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Right Reverend Father in GOD CHARLES Lord Bishop of Norwich,
Clerk of the Closet to His M A JESTY.
OT only the Relation
to bear to You, as my Reverend Diocesan, but the just Sense I ever had of that truly
Religious Wisdom You have exerted as
a Bishop of this Church ; and the difficult and constant Part You have acted in Parliament, under the most critical Juncture of Affairs, may, I hope, warrant my Address of the following Papers to You.
Your Lordship’s great Abilities, and known Disposition for advancing of whatever tends to good Learning, real Piety, and the true Interests of our Reformed Religion, is what gives heart to any fincere (tho' but mean) Contributor to sue for Your favourable Protection.
MY LORD, These Papers being a Supplement to the Work
of a Pen so much Superior in every Qualification, make their approach to you with a perfect Sense how little Comparison there is between that Happy Beginning, and this Imperfect Continuation of so useful an Undertaking. They skreen themfelves therefore under Your Lordship’s Goodness and Candor; Virtues that always incline the most Able and Judicious Minds to Veil the De. fects of what is honestly defign'd for a General Good. They come also as the slender Tribute of One thankful for the Countenance and Respect You have been hitherto pleased
to favour Him with, and ever delirous to improve all the Inftances of it, to the Honour of God, and the Benefit of our Holy Religion, by a more chearful Application to the Studies of his Calling, and the Duties of his Station :
Now that God, the Saviour of his Church, would grant to Your Lordship, and the rest of our Spiritual Fathers, who have had - the Judgment to Discern, and the Courage to Defend, the real Interests of our Church and State, a prolonged and happy Lífe; wherein to reapthe present and due Reward of Univerfal Honour, Esteem, and Reverence,