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- to te most Reverend Father in GOD, T H O M A. S. Lord AR CH-B Is Hop of Canterbury, &c.

May it please Tour Grace,
TO, accept favourably
this Paraphrase upon

St. AMatthem, as an humble

Expression of that Duty and Honour, which I, with all good Men, owe to your

race, whom the especial Providence of Go D has placed in the highest Station of our Church; where

by your mise Government and

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pious Example you support and encourage true Religion and 'Virtue, which seem to be in great Danger not only from the bold Pretenders to Atheism and Deism, but even from the many Controverfies about smaller Matters, raised and uncharitably managed -among Christians, while little regard is had to the great Duties and most essential Parts of Religion. . . . . ... The Care, Sincerity, and Impartiality with respect to any. Theological Controversies, wherewith I have endeavoured to explain in general the Doctrine *

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Epistle Dedicatory. History of our Saviour, may, I hope, procure me Pardon for the involuntary Errors and Failings' in this Performance. Foras I cannot without great Presumption, suppose it free from Mistakes; so I trust I have nowhere offered any interpretation repugnant to the fundamental Articles of our Religion, or the necessary Rules of Holy Life. And that I might not be deceived in matters of so great importance, I have fas I thought my self obliged to do) submitted these Papers, before they were made pub– lick, to the view and cen– A 3 sure

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sure of some of my Superiors, on whose Judgment I thought I might safely rely.

Now that God may long preserve your Grace, for the Good and Honour of this Church, is the constant Prayer of,

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