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ship will not be unwilling that Your NAME should be inscribed on the same roll with that of Sir MATTHEW HALE. Under a persuasion that he would, with reciprocal pleasure, acknowledge My Lord ELDON, these Works, with PERMISSION, are dedicated to your Lordship,

By your Lordship's most humble,

And obedient Servant,

THOMAS THIRLWALL.

Milc-End, March 30, 1805.

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PREFACE.

The public are

now presented, for the first time, with a Collection of the Moral and Religious Treatises of Sir MATTHEW HALE, whose professional learning, indefatigable labors, and exemplary piety, ranked him amongst the brightest ornaments of his time. It may afford matter for surprise, that the productions of an author so justly celebrated, should have been so long permitted to lie in a scattered and neglected state. The veneration and esteem in which the Learned Profession deservedly holds the memory of this renowned Judge, has induced it to publish those works which fall within its peculiar province. It is high time for the Friends of Religion to follow this example, and rescue from oblivion those memorials of practical pięty and sound morality, which he has left behind.

All which remain of this description will be found in the two following volumes, with the exception of two Works; the one entitled ** A Discourse of the Knowledge of God, a 4

and

and Ourselves;" the other “ The Primitive Origination of Mankind." The omission of these arises not cither from an unfavourable opinion of their intrinsic worth, or an unwillingness to add them to the present Collection. Should the public express a wish for their appearance, they shall be published at a future opportunity, in a separate volume, which will render the

present undertaking uniform and complete.

To prepare the reader for the full benefit he may expect to receive from their perusal, I have introduced him to an acquaintance with the life and character of Hale, from the pen of Bishop Burnet, who has drawn the portrait of the venerable Judge, in the colours of truth and simplicity.

66 1 In the life of Sir Matthew Hale, we do not merely see a character improved and adorned by the Christian graces and virtues, but we behold Christianity itself substantially exemplified. We see its power to “ convert the soul," in that radical change which it effects in the youth; while every subsequent action of the man concurs to prove that the ideal character of wisdom,

See the Preface to “ Burnet's Lives and Characters," &c. printed at Dublin, 1804,

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