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© H E S T E R,
By Charles Leslie, Chancellor of the Cathedral
And the same Şubject farther prosecuted,
Trinity College near Dublin.
Printed by W. B. for Char. Brome at the Gun at the West End
of St. Paul's, and Geo. Strahan at the Golden Ball againft
HE Substance of the ensuing Dilcourse was deliver'd twelve Years
ago in a Sermon at Chester ; in which and the neighbouring County it is more common than elsewhere in England to match with Diffenters, at least of one Sort, from our Church. And cross the Water in Ireland, the Examples are many of English Families, who, by marrying with the Natives, have lost their Nation as well as Religion, and are turnid mere Irishmen, as well as Papists:
Before I adventur'd to commit this to the Press, I sent it to the most learned and judicious Mr. Dodwell ; who return'd than following Letter, with his Leave to make it Publick, and to go along with this; which will make this Valuable, as being the Occa-, fion of sewing so learned a Treatise to the World. And so necessary, at this time, to revive the true Notion of the Peculium, the Holy Seed, or City of God, which He has distinguished from the rest of the World, by particular and most glorious Privileges and
A 2 Promises,
Promises in all Ages of the World, from the first Man born, even unto this Day: And has wonderfully prefero'd his miraculous Providences amidst all her Enemies; has affir'd her of a final Victory over them; and eternal Triumph, and Jubilee in Hea
This is an invincible Argument for the Truth of the Gospel, when it is shem'd, that the same Peculium which Christ has set up in His Church, had been deducid through several Oeconomies, from the Beginning of the World. And foretold by all the Prophets, from that time to the Coming of the Messiah. And that. Fold of the Sheep being finally separated from the Goats, makes up the two eternal States of Heaven and Hell.
It is likewise the most Forceable Persuasive that can be to the restoring of a Catholick Cominunion and Unity among
all Christan Churches, the Members of this one Body.
And also it is the truest Light and Rule phereby to govern the Discipline of every particular Church within her self, all with due Respect to the preserving and supporting the true Notion and Prerogatives of the Peculium.
Among which, this of Marriage is a principal Part, which has been forgotten and neglected amongst Vs and other Commu. nions, contrary to both Their and Our Principles.