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An Attempt to reconcile the Doctrines of the Angels'

Apostacy and perpetual Punishment, Man's Fall
and Redemption, and the Incarnation of the Son of
God, to our Conceptions of the Divine Nature

and Attributes.
By a LAYMAN of the Church of ENGLAND,

Late an UNDER SECRETARY of STATE.

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THE JOURNALS OF THE
AMERICAN CONVENTION,

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L O N D ON:
Printed for J. DEBRETT, opposite BURLINGTON

HOUSE, in PICCADILLY,

M.DCC.LXXXIX,

138. f. 5

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OBSERVATIONS

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To be a native of the finest country, and to live under the best constituted government upon earth, are subjects of congratulation which every Englifhman born since the Revolution might, with the greatest truth, appropriate to himself: but it is the peculiar felicity of the present generation to flourish under the reign of the most virtuous Prince that ever swayed the sceptre, who considers himself as exalted by station only above the meanest of his subjects, and equally accountable with the lowest magi

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strate to the Supreme Governor of the Uni-
verse for the use he makes of the authority
he is vested with; and when that authority is
exercised by a First Minister, raised, like the
phænix, from the brilliant embers of his
great forefather, by the fole influence of
that assemblage of virtues which warms and
enlivens the whole empire; who, embra-
cing in his comprehensive mind the whole
system of administration, and disdaining the
flow gradations of office, towered at once
over the numerous fences raised by cautious
dullness against transcendent genius, and re-
folutely seized the helm of the foundering
State Vefsel, re-animated her defponding
crew, foddered her worm-eaten hull, re-
paired her shattered rigging, and steered her
in fafety to the moorings of dignity and
honour. Nor is our age less distinguished
by the fplendid talents and exalted charac-
ters of the Rulers of our Church; for at
what period could we reckon more able de-
fenders of the doctrines of Christianity, or

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more worthy examples of their efficacy, than the Prelates who now fill the Bishops' Bench ? - Might it not then be expected that an age so distinguished for felicities would be equally renowned for its virtues ; that respect for government, good manners, and a strict attachment to religious duties, would have been its characteristics ?--Such, however, is the unhappy complection of the times, that I shall run ng hazard of incurring the imputation of fastidiousness, by declaring that at no period since the Reformation were any of those characters less merited. For, to leave the two first out of the present consideration, am I not justified in asserting that things facred were never more profaned ; the holy ordinances more slighted ; nor the fundamental doctrines of Christianity more generally questioned ? That Revelation which has fo enlarged the faculties of man, opened to him a prospect into futurity, made him acquainted with the intellectual world, and given him knowB 2

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