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READER, if the opinion of an individual, no clearer sighted than thyself, is worthy of being recorded, 'tis frankly given, sincerely felt, but still modestly laid down; rather courting investigation from the learned and industrious, than venturing to lead thee to a dependence on the judgment of a fallible human being, in the summing up the fulfilment of prophecies, predictions, and revelations, which have led the clearest judgments astray, and baffled the most discerning. In the common walks of life, a letter, an agreement or transaction of business, nay, even a legal deed for a specific purpose, can hardly be drawn out, but it will bear, on minute examination, one, two, or perhaps more, interpretations. If such is the case, and if oracular and prophetic language is still more obscure, and more difficult of comprehension till its fulfilment, no charge of imbecility can attach to an ignorance of, or misapprehension
of, its true and literal meaning: such must plead my excuse, and I hope, in this instance, clear me from the charges of vanity or folly.
With respect to the French revolution, and the overthrow of the papal authority, I look upon them clearly foretold by St. Cesaire and others. The subversion of the papal authority has taken place under Napoleon, as predicted in Bishop Newton's Prophecies; but the destruction of Rome I do not expect will be realized before 1847--8: prior to which time a general attempt will be made to restore the papal authority throughout all countries that have acknowledged its supremacy; and which, I am fearful, will cause much massacre and bloodshed in Great Britain, the catholic cause being assisted by interests of great weight and authority. This attempt will bring forward a mighty character, who is to conquer as much by the tongue as by the sword : he will restore the Jewish nation, and overthrow Mahometanism; making the name of England greater, and more worthy of being termed Great, than it has ever yet been. The foundation-stone of this greatness, planted on a rock, is already laid: and at the time her rulers were priding themselves on their triumphs by land and by sea, their control over foreign cabinets, and the lead they were allowed to take in the affairs of the world, their false vanity was to work its own downfall, by the display of such gross imbecility, as will make them the laughing-stock of the world; and finally, by the exposure of the want of those resources, by which the system of false greatness was upheld, make
for that great and rational system of real glory, founded on the circulation of the Gospel, the general diffusion of knowledge, the overthrow of despotism, and destruction of bigotry, which England, and the world through her, have already commenced; and which I trust will be effected without the effusion of blood, except as far as regards the attempt to restore papacy. Twenty-eight years are still allowed to effect these great and mighty events, and the total destruction and burning of Rome, in a manner as complete as that of Jerusalem. Then shall the world enjoy uninterrupted peace and tranquillity for 500 years. Happy are those who may live to see these days! But still more happy those nations and those individuals, who have softened rather than increased the infliction of the divine wrath