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PART I...Of the direct Historical Evidence of Christianity, and wherein it
is distinguished from the evidence alleged for other miracles.
HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND
JAMES YORK, D. D.
LORD BISHOP OF ELY.
WHEN five years ago, an important station in the University of Cambridge awaited your Lordship’s disposal, you were pleased to offer it to me.
The circumstances, under which this offer was made, demand a public acknowledgment. I had never seen your Lordship : I possessed no connexion which could possibly recommend me to your favour: I was known to you, only by my endeavours, in common
, with many others, to discharge my duty as a tutor in the University; and by some very imperfect, but certainly well intended, and, as you thought, useful publications since. by no means wanting in examples of honourable patronage, although this deserve not to be mentioned, in respect to the object of your Lordship's choice, it is inferior to none, in the purity and disinterestedness of the motives which suggested it.
How the following work may be received, I pretend not to foretel.
My first prayer concerning it is, that it may do good to any: my
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