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the types.- And this, it is hoped, will be deemed a sufficient reason, for the Quarto Edition having a blank margin apparently so unnecessarily broad.

For the same purpose, also, of justice to the poffeffors of the former Edition ; in the General Index that is here added, (and which is common to both Editions,) there is a double reference of each article, in two columns;—the one, to the pages and volumes of the Ostavo Edition, and the other, to the pages of the Quarto ;-and the references to this Supplementary Volume, are marked by an (S.) prefixed; as referring equally both to the Octavo, and to the Quarto, Edition; and to avoid any confusion that might arise from its being the second Volume of the latter, and the third of the formcr.

EDWARD KING. Mansfield-sireet,

April 21,

1800.

P R E F A C E.

This additional Volume is now submitted to the public eye, both for the sake of explaining still more fully, and more clearly, what has been said in the former Disquisitions ;-and also for the sake of adding some further Difsertations; upon subjects that have appeared, to the convictions of the Author's mind, to be of the utmost importance ;-and, therefore, may perhaps be found to be interesting to others.

Subjects, the investigation of which may perhaps justly be deemed peculiarly useful, at this period of time; when surely every obtruding stumbling-block,and means of offence, should if possible be removed out of the way of those who have the least disposition to hearken to that voice of Truth, which it is

now the unwearied endeavour of 'so many adversaries to destroy.

In these additional Dissertations, therefore, amongst other Observations, it has been ventured to be shewn, that some of the greatest fancied Objections, to The Mofaical History, have arisen merely from the having so long adopted, implicitly, a very few mistaken leading ideas, concerning the creation of Adam, and the first origin of mankind.—Ideas that have been adopted, merely in consequence of misapprehension, and mistranslation of the Sa. cred Records :--and which are so far from being warranted by the inspired words of Moses; that even a very different information is given us by those very words themselves. Whilst, also, in subsequent parts of the Sacred Records, such ideas are even flatly contradicted, by what is therein delivered down to us.

The Division of Time, by The Week, of seven days;—and the Institution of The SABBATH; the veneration for which Sacred Day of Reft has been so sadly undermined, and of late so grossly taken away, amongst a deluded people; -is, in these Dissertations, remarked to have even a sacred connection with the whole established order of Creation. And the Septenary

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Observances of the Divine Law, founded upon the Institution of THE SABBATH, are remarked as being of such high confideration; that pursuing the idea of such distinctions of periods of years, and of high festival seasons, there comes out a Chronological Period, not only answering all astronomical purposes as exactly as the Gregorian Period; and still more nearly ;—but such as will adjust even the minutes, and seconds, of the Earth's annual, and diurnal, Revolutions for ever ;-and will cause the same day of the month, to fall constantly on the same day of the week for ever:-whilst yet each year will have a distingui/bing character, (by means of the irregularity of the Moon's motion,) from any other; --for a duration, as far as appears from any calculations we can form, without end.

In these Dissertations, allo; (whereas the subtle argument of Mr. Hume, against the veracity of Holy Scripture, is founded upon a bold presumption, that all Miracles are totally contrary to experience ;) it is endeavoured to be shewn, that many of the most important Miracles related, appear on the contrary, in reality, to have been wrought in perfect conformity with such operations of

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those ordained powers of Nature, as we have philosophically, and experimentally, undoubted experience of:—and were fo wrought, that, even by the very words of the Sacred Writers, we are led to consider, and apprehend, the very

immediate instruments, that, on the occasion, obeyed the Divine Command.

Further ;-whereas, in the preceding Volume, some pains has been taken to thew the perfect agreement of Chronological Facts, (in the History of that interesting part of the world, where the external profession of the Chrisian Faith has most existed,) with the Divine PROPHECIES concerning the characters of the succesive times; and with the leading events that were to take place, between the first coming of THE MESSIAH on Earth, in HIS state of humiliation, to suffer ; and HIS fecond coming in the clouds of Heaven in Glory; -and whereas, in the preceding Volume, fome few mistakes of Commentators, in earlier days, before the events spoke so loudly for themselves, have been endeavoured to be pointed out ;-in these present Dissertations, the subje& is still further pursued;-(but without repeating any thing that has been written or published, in the Remarks on the Signs of

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