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THE TEN & RIR
('HARLES WALMESLEY

Lord Bishop of Rama bicur Apostolic of the Western Districts

0,5.B. D.D. of Sorbón, ERS.

of London & Berlin
06. Nov. 25.47797. &1.7.5. the 40. M of his Episcopacy.

GENERAL HISTORY

. OF THE

CHRISTIAN CHURCH,
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FROM

HER BIRTH TO HER FINAL TRIUMPHANT

STATE IN HEAVEN:

CHIEFLY DEDUCED FROM THE APOCALYPSE OF ST. JOHN

THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST,

THE THIRD EDITION,

WITH A FEW ADDITIONAL REMARKS AND ELUCIDATION

BY THE AUTHOR,
• SIG. PASTORINI. psel
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Bleffed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy.

APOCALYPSE, C. 1. v. 3,

PRINTED BY P. WOGAN, NC238 OZD PRIDGE.

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 seemn to carry with them very considerable weight: But! the generality formed a very favourable opinion of it, and read it with egual 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 foine of the seven Scourges there threatened were hastening fast. to be inAlicted 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

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gious Lesson, to be ready to receive, in the most Christian manner, the approaching awful chaftisement. .

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 iinproved 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 Astronomi- . cal: of this last he exhibited a proof by his elaborate and accurate publications in the years 1745–6–7, &c. (lee Philosophical Transactions) and by his concernment 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, Ecclef. 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

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