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Interspersed with Various
In which (among other Things)
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of
water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season.
By the Author of Revelation Examin'd with Candour.
BOOK III. VOL. III.
and Sold by S. Birt, and B. DODD, in Ave-Mary Lane ;
To His GRACE the
Primate of IRELAND.
May it please your GRACE,
shall every other, of publicly avowing the honour I bear you : although with little advantage to you, or distinction to anyfelf; unless merely in the manner of profesling that veneration and esteem, which is borne you, alike, by every man of this nation; where you are justly considered as a public parent, equally loved and honoured. How well you are intitled to this appellation, will Lufficiently appear, when it is
remembred, that to you, under God, this nation owes the main support of her Poor, in their late general calamity. The famine was far extended, and the mortality begun; when your unexampled and unbounded charity, like the facred censer in the hand of Aaron, interposed between the living and the dead, and the plague was payed.
THE present age sufficiently acknowledge this, and posterity will know it, without the aid of this anonymous and short-lived letter; and perhaps may learn from this, and other coeval (tho icís ciinent) instances, that wealth is foinetimes more useful in the hands of the clergy, than some of their lay-brethren have always been willing to allow. It
[v] may prove an occasion of letting their own equal inquiries inform them, in what hands it is more virtuously or honourably imployed, in the prosperous days of the community ; or with more public spirit, and Christian beneficence, in those of its distress. Yours, iny Lord, was then confefledly a public Fund, a pure and falutary fountain, from whence all that thirsted might draw and drink; and did so, by many thousands a day; to the saving of such a multitude of lives, as will be utterly incredible with pofterity
MAY the Providence of GOD, (clearly seen in your advancement to this high station) that Providence, which hath remarkably blessed you with very uncoinmon vigour, both of body and mind, to