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DELIVERED TO THE CLERGY OF THE DIOCESE OF DURHAM, AT THE PRIMARY
VISITATION, IN THE YEAR M.DCC.LI :
BY JOSEPH BUTLER, LL. D.
LATE LORD BISHOP OP DURHAM.
Ejus (Analogiæ) hæc vis est, ut id quod dubium est, ad aliquid simile de quo non quæritur,
QUINT. IXST. ORAT. L. 1. C. 6.
A NEW EDITION, CORRECTED
GIVING SOME ACCOUNT OF THE CHARACTER AND WRITINGS OF THE AUTHOR.
BY SAMUEL HALIFAX, D. D.
Late Lord Bishop of Gloucester.
ORME, AND CO.; T. CADELL; G. AND W. B. WHITTAKER;
DR. THOMAS BALGUY,
ARCUIDEACON AND PREBENDARY OF WINCHESTER, &c.
DEAR SIR, I TRUST you will excuse the liberty I have taken of prefixing your Name to the following Sheets; the latter part of which, I am confident, will not be thought undeserving of your approbation; and of the former part you will commend' the intention at least, if not the execution. In vindicating the character of Bishop Butler from the aspersions thrown upon it, since his death, I have but discharged a common duty of humanity, which survivors owe to those who have deserved well of mankind by their lives or writings, when they are past the power of appearing in their own defence. And if what I have added, by way of opening the general design of the works of this great Prelate, be of use in exciting the younger class of Students in our Universities to read, and so to read as to understand, the Two Volumés prepared and published by the Author himself, I flatter myself I shall have done no inconsiderable service to Morality and Religion. Your time and studies have been long'successfully devoted to the support of the same great cause, and in what you have lately given to the world, both as an Author and an Editor, you have largely contributed to the defence of our common