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Christian Religion.

Chaplain to the Right Honourable the EARI
of E XET ER, and late Fellow of St. John's
College in Cambridge.


Printed for Peter Buck, at the sign of the Texmples
near the Inner-Temple-Gate, in Fleet-Street,


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The Right Honourable,




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May it Please Your LORDSHIP,
HE general Decay and Con-

tempt of the Christian Religion

amongst us, has made me think, that I could pot better employ the Leifure, which, by Your Lordfibip's farpur, ? enjoy, than in uting my best Endeavours to shed the Excellency and the Certainty of it. And wbat I have done, is here humbly presented to your Lordship,

of Right, and upon many Accounts, it

oright to be.

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The Honour and the Satisfaction which I have often bad to hear Your Lordship Speakin the behalf of Religion and Vertue, encourage me to hope, that a Performance, though but such as this, i upon that Subject, may obtain your acceptance. And the Name only of a person of your LordSip'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 Religion may seem, by Descent, and as it were, by Inheritance, to belong to Your Lordfeip á Cáre: The Wisdom and Piety of Your Great -Ancestor appear to diftant Ages in the Reformation, which, through ibe Bleffing of God, imas great a measure, ky His means, Chablish'd in this. Kingdom. And I have witb, joy often thought, that I could observe the Spirit and Genius of my Lord Treaa furer Burg HL'E Y now exerting itself morethan ever in your Noble Family

. From whence, wethinks, we may presage Hap

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piness to the Nation, and may getexpect to fee a true fenfe of Religion revive, and may hope that even in our days; Christienity, amongst English men, foall

. be more than a Nament which is every where spoken againstead by such

An eminent Kertue is a Publick Goods There is a powerful and commanding Force in Great Examplesite.conntenance Kertue, and discourage Kide and Prot faneness to make Irreligian sappear, de it is, bafe and contemptible in the World's to dégrade it, and thrust it down among the lower and untangha part of Mankindo Much is not to be expected from the Schools and from the Gown, under fuch. Contempt and Discouragevient. But the Great and the Honourable have it in their power to do great things'a things warnby's of Themselves, and for the advancement of God's Glory. Perfons of High Birth, and both by Nature and

Education fitted forthe Highest Undertakings, whose Vera tnes Mall flowerise with their Iears, and add New Luftre to their Hereditary Hers li


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