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William Bepell5d.d,

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DUBLIN:

Printed by M.rhameS,

For Lgunne, Bookseller in Capel-strm.

M DCC XXXVI.

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PR E F A C E.

TH E Contests that have been raised in this Age concerning the lawfulness and the usefulness of the Epise copal Government, have engaged so many learned Men to treat that Argument so fully, that as there is very little excuse left lor the Ignorance or Obstinacy of those who still stand ouf against the Evidence of a Cause rriade out so clearly, so there is scarce any thing left to be l^id by any, whose zeal may set him on to handle a matter that seems to be now exhausted. There is one fort of Argu« ments yet remaining, that as they are more within every one's compafi to apprehend and apply, lo they have a greater force on Mens affections, which commonly give a biasi to their understandings, For conviction has an paly access to us when we are already inclin* ed to wish that were true, concerning which we imploy our enquiries: And in practical matters, such as Government, Arguments fetched from great Patterns do not only pre^ pare us to think we\l of such Forms, but re* ally give us truer and juster Ideas of them, than speculative piscQuxfcs .can raise in us^ ^hM' tfbjjc># epldly persons unconcerni 'i *■% i ed.

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