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The Scriptural History of the Earth and of MANKIND,

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IN A SERIES OF LETTERS.

WITH NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS.

By PHILIP HOWARD, Esq.

Nullius addictus jurare in verba magistri

quærere verum..

HORATIUS, .

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR R. FAULDER, NEW BOND-STREET.

THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

ASTOR, LEMAN TILDEN POUNDATIONS

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HE substance of the following Work was published in two Letters in the French language towards the end of the year 1786. It has been since revised; corrected, and considerably enlarged. It was originally occasioned by a difference of opinion, relative to the causes of the Formation and Structure of Mountains, between the Marquis de Montigny, much attached to the system of Mr. de Buffon, and the Author, whilst making together a tour through Switzerland. By minds strongly prejudiced in favour of their mot celebrated writers, and already agitated by brooding philofophic theories of government, it could be little attended to. In it the Englih rcader will be briefly acquainted with the outlines of those fcientific fysiems, which, keeping pace with numerous publications in every path of literature, were calcu

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lated to tear up in the public mind every remaining attachment to Christianity. Should he not approve of the explication here offered of the Mosaical account of the Creation and Deluge, he will at least perceive that those famous systems so triumphantly substituted to it are not a little inconsistent and fallacious. The author's ideas are not, as will be seen, unauthorized by men of high reputation ; and if they should in this country of fober reasoning excité the attention of persons of greater abilities to this great fubject, his. utmost wishes would be accomplished.

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