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My Lord Archbishop,
In the Work which I venture to submit to your Grace, I beg to offer the partial application of a principle for eliciting and establishing truth; which, though perfect in its present adaptation, will require the space of several volumes for its full exemplification.
The principle, on the nature of which I have been already permitted to explain myself to your Grace, although peculiarly applicable to History,
as well sacred as profane, is capable of being extended likewise to Prophecy, the incidents of which, in the process of their accomplishment, pass, from predicted verities, into historical realities. In the subjoined pages, I have undertaken to give a proof of its universality, in applying it to a subject, which is, at present, of intense and general interest.
Were I merely to consult propriety in dedicating the Volume, with which I venture to approach your Grace, I should be witheld by few scruples from making the offering. The fitness would be atonce acknowledged, that a Work, one professed object of which is to ascertain the state of the Church, when Christianity will assume its purest and most attractive form, should be inscribed with the Prelate's name, in whose character and manners all its graces are truly exemplified. In the frankness of this declaration, I am not indeed secure of escaping the displeasure of your Grace; although I feel safe from the imputation of flattery from
every other source. I shall therefore throw myself, for protection, upon the condescending kindness and indulgence, which has marked every communication with which I have been honored by your Grace, upon the subject which now appears in a form less undeserving of notice, than when it first solicited your Grace's attention.
I have the honor to be,
Feb. 1, 1831.