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THES E VENTH EDITION,
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U, Gentlemen, who are in the Representatives of the
Clergy of England, are pro. S per Patrons of a Work, which
creats of Religion, and the Clergy. It is written to promote Liberty, Virtue, and Piety; the Interests of which, I hope, you will always espouse, and esteem as your own; and will consequently approve my Design, and give
me your Thanks, whatever may have · been the Success of my Endeavours.
The many wild and unscriptural, Claims started, and impetuousy maincained, by very many of those whom you represent, (and I wish I could say denied, though but faintly, by any considerable Number of others) gave Occasion to the following Sheets ; and, having in them shewn to my Brethren, the Laity, the Abe furdity and Impiety of those Claims, by Arguments ferched from Reason, the Gospel, and the Laws of our Country; I shall, in this Address to yourselves, endeavour to convince you, that it is your Interest to drop them; and if I can succeed in this, I presume, that all other Arguments may be useless.
THESE Gentlemen, in the Heat of their Demands and Contention for Power, have gone so far towards Rome, and bor. rowed so many of her Principles, that I see no other Medium left for them, but either to proceed on in their journey thither,
(which, as they have managed Matters, is now a very short one) or lo turn back to the Principles of the Reformation, (a very long Journey, I confess!) and accept of the Bishop of * Bangor's Scheme, as much as they hate it and him. That Scheme, though it may not be altogether so palatable, yet is a safe Scheme: And though it does not intitle them to all the Power and Wealth in England, yet it fecures to them what they have.
CONSIDER, Gentlemen, that you cannot take as much of Popery as you pleafe, and leave the rest. Machiavel has Jong lince cold us, that no Government can subsist long but upon its original Foundation, and by recurring often to the Principles upon which it was first founded. It will indeed stand upon no other; and when that is fapped and undermined, the Superstructure must fall to the Ground, the old Inhabitants must find out new Materials, erect new Buildings upon other Founda* Dr. Benjamin Hoadley; now Lord Bishop of Winchester.