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ject, for fear that the simfiler sort should not fully understand him, he might exhect to be deemed a trifter by the more intelligent. “Our author had a rare talent to henetrate deep in search of truth ; to take an extensive survey of a subject, and look through it into remote consequences. Hence many theorems, that appeared hard and barren to others, were to him fleasant and fruitful fields, where his mind would exhatiate with feculiar ease, nrofit and entertainment. Those studies, which to some were too fatiguing to the mind, and wearing to the constitution, were to him but a natural filay of genius ; and which his mind, without labor, would freely and shontaneously fierform. A close and conclusive way of reasoning usion a controversial foint was easy and natural to him. “This may serve, it is conceived, to account for his usual manner of treating abstruse and controverted subjects, which some have thought has been too metafihysical. But the truth is, that his critical method of looking through the nature of his subject ; his accuracy and frecision in canvassing truth, comflaring ideas, drawing consequences, flointing out and exposing absurdities...naturally led him to reduce the evidence in favor of truth into the form of demonstration. Which doubtless, where it can be obtained, is the most eligiöte, and by far the most satisfying to great and noble minds. And though some readers may find the labor hard, to keef face with the writer, in the advances he makes, where the ascent is arduous ; yet in general all was easy to him : Such was his fleculiar love and discernment of truth, and natural proftensity to search after it. His own ideas were clear to him, where some readers have thought them obscure. Thus many things in the works of Mewton and Locke, which affear cither quite unintelligible, or very obscure to the illiterate, were clear and bright to those illustrious authors, and their learned readers, The subjects here handled are sublime and infortant. The cnd othich God had in view in creating the world, was doubtless worthy of him ; and consequently the most excellent and glorious fossible. This, therefore, must be worthy to be known by all the intelligent creation, as excellent in itself, and worthy of their fursuit. ..And as true virtue distinguishes the inhabitants of heaven and all the hafifty candidates for that world of glory, from all others...there cannot surely be a more interesting subject. The notions which some men entertain concerning God’s end in creating the world, and concerning true virtue, in our late author's oftinion, have a natural tendency to corrupt Christianity, and to destroy the gosfiel of our divine Redeemer. It was therejore, no doubt, in the exercise of a fidus concern for the honor and glory of God, and a tender resfiert to the best interests of his fellow men, that this devout and learned writer undertook the Jollowing work. “May the father of lights smile unon the flious and benevolent aims and labors of his servant, and crown them with his blessing / EDITQR, July 12, 1765.”



When the page is referred to in this manner, p. 42, p. 50, without mentioning the book, thereby is to be understood such a page in Dr Taylor's scripture Doctrine of original sin. s intends the supplement when the word, Key, is used to signify the book referred to, thereby is to be understood Dr Taylor's Kev to the Apostolic Writings. This mark [S] with figures or a number annexed, signifies such a section or paragraph in his Key. When after mentioning Preface to Par. on Epist, to Romans, there is subjoined p. 145, 47, or the like, thereby is intended Page and Paragraph page 145, Paragraph 47. The references suit the London cditions of Dr. Taylor's books, printed about the year 1769,





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