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Printed by S. Gosnell, Little Queen Street,
AND T. JOHNSTON, DUBLIN.
I beg leave to inscribe the folJowing Treatise to your name, not in the formality of a dedication, but as a real expression of esteem and gratitude; and in some hope it may be a present, not altogether unacceptable to you, either on account of the argument, or of the author.
Your hearty affection for the Christian Revelation will make you sensible of the high importance of supporting the Mosaical Revelation, as the reference they have to each other is so great, that the authority of both must stand or fall together. It will be some satisfaction to a mind so well formed as yours, to a love of truth, to perceive the reasons and the uses of the Hebrew ritual of worship appearing in the barmony of all its parts; that the ritual itself is so far from showing any marks of superstition, that, on the contrary, it every where shows a wise and good design to prevent all superstition and idolatry, and to promote the useful ends of a revelation every way worthy of God. An honest attempt to serve so good a cause, will, I am sure, meet with your favourable acceptance.
For myself, Sir, I have always esteemed it a singular happiness of my life, that I was honoured, in my early years, with the acquaintance of that excellent gentle. man, the latę Sir John Hartopp, your father; and that you have continued the honour of your friendship to me, for so many years since
And I please myself with the hopes that you will accept, with your usual goodness, what I now humbly offer to you, with my best wishes for
best prosperity and happiness.
In partieular, that virtue and piety may long continue to be, as they have long been, the honours of the Hartopp family, is the hearty prayer of,
Your most faithful,