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“Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of .
The Reverend Philip Skelton, Prebendary of Donacavy in the Cathedral of Clogher, Who departed this life on the 4th day of May, 1787, In the 59th year of his Ministry, and 81st of his age. Liberally endowed by Providence with intellectual
Nor did he pervert them by misdirection. -
Adapted, He laboured industriously to promote the happiness
Of Mankind, By advancing the influence of the Christian Religion. His arguments evinced the reasonableness of its
Virtue, And with indignant elocution and nervous diction,
Holding out her Adversaries
To contempt and detestation.
With a heart which felt for the distresses of the
: Necessities of others. Without ambition he acquired celebrity, And without ostentation he long continued to enjoy
It. A friend to the poor, an ornament to the church, Admired for his talents and revered for his virtues, He was at length called to the rewards of a
Patriarchal life, In the immediate presence of that God, Whose name he had worshipped with such piety,
And whose word he taught with success.”
CHIEPLY ON TBE
le that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall
be damned.-MARK xvi. 16.
(FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE YEAR 1754.
THE RIGHT REVEREND, AND REVEREND,
CHURCH OF ENGLAND.
RIGHT REVEREND, AND REVEREND GENTLEMEN, Such, ever since the Reformation hath been the candour of the church, wherein you at present worthily preside ; and such her wisdom in some instances, and piety in others, that her doors have never been unreasonably shut against any man, nor her Christian charity and indulgence denied to those whom their prejudices have forbidden to enter. It is no wonder therefore, if, actuated by dispositions so ingenuous, and a spirit so truly Christian, she bath always perused, approved, and applauded, all well-executed performances, howsoever foreign to herself their authors may have been, jn birth, education, communion, and even principles.
Imboldened by these reflections, the writer of the following discourses, who, being of your own communion, labours to defend those principles you deem fundamental, in this light, thinks himself secure of your acceptance and patronage; provided the many defects, too easily discoverable in his performances by judges so very discerning, do not forbid your approbation ; provided also it shall appear, notwithstanding all the tracts and discourses hitherto published on the same subjects, that the times call for new endeavours of this kind.