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the Relation I have the Honour to bear to your Lordship, and the many particular Favours I have received from you, did not in Duty oblige me to take every Opportunity of making the gratefullest and most publick Acknowledgment of your Lordship's Goodness; yet your Lordship's known Readiness to Encourage, Affift, and Patronize any Attempts of this Nature, or any other that are defigned for the Promotion either of true Religion or good Learning; would have emboldened me, among Others, to defire your Lordship's Protection, and to have prefumed to do my felf the Honour of præfixing your Lordship's Name to these Papers.

I HAVE used at least as much Care, and taken as much Pains, in the prefent Papers, to endeavour to express the full Meaning of the Evangelift in na


tural and plain Words, to continue the Senfe by clear and eafie Tranfitions, and to obviate all the Difficulties I could in the Text; as I did in the Paraphrafe on St. Matthew. And I fuppofe, it will not be thought a great Prefumption in me to hope, that I have in fome Measure fucceeded in this Defign; after having received your Lordfhip's Corrections and Approbation, who have fo thoroughly confidered every Part of the Sacred Text, and are fo abfolute a Mafter and known a Judge of Style.

To attempt upon this Occafion, to describe your Lordship's many other great Qualifications and Vertues; as it would be a Thing needless in Respect of the World, which every Day experiments many real Proofs of your Lordship's Goodness; so I know it would be doing a Thing unexceptable and uneafie to

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your Lordship. Wherefore I add no more, but only defire your Lordship to accept these Papers as an humble Expreffion of Duty and Gratitude, from,

Your Lordship's moft Dutiful Chaplain

and Servant,

Sam. Clarke.



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