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HEBREWS..... JAMES..... 1. PETER...... II. PETER..... 1. JOHN....II. JOHN.
FROM THE EIGHTH LONDON EDITION.
ETHERIDGE AND BLISS, IN BOSTON.
S. Etheridge, printer, Charlestown, Massachusetts.
ADVERTISEMENT TO THE READER,
THE author of this work had written upon the title of that manuscript volume, which contained the Epistle to the Romans, the following direction. *“ N. B. If I die before this work is finished, as it is most probable I shall, I desire that it may be transcribed, as far as it goes, by Mr. Orton ; and that he would add such notes as he shall judge most proper, from my written critical notes on the epistles ; and that it may be printed by subscription, in one, two, or three volumes, as shall be judged most convenient, and according to the progress which Providence may permit me to make in it. Jan. 1, 1746-7." I think it therefore incumbent upon me to inform the subscribers what progress the author had made in this work, and what has been done to it since his death, in order to remove those suspicions which often arise concerning the authenticity of posthumous works.
When it pleased God to put a period to the author's life and labours, he had finished his Paraphrase and Improvement of the epistolary part of the New Testament, and of the book of the Revelation, and fairly wrote it out in short hand ; and had added the principal notes which he intended to publish. At the end of the manuscript volume containing the Revelation, he had wrote, “Through the good hand of God upon me, which I desire