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By WILLIAM HAMILTON, A.M.
Archdeacon of Armagh.
from Dr. Bonnell's private Papers.
the End of that Man is Peace, Pfal. 37. 37.
L O N DON,
tholomein. Close near Smithfield, 1707.
Τ Η Ε
IVES are usually Read with a greater
other kind of Writing; and it must be own'd, that when rightly chosen, they give us the most useful views of Humane Nature, and the justeft Representations of Virtue and Vice, with their different Consequences and Effects.
But then it's observable, that the World is chiefly fond of knowing their Story, who bave A&ed the most Embroyťd and Buhe Parts of Life; bave Commanded Armies, or marag'd Surprising Turns of State; have by Policy or War made themselves Famous, the Subject of commox Observation and Difcourse; or Hurry'd on by Ambition, and other Destructive Passions, have laid Countries Waste, and done fatal Mischiefs to Mankind.
And so far have Mens Inclinations been Gratify'd and Encourag'd that the World is dailymore and more over-stock'd with this fort of Lives, which, as commonly written bave a Fatal Influence upon our Minds, and prove very Pernicious to Religion. They give a