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PREFACE.

The design of this Publication, is to furnish heads of families, and the community at large, with a volume, containing, in a small compass, evidences of the Divinity of Christ, a refutation of Romanism, an explanation of the origin and nature of episcopacy, (as established by our blessed Saviour and his apostles, for the maintenance of the true faith and worship,) with a summary of the doctrines of the reformed church, shewn to be in perfect harmony with holy writ.

Upon subjects of such infinite consequence to the welfare of mankind, the author conceived it to be his duty to consult the most eminent and profound theologians. He has

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diligently perused the fathers of the first ages, and profited, not a little, by the valuable labours of many pious and learned prelates, particularly by those of Warburton, Hurd, and Horseley, and other celebrated divines, both living and dead. He makes this general acknowledgment, that the reader may consider this work, partly original, and partly compiled.

Whatever is written in support of the Establishment, dissenters are apt to look

upon, as an indirect attack upon them. To this it may be sufficient to reply, that it is incumbent upon every man, to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power; and that he who thinks he sees many around him, for whom he entertains the greatest regard, labouring under errors, must have a cold heart, or a most confined notion of benevolence, if he can re

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