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XLII

THE PUBLISHER

TO

THE

READER.

boldly asserted and

stiffly

contended

for,

without reason:

so

that

any

one

might

with as much

colour

and

evidence of

truth

maintain

that

the

Grand Seignior

is of

right, and

for

many

ages

has been

acknow-

ledged, sovereign of

the

whole world, as

that

the

Bishop of Rome

is

of right, and in all

ages from

the

beginning

of

Christianity has been

owned

to

be,

the

universal monarch

and head

of

the

Christian

church.

To

this

"Treatise

of

the

Pope's Supremacy"

I

have, for

the

affinity

of

the argument,

added, by

way of appendix,

another

discourse of

the

same

author's, concerning

the

Unity

of

the Church;

which

he

so

explains

as

quite to

take

away

the

necessity

of

a

visible

head

over

the

whole

church

for

the

preservation

of

its unity:

which

is

the

only

specious,

but

yet

a

very remote, pretence

for

the

pope's supremacy;

for

if

a

visible

monarch

of

the

church were granted

necessary,

many

things more must be

supposed (which

neither yet

are,

nor

ever can

be proved) to make

the

bishop of Rome

the

mau.

The

testimonies

relating

to both parts

were very

few

of

them

translated by the author;

which

he

certainly intended, having left

spaces for

it,

and

is since

done with

great

care

by

two of his

worthy

and learned

friends of his

own

college.

This

is

all

the

advertisement

I

thought

necessary.

J.

TILLOTSON.