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CONSIDERED WITH REFERENCE TO
Et hæc Deo, de quo utique ex phænominis disser
Newton, Conclusion of the Principles
RIGHT HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND
LORD BISHOP OF LONDON.
I owe it to you that I was se.ected for the task attempted in the following pages, a distinction which I feel to be honourable; and on this account alone I should have a peculiar pleasure in dedicating the work to your lordship. I do so with additional gratification on another 'account: the Treatise has been written within the walls of the College of which your lordship was formerly a resident member, and its merits, if it have any, are mainly due to the spirit and habits of the place. The society is always pleased and proud to recollect that a person of the eminent talents and high character of your lordship is one of its members; and I am persuaded that any effort in the cause of letters and religion coming from that quarter, will have for you an interest beyond what it would otherwise possess.
The subject proposed to me was limited: my prescribed object is to lead the friends of religion to look with confidence and pleasure on the progress