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Interspersed with Various
In which (among other Things)
And he hall be like a tree planted by the rivers of
water, that bringeth forth bis fruit in his season.
By the Author of Revelation Examin'd with Candour.
BOOK III. VOL. III.
L 0 N D 0 N:
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 myself; unless merely in the manner of professing that veneration and esteem, which is borne you, alike, by every man of this nation; where you are juftly 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, interpofed between the living and the dead, and the plague was stayed.
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'ieis eminent) instances, that wealth is foinetimes inore useful in the hands of the clergy, than some of their lay-brethren have always been willing to allow. It unay 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 confciledly a public Fund, a pure and falutary fountain, from whence all that thirsted might draw and drink ; and did fo, by many thousands a day; to the saving of such a multitude of lives, as will be utterly incredible with posterity.