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tended to be given to the Hospital for Small Pox and Inoculation, I desire to make my thankful Acknowledgments to the Vicechancellor of the Univerħty of Cambridge, and the other Syndics of the Press, for their libe. ral and benevolent afhstance.
THE COUNTESS OF PEMBROKE,
BARONESS HERBERT, &c. &c.
ROM some pleasing conferences, with
which you have at times honoured me, I should judge, that the following treatise may not prove unacceptable, if it is introduced to your notice. It relates to that great and interesting object of pursuit, Religion ; which you have made the subject of your thoughts and inquiries. account I venture to prefix your very
nourable name for a recommendation; and to solicit your acceptance of this mark of my sincere respect, and esteem. In the prosecution of my purpose it has been my endeavour to avoid all prolixity from an unnecessary accumulation
of evidence; especially such as is foreign, and too remote. For the mind is fatigued by being overloaded; and too much light tends often to dazzle, and confuse, rather than illuftrate. It is not however my intention to abridge myself of any material article, that may
tend to conviction; but only to restrain myself from being too diffuse; and not to engage myself in the depths of science and philosophy for an aggregate of unwieldy * proofs. For I never found, that a multiplicity of instances, and illustrations, were so convincing, as a few well
* The proofs to which I allude, may be found in Ray, Nieuwentyt, Derham, Grew, Cheyne, Stillingfeet, and others: and are well worth consulting, though too abundant to be noticed by me.