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TO

THE RIGHT REVEREND

FOLLIOT H. W. CORNEWALL, D. D.

LORD BISHOP OF WORCESTER,

THE

FOLLOWING ESSAY

IS MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

AS

A SMALL TOKEN

OF THE AUTHOR'S GRATITUDE

FOR MANY FAVOURS.

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THE following Essay comprises, with some additional matter, and a large appendage of notes, the substance of a discourse preached June 30th, 1824, in the cathedral church of Worcester, at the triennial visitation of the Lord Bishop of the diocese; and is now published at his Lordship’s suggestion. Though many treatises have been written on the same subject, the difficulties with which it is attended have, generally, been rather evaded than answered. In the following pages these difficulties have been fairly stated; whether they have been fairly mastered is a point for others to decide. The

younger student in theology, for whose use this little tract is principally designed, will, however, find some valuable matter collected in the notes, with the most scrupulous fidelity, from works of higher price,

or more difficult attainment; and, whatever may be the merits, or demerits, of the Essay itself, will, here at least, be directed to sources of better information.

CORFTON, Dec. 24, 1824.

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