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THE HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND
SHUTE BARRINGTON, LL.D.
LORD BISHOP OF DURHAM.
THE following Work was undertaken at your lordship’s recommendation; o: amongst other motives, for the purpose *aking the most acceptable return I could joke for a great and important benefit conTed upon me. It may be unnecessary, yet not, perhaps, o* impertinent, to state to your lordship th to the reader, the several inducements it have led me once more to the press. The o: of my first and ever honoured patron wi. But me in possession of so liberal a pro**on in the church, as abundantly to satisfy si3. Yvants, and much to exceed my preten*s. Your lordship's munificence, in con
junction with that of some other excellent prelates, who regarded my services with the partiality with which your lordship was pleased to consider them, hath since placed me in ecclesiastical situations, more than adequate to every object of reasonable ambition. In the meantime, a weak, and, of late, a painful state of health, deprived me of the power of discharging the duties of my station, in a manner at all suitable, either to my sense of those duties, or to my most anxious wishes concerning them. My inability for the public functions of my profession, amongst other consequences, left me much at leisure. That leisure was not to be lost. It was only in my study that I could repair the deficiencies in the church. It was only through the press that I could speak. These circumstances, in particular, entitled your lordship to call upon me for the only species of exertion of which I was capable and disposed me without hesitation to obey the call in the best manner that I could. In the choice of a subject I had no place left for doubt: in saying which, I do not so much refer, either to the supreme importance of the subject, or to any scepticism concerning it with which the present times are charged, as I do, to its connexion with the subjects treated of in my former publications. The following discussion alone was wanted to make up my works into a system: in which works, such as they are, the public have now before them, the evidences of natural religion, and an account of the duties that result from both. It is of small importance, that they have been written in an order, the very reverse of that in which they ought to be read. I commend therefore the present volume to your lordship’s protection, not only as, in all probability, my last labour, but as the completion of a consistent and comprehensive design. Hitherto, my lord, I have been speaking of myself and not of my Patron. Your lordship wants not the testimony of a dedication; nor any testimony from me: I consult therefore the impulse of my own mind alone when I de-. clare, that in no respect has my intercourse with yourlordship been moregratifying to me, than in the opportunities, which it has afforded me, of observing your earnest, active, and unwearied solicitude, for the advancement of substantial Christianity; a solicitude, nevertheless, accompanied with that candour of mind, which suffers no subordinate differences of opinion, when there is a coincidence in the main intention and object, to produce any alienation of esteem, or diminution of favour. It is fortunate for a country, and honourable to its government, when qualities and dispositions like these are placed in high and influencing stations. Such is the sincere judg