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Ye are not under the Law, but under GRACE. The LAW was our Schoolmatter to bring us to CHRIST; who hath changed the Cuftoms which MOSES delivered.Rom. 6.11. Gal.3.24. Acts, 6, 14.
The Law was given by Mofes, but Grace and Truth came by Jefus Chrift. And by him all that believe are justified from all Things, from which ye could not be justified by the Law of MOSES. Jebna.17. &c.
Whole Duty of Man,
The Faith as well as Practice
EORGE the Second, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France, and
Greland, Defender of the Faith, gee. To alt, to whom theie Prefents thall comes
Greeting: WHEREAS,Our Trufty and Well-beloved Edward Wicksteed, of our City of London, Bookfeller, hath humbly reprefented unto us, that he is now Printing a New Edition (with great Improvements) of a Work; Entitled,
The NEW Whole Duty of Man.
Containing the Faith as well as Practice of a Chriftian, made eafy for the Practice of "the Prefent Age, as the OLD. WHole Duty of Man was defigned for those unhappy "Timer in which it was written; and supplying the ARTICLES of the Chriftian Faith, which are wanting in that Book, tho
Effentially neceffary to Salvation.
"Neceflary for all Families with Devotions proper for feveral Occafions."
AND whereas the faid Edward Wickfeed has informed us, that the faid Work has been perfected with great Labour, Study, and Expence, He has therefore humbly prayed us to AUTHORISE, and grant to him, the faid Edward Wickfeed, Our Royal Privilege and Licence for the SOLE Printing, Publishing, and Vending the faid Work, &c.
WE being graciously inclined to give all due Encouragement to Works that may be
Of Publick Ufe and Benefit,
and especially to thofe of this Kind, which fo greatly tend to the Advancement of Religion, and the general Good and Benefit of Mankind, ARE pleased to condescend to his Request, and DO, by these Presents, (as far as may be agreeable to the Statute in that Cafe made and provided), AUTHORISE, and grant to the faid Edward Wickfeed, his Executors, Adminiftrators and Affigns, our Royal Privilege and Licence for the SOLE Printing, Publishing, and Vending the faid Work, together with all and all manner of Amendments, Corrections, Alterations, and Additions of or to the fame, &c. ftrictly forbidding and probibiting all our Subjects within our Kingdoms and Dominions to reprint, abridge, or extraft the fame, or any Part or Parts thereof, either in the like, or in any other Volume or Volumes whatsoever; Og to import, buy, vend, utter, or diftribute any Copies thereof, or of any Part or Parts thereof, printed or reprinted beyond the Seas, &c. without the AUTHORITY, Confent, or Approbation of the faid Edward Wickfleed, his Executors, Administrators, or Affigns, by Writing under his or their Hands and Seals firft had and obtained, as they and every of them offending herein will answer the contrary at their Peril, and fuch other Penalties as by the Laws and Statutes of our Realms may be inficted. WHEREOF the Commiffioners and other Officers of our Cuftoms, the Master, Wardens, and Company of Stationers of London, and all other Officers and Minifters whom it may concern, are to take Notice, that a ftrict Obedience be given to our Plea1ere herein fignified.
To the READER.
following reafons, I hope, will justify me to a candid and confiderate reader, for publishing this Whole Duty of Man; and, I truft, they are alfo fufficient to remove and prevent any prejudices, that at first appearance may poffibly be entertained or fuggefted against it.
It being now near one hundred years fince the publication of the OLD Whole Duty of Man, it need not be matter of furprise to any, if the generality of readers begin to be but a little affected by that work.
The cause of which dislike is to be afcribed in a great measure, I prefume, to the distance of thofe times in which that treatife was wrote; for not only the words, but the manner of expreffion, and the ways and methods of treating fuch fubjects are, and ought to be, very different now from what they were formerly. And tho' I am far from denying that a vein of found learning and morality is vifible throughout that book, or that it was well adapted for those unhappy times of firife and confufion in which it was written; yet all this lying under the forementioned disadvantages, it is apprehended the people of the prefent age are never like to be better reconciled to it. "For the cafe in reality was this: during the time of confufion, many of the preachers (and writers) had not only forborne to inculcate the duties of morality, but had laboured to depreciate them; to perfuade the people that faith was all, and works nothing. And therefore, in order to take off thofe unhappy impreffions, the Clergy found themselves obliged to inculcate, with more than ordinary diligence, the neceflity of moral duties in the chriftian life, and to labour to restore them to their proper share in the christian scheme." + Befides,
The OLD Whole Duty of Man, as appears by Dr. Hammond's Letter, dated March 1657, was first published under the ufurpation of Oliver Cromwell, who had fubverted the conflitution both in church and fate.
See the Bishop of London's ad paftoral letter, page 64, Svo Edition.