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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

Perfections,
He did not suffer them to lie waste through Inactivity,

Nor did he pervert them by misdirection. -
His understanding he habituated to attentive

Reflection,
Invigorating it by exercise and enriching it with

Information.
And pursuing the noblest ends by means the best

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

Doctrines;
While his example shewed at once
The practicability and amiableness of its precepts;

For
As his opinions were orthodox his manners were

Primitive.
His conversation was candid and unreserved ;
For he harboured no thought which required

Concealment.
His preaching was forcible and dignified,
Impressing on his hearers the rightful authority of

Virtue, And with indignant elocution and nervous diction,

Holding out her Adversaries

To contempt and detestation.
Pious without superstition, and zealous without

Bigotry;
His life was practical devotion,
And his controversies the earnest efforts of

Philanthropy,
Leading infidels to truth, and sinners to salvation.

With a heart which felt for the distresses of the

Indigent,
He had a hand still open to relieve them,
Denying himself even moderate gratifications
That he might more liberally provide for 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.”

CONTROVERSIAL DISCOURSES:

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EVIDENCES

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CHRISTIANITY.

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.

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THE

PREFACE:

ADDRESSED TO

THE RIGHT REVEREND, AND REVEREND,

THE

CLERGY

OF THE

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.

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