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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
LORD VISCOUNT LEWISHAM,
LORD WARDEN OF THE STANNARIES, AND PRESI-
It is not arifing from a vain prefumption of any literary merit in this work, which could poffibly recommend it to your Lordship's patronage, that I take the liberty of this Dedication: neither is it in order to offer up the vain incenfe of adulation, which would be the more difgufting, where every real virtue, which alone can add true nobility to the mind of man,
is confpicuously exemplified, in a life of pure Benevolence, and unfullied morality: but the Author's principal motive is, to express in the most public manner, his grateful acknowledgments for thofe kind attentions which were paid to him, while refiding two years at HAYES, for the recovery of his health, during which time, the following Sketches were the principal amusement of,
your lordship's most obliged
and faithful fervant,
OF PRIMÆVAL TRADITION.
HE firft inquiry of the human mind, when it begins to expand, and is capable of Reflection, is concerning the origin of fenfible Objects. The ears of the wifest parent are repeatedly faluted with fuch Interrogatories from his child, as he finds himself unable
Such is the natural thirft of man after knowledge, that with avidity he recurs to antiquity, being unable to pry into futurity, he delights particularly to enquire into the beginning of those kingdoms and families wherein he finds himself interested: nay, into the origin of the world, and the æra of human existence. The fabulous accounts of profane writers yield him no fatisfaction, being enveloped in thick darkness, fave only in thofe veftiges which still retain the evident marks of an origin derived from revelation.
That Adam was capable of giving fuch inftruction is eafily deduced from this reafon; We cannot form an idea