Barrow - BX1805 .B3 1852

IV PREFACE TO THE PRESENT EDITIQN. as far as a regard to truth would permit him, to avoid giving offence to any party holding the genuine principles of Protestantism. 2. The leading topics of the Treatise are now, for the first time, arranged in the form of contents, and also indicated by head-lines at the top of every page; thus imparting a more lively appearance to the Treatise, and furnishing, what wasno easy task, an abridgedview or synopsis of the various matters and arguments which it contains. 3. Short foot-notes have been appended where any obscure point seemed to require elucidation. To have given explanatory or con- troversial notes to every point, in a work abounding with so many references to persons and authorities, would have swelled thevolume beyond all reasonable bounds. 4. As Dr Tillotson had said that the " testimonies," or quotations from the Greek and Latin, had been translated " with great care by two of his (the author's) worthy and learned friends of his own col- lege," the present editor did not at first think of comparing them with the original. But he soon discovered that, owing to the change which our language has undergone, many of these, as they stood, were quite unintelligible, and required retouching. Thus, the quo- tation from Gregory at page 70, meaning that " however the evils of their superiors may displease good subjects, yet they will take care to conceal them from others," is thus rendered in all the former edi- tions, "The evils of their superiors do so displease good subjects, that however they do conceal them from others." Again, Chrysostom's words at page 90, "Seeing the apostles were to receivetheadministra- tion of the whole world, it was no longer becoming that they should keep close together (or, in each other's company, óu, caearTexOw), for that would have been a great loss to the world," wererendered thus, " Seeing the apostles were to receive the administration of thewhole world, they ought not afterwards to converse with one another, for that would surely have been a great damage to the world;" where the word " converse" is used in the obsolete sense of "keeping com- pany with." 5. While the text of the author has been carefully preserved throughout inviolate, we have taken the liberty of altering the anti- quated termination of th in the third person singular of verbs into the modem form, and thus, we think, facilitated in no small degree the reading of the work. 6. We have added explanatory terms [within brackets] to the numerous obsolete and unusual expressions which occur; such as " bobb off," " obventions," "discost," " acquist," " considence" for " sitting together," " insisting" for " treading," " staunch" for " strin-