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mirum et incredibile censendum est. Melius
Æneas,
O pater, anne aliquas ad cælum hinc ire

putandum est
Sublimes animas, iterumque ad tarda reverti
Corpora? quæ lucis miseris tam dira cupido?*

Certe G quidquam de meipfo prædicare licet, unice exopto, ut quæcunque revelavit Deus, patienter investigem, fideliter tradam, forti animo et invicto defendam. Ut doctrinam Christi vitâ atque moribus ad pietatis et virtutis normam rite compositis semper ornem. Ut supremo fpiritu exclamare liceat, vixi, et quem dederit cursum naturæ parens, peregi. Sit mihi denique libertas, evangelii ob amorem, natali solo gratior. In articulo mortis resurgendi certa spes, in ipfâ morte, alta quies, placidusque fomnus.

Ex præmislis igitur concludo, quod status animarum in intervallo mortis atque resurrectionis agentium quicquam five fentientium ex facris literis colligi nequeat.

* Virg. Æn. vi.

+ Ib. Æn. iv. 654.

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TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

OCCASIONAL OBSERVATIONS.

AND

A LETTER TO THE RIGHT REVEREND

THE BISHOP OF NORWICH,

FIRST PUBLISHED MDCCLXXV.

NOW RE-PRINTED

FROM THE THIRD EDITION,

MDCCLXXVI.

A SHORT STATE, &c.

In compliance with the suggestions of some worthy persons, who had perused a letter I sent to the bishop of Norwich previous to my resignation, I have now stated more fully my opinion, respecting the particular point of doctrine, which gave occasion to that measure: I have added some remarks concerning the spirit of protestantism, and the study of the scriptures, which I hope will not be judged unseasonable; and have subjoined the above-mentioned letter to my late diocesan.

I submit my sentiments on these subjects to the candour of the public. I would not willingly shock the feelings of any pious . christian. Let such reflect, that if I have embraced an opinion respeciing the person of our faviour, which is chargeable with heterodoxy, my declaration of such opinion cannot have the remotest tendency to the

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imposition of it on his conscience. It is in
the option of every reader to reject it, if in
his own apprehension it is abhorrent from
the doctrines of the gospel.

It has been for some time past my firm
persuasion, that the doctrine of the trinity,
as explained in the creed of Athanasius; as
propounded in the thirty-nine articles of the
church of England; as established in the li-
turgy; and further guarded by penal fanc-
tions in an act of parliament passed in the
reign of William the third, is equally con-
trary to found reason and the holy scrip-
tures. I am fully satisfied that in the di-
vine nature there is no plurality of persons ;
but that the almighty author of the universe
is, in the strictest sense of the expression,

And I think I have reason to believe, that the present openly avowed adherence of most established churches to the contrary persuasion, which does not appear to be conformable to the sentiments of christians in the earliest and the purest ages of the church, is not only one of the most powerful obstructions to the conversion of the mahometans and the jews; but is also an

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