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HENRY AUGUSTUS DILLON, Colonel of the souft, or Duke of York's Irish Regi

ment, &c. &c. &c

SIR,

IN these few sheets you will see the universally ad.

mitted principles of Christianity clearly stated, and all exceptions, taken by the Heathen Philofophers, Celjus, Crescentius, Lucian, and Julian, the apostate, and from them tranfcribed by their succeffors, modern fceptics, or, as they are called, modern Philofophifts, fairly difcuffed. No expression, offensive to any description of Christians, has escaped the writer's pen, which he recollects; his strictures are confined to Anti-Christian Works; the authors he has not named, not through any respect for their perfons, which the reader will easily perceive, but he did not think. pro. per to point out sources of immorality and error: to idle curiosity, nor would he flatter the vanity of an insignificant {cribbler by inserting his name, though it were but to expose him to contempo. He thinks a work of this nature may with

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great propriety be recommended to the protection of a Stacefman, whose eloquence in the Senate, and pen in the Cabinet, have been consecrated to the defence of the general rights of all descriptions of Chriftians; and whose conduct, as a military character, has received from this town a moft honorable testimony.

The writer having no claims nor expectancies from power or protection ; no fears nor apprehentions from enmity or malignity, pays this tribute of personal esteem, and begs leave to inscribe the work to a Nobleman, who is perfectly capable of appreciating : its value. And is,'

With great respect,
Your most obedient humble servant,

E. B. V. G. QUE.

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Laus CHRISTO Deo NOSTRO EJUS QUE MATRI SEMPER VIRGINI.

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Invisibilia enim iplicis a creturå mundi, per ea auce facta funt, intellecta, confpicuntur : sempiterna quoque ejus virtus et divinitas : ita ut inexcufabiles fint,Ad. Rom. C. 1.V. 20.

THE Apostle, in his epiftle to the Romans, speaking

I of the Heathen philosophers, says, that they were not only criminal but inexcusable in their infidelity: this terrific sentence he founds on the most fimple, yet irresistible reason : the inviGble power of God, and his divinity, are so manifest in his works that no excuse is admifsible in extenuation of the fin of infidelity. His words apply with double force to the pretended philofophers of our days, men, the light of whose understanding has been totally extinguished by the depravity of their hearts ; and the strong impressions made in their early days by a Christian education, entirely effaced by profligacy furpassing that of the Heathens whom St. Paul paints in such strong colouring.

By a train of reasoning to deinonstrate the existence of a God, a Supreme Being, all wise, all powerful, and eternal, a first cause, which gave existence to us, and to all the other Beings, which compose the universe; and continues to support that beauty, 'that harmony, which we admire in the world, is useless : all reasoning is loft on the man who denies it : his heart is callous, and his head insane. The man whose understanding is not warped by the perverleness of his heart fees and

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