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more distinguished of the modern unbelievers, showing the spirit with which they generally write ; that for the most part their works consist of sarcastic wit, popular declamation, and vague intemperate railing at priests and priestcraft, without any regard to historical truth. This is a very different thing from calm discussion, and requires but fuperficial talents, and very little knowledge of human nature, or of facts. · In the Preface to the former volume of discourses I introduced some curious particulars in confirmation of the Mosaic history from the third volume of Asiatic ReSearches, and having been favoured with the perusal of Sir Laurence Parsons's Obfera vations on the Bequest of Henry Flood, Esq. with a Defence of the ancient History of Ireland, I shall here observe, that from it, it appears to me exceedingly probable, that some of the inhabitants of Ireland were a colony from the northern parts of Phenicia; that they first emigrated to Egypt, and settled on the borders of the Red sea at the time that the Israelites passed through it, which their records say was at Caperhiroth, called by Moses Pihahiroth, (the former fignifying the town of Hiroth, and the latter the mouth or harbour of the same); that some time after this they returned to their native country; that they again emigrated to some part of Spain, and at length settled in Ireland. For the proofs of these particulars, and many more concerning the same people, I must refer my readers to the work itself, which is well deserving of attention. · Every early tradition of this nature is certainly intitled to it both by believers and unbelievers in revelation, and I mention it with a view to engage this attention to so curious a circumstance in history,

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PHILADELPHIA,

March 28, 1797

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DISCOURSE I.
The moral Design of Revelation.

P ART I.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the

foul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlight. ening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever. The judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. Psalm xix. 7, &c.

IF we estimate the value of any thing by its tendency to promote happiness, nothing will appear to be of so much importance to man as virtue, or the due regulation of his appetites and passions, and consequently his moral conduct in life. The health of his body, the peace of his mind, VOL. III.

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