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By. Dr. GILBERT BURNET,

late Lord Bishop of SARUM.

The secona Edition, with Additione.

DU B LIN:

Printed by M. R HAMES,
For R. GUNNE, Bookseller in Capel-ftreet,

M DCC XXXVI.

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HE Contests that have been raised
in this Age concerning the lawful-
ness and the usefulness of the Epil

copal Government, have engaged so

many learned Men to treat that Argument so fully, that as there is very little excuse left for the Ignorance or Obstinacy of those who still stand out against the Evidence of a Cause made out so clearly, so there is scarce any thing left to be said by any, whose zeal may fet him on to handle a matter that seems to be now exhausted. There is one sort of Argu, ments yet remaining, that as they are more within every one's compass to apprehend and apply, so they have a greater force on Mens affe&tions, which commonly give a biass to their understandings. For conviction has an easy access to us when we are already inclined to wish thạt were true, concesning which we imploy our enquiries : And in practical matters, such as Government, Arguments fetched from great Patterns do not only pres. pare us to think well of such Forms, but really give us truer and juster Ideas of them thán fpeculative Discourses can raise in us; which wosk þut coldly on Persons unconcern

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