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ARCHDEACON OP SALOP,

IN THE DIOCESE OF LICHFIELD AND COVENTRY.

In Prophetijs explicandis, semper patuit, et patere debet, omnibus Dei honorem amantibus campus liber. Qui ininimam vim verbis facit, qui confusa distinguit, qui historias apertas vaticiniis quan commodissime aptat, plus semper apud æquos judices referet gratiæ.

GROTIUS.

LONDON:

HER MAJESTY,

PRINTED FOR J. II ATCHARD, BOOKSELLER TO

190, PICCADILLY,

By J. BRETTELL, Marshall Street, Golden Square,

1805.

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Tappan Presb. Resor . 1-12-1933.

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INTRODUCTION.

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The Prophecies of the Apocalypse, though illustrated by commentators of all ages, have not been so successfully explained, as to afford general satisfaction. From the interpretations most commonly received, many of the learned have withholden their assent; and doubts have been expressed, whether we are yet in possession of the fortunate clues to be derived from human sagacity or Divine inspiration; or of the necessary aids of learning; or of the events in history; which, at some future period, may be destined to ascertain the completion of these predictions.

Under such circumstances, opportunity is fairly afforded for attempts to explain this mystical book by new methods of inquiry. And, while the rash precipitancy of the enthusiastic and unqualified interpreter is to be discouraged, indulgence will justly be thougt dur to those', who with pious caution, witla laborious investica

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