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THE REV.DANIEL WATERLAND, D.D.
MASTER OF MAGDALENE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE,
CANON OF WINDSOR,
ARCHDEACON OF MIDDLESEX;
NOW FIRST COLLECTED AND ARRANGED.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
AUTHOR'S LIFE AND WRITINGS,
WILLIAM VAN MILDERT, D. D.
LORD BISHOP OF LLANDAFF.
AT THE CLARENDON PRESS.
JOSEPH CLARKE, M.A.
THE following Discourses require no other recommendation than what the title-page will give them, by acquainting the world, that they are the works of the late Dr. Daniel Waterland; a person, whose learning and judgment were equalled by nothing, but his candour and humility. I shall not attempt to draw a character, which, if there were need of any, would require, and hath accordingly had, a more able hand to do justice to the subject. A very ingenious writer a hath already obliged the world with a just and lively description of this great and good man; and amidst all the beauties of oratory, hath kept within the strictest bounds of historical truth. But Dr. Waterland was sufficiently known to his cotemporaries; and his works will deliver him down with honour to posterity: he wants neither marbles nor epitaphs to fence against oblivion : by his learned defences of Christianity, he hath raised himself a perpetual monument; and hath rendered it needless to have his character drawn by any other pen, from the reputation he hath acquired by his own. I cannot help just mentioning the public stand he made against Arianism, when supported by one, whose great reputation for learning had, both at home and abroad, been justly acknowledged: a cause wherein his adversaries were silenced by the force of his arguments; and that over-forward gentleman, who put our Author's Queries to the press without his consent or knowledge, (Queries sent him in friendly letters, and by way of private correspondence only b) soon found reason to repent (I do not say he did repent) of his conduct.
In these, and many other learned tracts upon the most abstruse and difficult points, his notions are so clear, and
a Mr. Seed's Sermon on occasion of the Death of Dr. Waterland: preached at Twickenham Chapel, January 4, 1740-1. Printed for R. Manby, over-against the Old Bailey, on Ludgate Hill.
1. Vid. Waterland's Preface to his Vindication of Christ's Divivity, vol. i. VOL. IX.