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The true reason of my not doing it, then, is this : He burnt a good many of them himself at Paris, and, by a writing found among what were left, signified, that these were the only ones, fit to be printed; so that without acting contrary to the Bishop's opinion of his own performances, of which he was certainly the best judge, no more could, and therefore no more ought to be published : and it being from thence resolved that no more should, the only effectual way of preventing it, was, to commit the rest to the flames. Which was accordingly done, in my presence, by William MORICE, Esq., his dutiful and worthy son-inlaw and executor. To whom I take this opportunity of acknowledging myself much obliged for several considerable acts of friendship; but particularly for the benefit of publishing these pious remains of my dear friend and patron, whom I greatly admired, loved and reverenced; and to whose memory I therefore dedicate them, with a heart full of gratitude and respect.
THE SECOND VOLUME.
II. Reflections that arise from bence are
The credibility of Numa's conferences with a goddess,
The miracles said to be wrought in the East and West
Indies are reported by persons so much later than the
ance of them - ... - - - . . ib.
3. The vanity of pretences to miracles in the Romish
communion; which have been generally done pri-
1. Because their master being now in prison, they
might apprehend, if Jesus had been the Messiah,
he would have exerted his power to deliver him .
3. Their suspicions might be increased by observing,
that our Saviour's life had less appearance of out-
II, In the reply, the manner of it remarkable, because it
The matter of it remarkable,
was an instance of condescension the Jews had
before been but little acquainted with . • . ib.
that made the inquiry: for, .
timony, they are taught to judge of the Messiah by the
Secondly, miracles were a proof of our Saviour's pre-emi-
nence over their master, and were known to be one dis-
criminating mark of his being the Messiah - · ib.
them acts of benevolence, were rightly suited to insinu-