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THE VEN & RTR.
Lord Bishop of Rama
Xivar-Apostolic of the Wristern Distrito
0..S.B. D.D. of Sorbón. E.RS
of London & Berlin
HER BIRTH TO HER FINAL TRIUMPHANT
STATE IN HEAVEN:
CHIEFLY DEDUCED FROM THE APOCALYPSE OF ST. JOHN
THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST,
THE THIRD EDITION,
BY THE AUTHOR,
SIG. PASTORINI: pseck
Blefjed is he, that readeth and beareth the words of this prophecy.
APOCALYPSE, C. I. v. 3.
PRINTED BY P. WOGAN; NC23; OZD ĐÃIDG2",
The Editor to the Public.
It is now, about twenty-seven years, fince the General History of the Church as illustrated chiefly from the Apocalypse by Signior Pastorini, was first presented to the Public. «It was variously received, according to the various temper and dispositions of its Readers. Some did not hesitate to treat it with ridicule, as the production of a weak and visionary mind : Ochers attacked it by objections of different kinds, none of which seem to carry with them very
confiderable weight: But! the generality formed a very favourable opinion of it, and read it with equal Satisfaction and Edification. They were not a little struck by the new light, which the Author seemed to have thrown on the mysteries contained and the judgments denounced in the Prophetic Book before us. Their attention was particularly excited by his open declaration, that, He apprehended some of the leven Scourges there threatened were hastening fast to be inflicted on criminal and unrepenting Nations, and a prophetic Vial was soon to be poured out on guilty heads. He charitably therefore forewarned his Readers, to seek by fincere repentance to avert, if possible, the impending judgment, or, to be at least themselves prepared ; and not to fail to instruct their Children by every reli
gious Lesson, to be ready to receive, in the most Christian manner, the approaching awful chastisement.
These falutary admonitions were thought by those who were personally acquainted with the Author, to come from him, with singular propriety and authority: and, few seemed better qualified to penetrate into the secret recesses of the Apocalypse than He was.
Born with great natural abilities, which had been carefully improved from his Infancy by an excellent Education; blessed moreover with a heart formed for piety and virtue, He dedicated himself at an carly period of life to the study and practice of Religion. His virtue and learning soon became conspicuous not only in the line of Sacred Literature, but alike in Mathematical and Astronomical: of this last he exhibited a proof by his elaborate and accurate publications in the years 1745-6-7, &c. (see Philosophical Transactions) and by his concerninent in the introduction of the new Style in the year 1752. His Sacred and Theological Literature acquired Him the degree of Doctor of Divinity in the University of Paris, and, his Mathematical Knowledge, the honour of Fellowship of our own Royal Society and that of Berlin ; and, yet young, He was furthermore raised to the Episcopal Dignity. This sacred Dignity he held upward of 40 years, during which period He fed his flock with the bread of life and understanding, Eccles. 15. and maintained the Faith and Do&trine committed to his Trust, found and pure. When raised to the Episcopal Dignity, He then more than ever