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TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND SHUTE BARRINGTON, LL.D.
LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM.
The following Work was undertaken: at your Lordship's recommendation; and, amongst other motives, for the purpose of making the mofl accepta. ble return I could make for a great and important benefit conferred upon me.
It may be unnecessary, yet not, perhaps, quite impertinent, to state to your Lordship and to the reader, the several inducements that have led me once more to the press. The favor of my first and ever honored patron had put me in pole son of Yo liberal a provifon in the church, as abundantly to satisfy my wants, and much to exceed my pretensions. Your Lordship's munificence, in conjunction with that of some other excellent Pre. lates, who regarded my services with the partiality with which your Lordship was pleased to confider them, hath fince placed noc, in ecclefiaftical fitástions, more than adequate to every object of reasonable ambition. In the mean time, a weak, 'und, of late, a painful state of health, deprived me of tho pouzer o discharging the duties of my station, in a manner at all suriable, either to my sense of those duties, or to my mof anxivus wishes concerning them. My inability for the public functions of my profeffion, amongst other consequences, left me much at leisure. That lesure was not to be loft. It was only in my Audy that I could repair my deficiencies in the