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DISSERTATIONS

ON

THE PROPHECIES,

WHICH

HAVE REMARKABLY BEEN FULFILLED,

AND AT

THIS TIME ARE FULFILLING IN THE WORLD.

BY THOMAS NEWTON, D.D.,

LATE LORD BISHOP OF BRISTOL.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THOMAS TEGG, 73, CHEAPSIDE;

R. GRIFFIN AND CO., GLASGOW ; TEGG AND CO., DUELIN ;

ALSO

J. AND S. A. TEGG, SYDNEY AND HOBART TOWN,

MDCCXXXIX.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY J. HADDON, CASTLE STREET, FINSBURY.

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MAY IT PLEASE YOUR GRACE,

WITH your wonted condescension and goodness, to accept this offering from my hands, as a testimony of my veneration for Your GRACE, and of my gratitude for your favors to

A work of this kind I could not indeed address to any one so properly as to Your GRACE, on account of your eminent station, and much more on account of your amiable qualities, and more still as I have the happiness to live under your peculiar jurisdiction : and Your Grace is very kind in permitting me to inscribe it to your name, which kindness I will not abuse by the usual style of dedications. Your Grace's virtues are so well known, and so universally esteemed, as to stand in need of no commendation, and much less of mine.

I would rather beg leave to apprise Your Grace, and the reader, of the design of these Dissertations : which is not to treat of the prophecies in general, nor even of those prophecies in particular which were fulfilled in the persons and actions of our Saviour; but only of such as relate more immediately to these latter ages, and are in some measure receiving their accomplishment at this time. What first suggested the design, were some conversations formerly with a great General,* who had for many years the chief commands in the army, and was a man of good understanding, and of some reading, but unhappily had no great regard for revealed religion or the clergy. When the prophecies were urged as a proof of revelation, he constantly derided the notion, asserted that there was no such thing, and that the prophecies which were pretendea, were written after the events. It was immediately replied that thougl such a thing might with less scruple and more confidence he Jilirmed of some prophecies fulfilled long ago, yet it could never be proved of any: the contrary might be proved almost to a demonstration; but it could not be so much as affirmed of several prophecies, without manifest absurdity; for there were several prophecies in Scripture, which were not fulfilled till these later ages, and are fulfilling even now, and consequently could not bo framed after the events, but undeniably were written and pub. lished many ages before. He was startled at this, and said he

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