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JAMES THOMAS LAW, A.M.
CHANCELLOR OF LICHFIELD AND COVENTRY,
PRINTED FOR C. AND J. RIVINGTON,
62, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,
AND T. G. LOMAX, LICHFIELD.
REV. EDWARD CARDWELL,
FELLOW AND TUTOR OF BRASB-NOSE COLLEGE, OXFORD.
MY DEAR SIR,
You will, I am sure, permit me to say, that it was my first intention to have prefixed to this work a name, which I am equally bound by duty and affection to revere, and which I shall ever hold in the highest admiration—the name of my Father. I was, however, induced to re-consider, and at length relinquish that idea, in consequence of an observation which I met with in a Dedication by the Rev. Thomas Young, late tutor of Trinity College, Cambridge. That gentleman very justly remarks, referring to his own work on Original Sin, &c.“ When the following sheets were first submitted to the public, although they were indeed the product of considerable labour and study; yet the acknowledged and experienced difficulty of the subjects of which they presumed to treat, impressed strongly the feeling upon my mind, that it was much fitter that a private clergyman should be wholly responsible for any
deviation which might possibly," I add, quite unintentionally, occur from orthodox doctrine, than that the name of a Dignitary of the Church should in the slightest degree be called in question."
Even in dedicating this work to you, my oldest and best friend, to whom I was early in life under great obligations, and whose regard I still value as one of the chief blessings of my life, I think it right to observe,
that neither you, nor any one else, are answerable for any thing contained in this Exposition: the merit, or demerit, the gain, or loss, from the undertaking, being wholly my own.
That health and happiness, and the honours to which your distinguished learning and exemplary conduct entitle you, may be yours abundantly, is the heart-felt wish and prayer of,