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AND FITTED FOR THE GENERAL USE, AND CHRISTIAN
INSTRUCTION OF THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.
IN TWO VOLUMES,
The Rev. SIR ADAM GORDON, BART. M.A.
OF HINXWORTH, HERTS.
“ Ask thy Father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will
• The love of things ancient doth argue stayedness, but levity and
PRINTED FOR JOHN STOCKDALE, OPPOSITE BURLINGTON
HE EDITOR feels it incumbent upon
him to make this public acknowledgement for the favors received from his first Subscribers, it being chiefly owing to their assistance that this work hath at length made its appearance. He is no less sensible, that it becomes him to account for the additional price of the book,—this would not have taken place had the Editor found it prudent to adopt his original intention of publishing it for himself; but the very heavy rise upon paper since his first . Proposals, and the great expence of printing, rendering it a matter of too much confequence
for him to hazard; rather than his friends should be disappointed, he has presented the copy, and all his interest in it, to his bookseller ; the Editor cannot refrain exprefling his most earnest wish, that, at a time which requires such manifest reformation in the most important concerns of mankind, a work, in a manner so peculiarly adapted to that purpose, may meet with all due encouragement, A 3
That his first subscription was not so extensive as might have been expected, he attributes entirely to the inconvenience of his very retired situation, which prevented the exertions necefsary to obtain a larger testimony of particular patronage ; but that he had reason for the most sanguine hopes in the beginning, is evident from the return of names obtained by a single act quaintance, whose list amounted to nearly a third of the whole number.-This circuinstance the Editor thinks it proper to record, as a bounden tribute to the memory of a most worthy character, and valuable friend *, whose zeal in the cause, and anxiety for the Editor's success in it, deserve both praise, and grateful remembrance.
January 1, 1795
* The late reverend Robert Dingley, rector of Beaumont,
-a man deservedly beloved and respected by all whe had the honor and pleasure of his acquaintance.