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ship will not be unwilling that YOUR NAME

should be inscribed on the same roll with that

of Sir MATTHEW HALE.

sion that he would, with

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reciprocal plea

sure, acknowledge My LORD ELDON, these Works, WITH PERMISSION, are dedicated to your Lordship,

By your Lordship's most humble,

And obedient Servant,

THOMAS THIRLWALL.

Mile-End, March 30, 1805.

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Part II. The Life of Religion, and Superadditions to it

Part III. The Superstructions upon Religion, and Animosities about them

A Discourse on Life and Immortality

On the Day of Pentecost

Concerning the Works of God

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Of doing as we would be done unto

The Life and Death of Pomponius Atticus, written by his Contemporary and Acquaintance, Cornelius Nepos; translated out of his Fragments: together with Observations, political and moral, thereupon

A Discourse touching Provision for the Poor

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ERRATA.

Vol. I. p. 71, read as a Note - Even the party whom he decided against were satisfied with the equity of his decision.

p. 166, line 8, for do, read does.

p. 167

9, for render, read renders.

8, for intelligencer, read intelligence.

p. 304, -15, see note, vol. ii, p. 138.

Vol. II. p. 141,

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PREFACE.

THE public are now presented, for the

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first time, with a Collection of the Moral and Religious Treatises of Sir MATTHEW HALE, whose professional learning, indefatigable labors, and exemplary piety, ranked him amongst the brightest ornaments of his time. It may afford matter for surprise, that the productions of an author so justly celebrated, should have been so long permitted to lie in a scattered and neglected state. The veneration and esteem in which the Learned Profession deservedly holds the memory of this renowned Judge, has induced it to publish those works which fall within its peculiar province. It is high time for the Friends of Religion to follow this example, and rescue from oblivion those memorials of practical piety and sound morality, which he has left behind.

All which remain of this description will be found in the two following volumes, with the exception of two Works; the one entitled "A Discourse of the Knowledge of God,

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and Ourselves;" the other "The Primitive Origination of Mankind." The omission of these arises not cither from an unfavourable opinion of their intrinsic worth, or an unwillingness to add them to the present Collection. Should the public express a wish for their appearance, they shall be published at a future opportunity, in a separate volume, which will render the sent undertaking uniform and complete. To prepare the reader for the full benefit The may expect to receive from their perusal, I have introduced him to an acquaintance with the life and character of Hale, from the pen of Bishop Burnet, who has drawn the portrait of the venerable Judge, in the colours of truth and simplicity.

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1 In the life of Sir Matthew Hale, we do not merely see a character improved and adorned by the Christian graces and virtues, but we behold Christianity itself substantially exemplified. We see its power to "convert the soul," in that radical change which it effects in the youth; while every subsequent action of the man concurs to prove that the ideal character of wisdom,

See the Preface to "Burnet's Lives and Characters," &c. printed at Dublin, 1804,

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