of more than it performs, and so of exciting expectations which it does not fulfil. He wishes it to be regarded as strictly and exclusively elementary,-having for its design to investigate and ascertain principles, not at all to unfold the details of duty, or furnish a practical commentary on the commandments. Had not the Title, indeed, been formally announced in the opening of the first Lecture, he would now have been disposed to modify it to-Elements of Moral Philosophy, on the Principles of Divine Revelation. In forming an estimate, therefore, of his labours, the critic, he trusts, will bear in mind the avowed extent of their aim, and will not condemn, as a defect, the want of that which they were never intended to supply. He will himself be satisfied, if by those intelligent