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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

was

no easy

task, an abridged

view

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

the

volume

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

receive

the

administra-

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," were

rendered thus,

"

Seeing

the

apostles were

to

receive

the

administration of

the

whole

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-