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The compose the following heets, and
HE reason which induced the author
to compose the following sheets, and now to offer them to the public, was a defire to contribute, in some little degree, towards the recovery of what he apprehends to be a very important truth, which has been long lost to the world, but seems now to be gradually reviving, THE UNITY OF
Profeffing to have no wish for the spread of his own opinion, any farther than that he judges it to be agreeable to the declarations of the holy scriptures, he was truly rejoiced when Dr.* Hawker's sermons made their appearance,
because it was probable they would be the means of calling the attention of many persons in this part of the world to the subject, who, otherwise, might never have bestowed upon it a serious thought; and he is persuaded that the discussion of every question, on which ever side the truth may lie, must always prove subservient to its success.
* Since the following sheets were composer, and sent to the press, Mr, Hawker has received the degree of Doctor of divinity, from the University of Edinburgh,
He was, however, not a little surprised, on perusing the sermons, to find that Dr. Hawker had brought forward his. proofs from scripture, as though they had never been replied to ; and that he had hardly noticed a single argument which has been urged by Unitarians in favour of the contrary doctrine.
. This he trusts will serve as his apology for having offered upon the subject little or nothing which is new; for till old interpretations are set aside, and old arguments are refuted, it is not to be expected that recourse will be had to new ones.
It was also a matter of wonder to him, that Dr. Hawker 1hould have pronounced, so decidedly as he has done, * on the merits of the controversy between Dr. Horsley and Dr. Priestiey, when it appears to be evident that he has not read the works of Dr. Friestley. For he observes, page 26, note, that
* See his Sermons, p, 17, note,