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To the most Reverend Father in GOD, Τ Η Ο Μ Α S. Lord ARCH-BISHOP
of Canterbury, &c.
May it please Your Grace,
O accept favourably
this Paraphrase upon St. Matthew, as an humble Expression of that Duty and Honour, which I, with all good Men, owe to your Grace, whom the efpecial Providence of God has placed in the highest Station of our Church; where by your wise Government and
and Epistle Dedicatory. pious Example you support and encourage true Religion and Virtue, which leem to be in great Danger not only from the bold Deism, but even from the many Controversies, about smaller Matters, raised and uncharitably managed among Christians, while little regard is had to the great Duties, and moft eflential Parts of Religion.
The Care, Sincerity, and Impartiality with respect to any Theological Controversies, wherewith I have endeavoured to explain in general the Doctrine and
History of our Saviqur, may, I hope, procure me Pardon for the involuntary Errors and Failings in this Performance. For as I cannot without great Presumption, fuppofc it free from Mistakes; fo I trust I have no where offered any interpretation repugnant to the fundamental Articles of our Religion, or the neceflary Rules of Holy Life. And that I might not be deceived in matters of sò great importance, I have (as I thought my self obliged to do) submitted these Papers, before they were made publick, to the view and cen