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TO

THE RIGHT REVEREND

JOHN LAW, D.D.

LORD BISHOP OP KILLALA AND ACHONRY,

AS A TESTIMONY OF ESTEEM FOR HIS VIRTUES AND LEARNING,

AND OF GRATITUDE FOR THE LONG AND FAITHFUL FRIENDSHIP

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ness . . . . . . . . . . . . . ib.

For thankfulness in sickness . . . . . . . 266

For a blessing on the means used for a sick person's

recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . ib.

For a sick person, when there appears some hope of

recovery . . . . . . . . . . . .267

In behalf of the sick person, when he finds any

abatement of his distemper . . . . . . . 268

For one who is dangerously ill ...... ib.

For a sick person, when sickness continues long

upon him . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269

For the grace of patience . . . . . . . . 270

For spiritual improvement by sickness . . . .271

For a sick person, who is about to make his will . ib.

For a sick penitent . . . . . . . . . . 272

For a sick person, who intends to receive the blessed

sacrament . . . . . . . . . . . . 274

For a sick person who wants sleep ,,,.. ib.

THE

TRUTH

OF THE

SCRIPTURE HISTORY OF ST. PAUL EVINCED.

CHAP. I.

Exposition of the argument. THE volume of Christian Scriptures contains thirteen - letters purporting to be written by St. Paul ; it contains also a book, which, amongst other things, professes to deliver the history, or rather memoirs of the history, of this same person. By assuming the genuineness of the letters, we may prove the substantial truth of the history, or, by assuming the truth of the history, we may argue strongly. in support of the genuineness of the letters. But I assume neither one nor the other. The reader is at liberty to suppose these writings to have been lately discovered in the library of the Escurial, and to come to our hands destitute of any extrinsic or collateral evidence whatever; and the argument I am about to offer is calculated to shew, that a comparison of the different writings would, even under these circumstances, afford good reason to believe the persons and transactions to have been real, the letters authentic, and the narration in the main to be true.

Agreement or conformity between letters bearing the name of an ancient author, and a received history of that author's life, does not necessarily establish the credit of either: because,

1. The history may, like Middleton's Life of Cicero. or Jortin's Life of Erasmus, have been wholly, or in part, compiled from the letters: in which case it is ma

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