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PUBLISHED BY GEO; HOWORTH, & M'CARTY & DAVIS.

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HS 425 -H32 1819

EXPLANATION OF THE FRONTISPIECE.

The oval in the centre is an engraving from an : antient painting in the Herculaneum.

The figures at the sides and bottom are explained in the dissertation, in the latter part of this volume, which was written to vindicate, to some of the author's learned friends, the explication he ventured to give of that passage in the book of Revelations, which is the subject of the Fifth Discourse.

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PREFACE.

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SEVERAL of these discourses have been delivered before the GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTs, in discharge of my office of GRAND CHAPLAIN. Some of them have been already published, in a pamphlet form, at the request, and for the accommodation of the particular lodges at whose consecration they were delivered: but, as their circulation was limited, many of the bre

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