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TO THE READER.
PREFIXED TO THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS VOLUME,
PUBLISHED IN THE YEAR 1716.
As in the titlepage this is said to be an Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles, of which, notwithstanding, no more than the first Thirty are here published, the Reader will justly expect to be informed of the reason of it. The learned Author has indeed left the Exposition actually finished, together with a Preface and Index to it; to which, with all his other manuscripts, I have an undoubted right, as any one may be satisfied that pleases to see the receipt I have under the hand of his executor. But the manuscript volume which contained the remaining part of this work happening to fall into other hands, has been hitherto detained from me. I was not insensible of the hazard I was to run in publishing only a part of a book, however excellent in itself; notwithstanding, this did not deter me from beginning, and now at last finishing, all that I have at present of it. I have not been wanting in my endeavours to recover the rest, in order to make the book answer the title, and to publish it complete at once : however, as I do not yet wholly