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By Robert JENKIN, D. D. Lady
Margaret's Professor of Divinity, and
The Fourth EDITION, Corrected, and very
Grays-Inn-Gate in Holborn. 1715.
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Ο Ή Ν, EARL of EX ET E R.
May it please Your LORDSHIP,
HE general Decay and Contempt of the Christian Religion amongst us, has made me think, that I could not bet
ter employ the Leisure, which, boy Your Lordship’s Favour, I enjoy, than in using my best Endeavours to sew the Excellency and the Certainty of it.' And what I have done; is here humbly presented to Your Lordship, as of Right, and upon many Accounts, it ought to be.
The Honour and the Satisfaction which I have often had to hear Your Lordship Speak in the behalf of Religion and Vertue, encourage me to bope, that a Performance, though but such as this, upon that Subject, may obtain Your Acceptance.
And the Name only of a Person of Your Lordship's Honour, and Learning, and Knowledge of the World, may perhaps be of more advantage to the Cause I undertake, than any thing I have been able to write.
Religion may seem, by Descent, and as it were, by Inheritance, to belong to Your Lordship's Care: The Wisdom and Piety of Your Great Ancestor, appear to distant Ages in the Reformation, which, through the Bleffing of God, was in fo great a meafure, by. His means, establisd in this Kingdom. And I have with joy often thought, that I could observe the Spirit
and Genius of my Lord Treasurer BURGHLEY now exerting it self more than ever in Your Noble Family. From whence, methinks, we may presage Happiness to the Nation, and may yet expect to see a true sense of
Religion revive, and may hope, that even in our days, Christianity, among Englifhmen, mall be more than a Name, which is every where spoken against
. An eminent Vertue is a Publick Good: There is a powerful and commanding Force in Great Examples, to countenance Vertue and discourage Vice and Profaneness ; to make Irreligion appear, as it is, base and contemptible in the World; to degrade it, and thrust it down among the lower and untaught part of Mankind. Much is not to be expected from the Schools and from the Gown, under such Contempt and Dif couragement. But the Great and the Honourable have it in their power to do great things; things worthy of Themselves, and for the advancement of God's Glory. Pere Sons of High Birth, and both by Nature and Education fitted for the Highest Undertakings, whose Vertues fall flourish with their Years, and add New Lustre to their Hereditary Honours, may yet regain a due esteem to Religion, and adorn the Gospel of Christ. This is a proper Object