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AUTHOR of the LIFE of DAVID.
To which is added, An
E S S AY
Towards Evidencing the
DIVINE ORIGINAL of TYTHES, Which the Author considers as a Species of
LO N D ON: Printed for J. and J. RIVINGTON, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Churcb-Yard.
The Right Honourable
Countess of GRANVILLE.
A D not the purpose of this
Letter been more to publish gratitude, than to pay court to power, Your Ladyship had been saved this trouble. For, indeed, the author of thefe Discourses hath no talents for the latter. In saying this, he pretends not to acquit himself of ambition: he hath perhaps as strong a bias of original
guilt, that way, as any mortal; but the truth is, it was early checked, and intirely turned from all hope or prospect of preferment, to the fole view of endeavouring to deserve it. In this situation, hewas found by your fon, near twenty years ago, in an honourable obscurity; and drawn thence, with some distinction (tho’ without
fuit or solicitation on his side), a little more into the light, at least into the hurry of the world; where he hath continued to this day. Unhonoured, indeed, but (I thank God) unreproached, and (what is, perhaps, matter of more vexation than vanity) not unenvied; tho' he stood in no man's way, nor was rival to any mortal, during that whole time, either for wealth, preferment, or power.