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EPISTLE OF ST.
THE RIGHT REV. JOHN DAVENANT, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF SALISBURY;
PRESIDENT OF QUEEN'S COLLEGE, AND LADY MARGARET'S
PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN CAMBRIDGE:
ORIGINALLY DELIVERED, IN A SERIES OF LECTURES, BEFORE THE
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL LATIN;
WITH A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,
ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE WRITERS AND AUTHORITIES REFERRED TO
IN THE WORK:
BY JOSIAH ALLPORT,
MINISTER OF ST. JAMES's, BIRMINGHAM.
TO THE WHOLE IS ADDED, A TRANSLATION OF
DISSERTATIO DE MORTE CHRISTI,
BY THE SAME PRELATE.
Qua Pauli Epistola non melle dulcior, lacte candidior ?-Ambr. Serm. 68.
HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.
HIS MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY
KING WILLIAM IV.
IT is a cause of joy to your grateful subjects to behold your Majesty uniformly evincing a lively interest in, and attention to, whatever is adapted to promote the welfare and increase the happiness of your subjects. Her Majesty the Queen, your Royal Consort, also proves herself a help-meet indeed in all that can second your beneficent aims—can render your Court exemplary in character, beneficial in influence, and attractive to the virtuous, the patriotic, and the good—and can secure to you both the affections of your subjects, and the protection and blessing of heaven.
Sire, it is the operation and the love of true Religion, with obedience to that Righteousness which is its essence, that exalts a nation-ennobles its princes—and will be the safeguard of them and their people. That Religion and Righteousness were never elucidated, at large, in a human composition, with greater excellence of manner, or power of argument, than in the Volumes here presented to your Majesty's approbation ; the matter of which was put forth two centuries ago in the Latin language, and has never before been published in English.