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THE AGE OF INFIDELITY,
IN ANSWER TO PAINE; A NEW TRANSLATION
OF SOLOMON'S SONG; AN HISTORIC DEFENCE OF EXPERIMENTAL RELIGION;
A DICTIONARY OF ALL RELIGIONS, RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS, &c. &c.
PRINTED FOR W. SIMPKIN AND R. MARSHALL,
THE first sentiment which presents itself to the mind of the Editor, on the termination of this Work, is—and ought to be-humble GRATITUDE to that merciful PROVIDENCE, which has spared him until its completion; notwithstanding circumstances repeatedly threatened to suspend his labours, and did, in fact, occasion some irregularity in the publication. That much of the Work was written in the prospect of death and eternity, or whilst suffering the most painful bereavements, will not, he presumes, render it less acceptable to serious Christians, though it may have occasioned some minor defects in the composition.
It would be ungrateful also, not to acknowledge the kind patrohage with which the Work has been favoured, both in the Established Church and among Dissenters. In reference to the former, his first acknowledgments are unquestionably due to that venerable Prelate, who has so long distinguished himself as the Patron of Sacred Literature, and the advocate of Revealed Truth,-The LORD BISHOP of SALISBURY; who liberally permitted the Editor to inscribe to him this humble attempt to illustrate the holy volume of inspiration, for the benefit of the middle and lower classes of society, who, while they are aspiring to general and scientific knowledge, will not, it may be loped, neglect the study of that book, which alone is "able to make them wise unto salvation."
To the Rev. GEORGE TOWNSEND, M. A., Prebendary of Durham, the writer has to confess his obligations, not only for the expression of favourable opinion of the Work, but especially for the handsome