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the World, that we are sensible Your LORDSHIP has acted the Part of a Good and Faithful Magistrate, but that we also know Your LORDSHIP will be in the Senate as vigilant an Opposer of all Those who shall attempt to infringe our Rights and Privileges, as You have been at the Head of this Honourable City, in expostulating to the Present Parliament the Great Inconveniences of the late Excise-Scheme; whöfe Overthrow, without the least Flattery, may be attributed to Your LORDSHIP's Great Prudence, Wisdom and Conduct,

"May Your LORDSHIP long live a Pao

tron of this Great City, and havs ing attained those Perfections contained in the Gospel, may Your LORDSHIP, when Your Diffolution comcth, be admitted into the Mans

fions of Bliss. i : This is the hearty Prayer of " ...9 Your Lordships moß Obedient

and most Humble Servant, ! :

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Jacob Ilive.

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HE following Discourse from

2 John xiv. 2. was wrote in the TO

Year. 1719. with no Deßgn of. being spoke, read or printed, but

to employ some leisure Time I had before me. Which I then (and often fince) read to my Mother, who approving the Hypothefis contained in it, ordered by her Will the Publick Reading of it. The Words are:

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: April 20. 1733


« That my Son and Executor Jacob « Ilive shall read the Discourse which he « has made from John xiv. 2. publickly in « a Hall (Stationers-Hall if poffible) or “ other convenient Place, within Fourteen

Days or other fit Time, after my De“ cease, to as many of my Acquaintance « and others as fhall be minded serioully ¢ to hear the same.

Jane Ilive.

In pursuance whereof I interceeded for the Use of Stationers-hall, but my Request was not granted. I procured Brewers-hall, where I read it publickly, Monday, Sept. 10. and at the Desire of my Friends I repeated it at Joyners-hall, Sept. 24.

The Subjekt of it is intirely new, not calculated with a Design to serve any particular Party, but endeavours to introduce more wor

thy Ideas and Apprehenfons of God, than has . bitherto obtained in the Christian Church, by

fetting before. tbe Reader an Hypothefis every way agreeable to the Nature and Éssence of the Divine Being. If herein I am mistaken, Inhall be very willing to retract my Errar, and I hope, as there are those among the Rewerend Clergy of our Gburch, whose Skill in I beology far exceeds mine, would be so kind as to remark upon my.Performance, and reprove me in the Spirit of Meekness.

As for those Expresons wherein I have a little too feverely censured Priests, as fome may judge, the best way to invalidate them will be to jhero that neither the Heathen, Jewish nor Chriftian Priests-(of Fourteen Centúries after Chrift)". have impofed upon the People, for it is allowed, that the present Clergy of the Church of England. have 10 Hand in Imposition. "


The next Thing that will give Offence. I fear is the Judgment I have pass'd both in' *my Oration and Notes on Moses and Aaron.

Ás to Moses, I conceive, he was a Man of great Courage and Policy. How far these are necessary to establish a new System of such Rites and Ceremonies, as he instituted, I leave to those who after they have read my Notes, can think them of Divine Appointment. And here I declare, that I do not not look upon Mofes as a Lawgiver of the Jews to be an Impostor, but commend him for attempting to make his Brethren a great People, by separating them from the Nations. And so far as He did establish the Law of Natural Religion, though burtbened with grievous Rites and Ceremonies, yo far bis Laws was of God, or (if you please) of Divine Appointment, and no farther. What I have said of Aaron inz relation to the Golden Calf being fact, needs no Apology, for it is certain good Men (and as fucb why not good. Priests) may fall into Error. However, if it should be thought that I have any way misrepresented either the Character of Moses or Aaron, I (all berein

fubmit to better Judgments. 6. I am very sensible of the particular Hapo

piness and Blesing, we of this Kingdom enjoy, of free. Debate, which is not only our Privilege as Protestants, but as Subjects to the Best of Princes : This is the Happy Conse


quence of the Establishment of the Throne of these. Realms in the Illustrious and Auspicious House of Hanover. And I kope; that so long as the World phall endure, there will not be wanting a Prince of the Present Royal Family, of such Glorious Principles with His Sacred MAJESTY to weild the Sword of this British Empire. ! I Mall now only beg this Favour of all those into whose Hands this Oration shall fail, not to be too hasty in censuring the Hya pothefis or its Author, before be bas duly confidered it; for though the Doctrine contained 'in it is co-eval to the Creation of this Place, and to its Formation out of Chaos, yet it is now so far loft, that it seems novel. Therefore it will be convenient for every Man to consider its Reasonableness, which if he should do, without Prejudice either to the Oration or to its Author, I am persuaded, be will, from bimself, and his own Obfervations, find some Arguments to support my Hypothcfis. ,

But if I should fail berein, I bere declare, that I do not publish my Oration with any other Deßgn, than to prevent false Representations that may have been made hereof, with out the least Intention of giving Offence to any Person or Body of Men whatsoever. .

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