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An Attempt to reconcile the Doctrines of the Angels'
Apostacy and perpetual Punishment, Man's Fall
Late an UNDER SECRETARY of STATE.
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HOUSE, in PICCADILLY,
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THE LITURG Y.
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
strate to the Supreme Governor of the Uni-
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