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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

WILLIAM CONYNGHAM PLUNKET.

IN placing at the head of these sheets, a name, to which the respect and the admiration of the Public have attached so much celebrity; and in avowing, at the same time, that I have selected the name of a Friend, with whom I have been united, almost from childhood, in the closest habits of intimacy; I am aware, that I subject myself to the imputation of acting as much from a motive of pride, as from a sentiment of af. fection. I admit the imputation to be wellfounded. To enjoy the happiness of such a Friend, and not to exult in the possession, would be not to deserve it. It is a pride, which, I trust, may be indulged in without blame; and the distinction of having been associated with a character, so transcendently eminent for private worth, for public virtue, and for intellectual endowments, I shall always regard as one of the most honourable circumstances of my life.

But, independently of these considerations, the very nature of my subject supplies a reason for the choice which I have made, For I know not, in truth, to whom I could, with greater propriety, inscribe a work, whose chief end is to expose false reasoning and to maintain true religion, than to one, in whom the powers of just reasoning are so conspicuously displayed, and by whom the great principles of religion are so sincerely. reverenced.

With these views, I trust, that I shall stand excused by you, my dear Sir, in have ing, without your knowledge, thus availed myself of the credit of your name. The following treatise, in which so many additions have been made to a former publication, as in some measure to entitle it to the appellaţion of a new work, I submit to your judge ment: well satisfied, that if it meet your approbation, it will not find an unfavourable reception from the public.

I am, my dear Sir,

With the truest attachment,
Your affectionate Friend and Servant,

THE AUTHOR. Trinity College, Dublin,

Sept. 21, 1808.

Vol. I.

· No. IX.-On the granting of the divine forgiveness

through a Mediator or Intercessor ............. 140

No. X.-On UNITARIANS, or Rational Dissenters .. 148

No. XI.- On the distinction between UNITARIANs and

SOCINIANS ..........

............ 150

No. XII.-On the corruption of man's natural state .. 154

No. XIII.-On the misrepresentation of the doctrine of

Atonement by Unitarians .... ........ 171

No. XIV. On the disrespect of Scripture manifested

by Unitarian Writers ...................... 173

No. XV.-On the Heathen notions of merit entertained

by Unitarians ............................ 178

No. XVI.-On Dr. Joun Taylor's scheme of Atone.

ment .......

.............. 181

No. XVII.-The doctrine of Atonement falsely charg-

ed with the presumption of pronouncing on the

necessity of Christ's death ................... 188

No. XVIII—On the mode of reasoning, whereby the

sufficiency of good works without mediation is at.

tempted to be defended from Scripture ......... 194

No. XIX.—The want of a discoverable connexion be..

tween the means and the end, equally applies to

edery Scheme of Atonement ....... ....... 199

No. XX.-On the Scripture phrase of our being recon.

ciled to God ........

No. XXI.—On the true distinction between the laying

aside our enmity to God, and being reconciled to

God .................................... 207

No. XXII.-On the proofs from Scripture, that the

Sinner is the object of the Divine displeasure .... 208

No. XXIII.--Instance from the book of Job, of Sacri.

fice being prescribed, to avert God's Anger ...... 21%

No. XXIV.-On the Attribute of the DIVINE JUS.

TICE ....... .............................214

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