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MIN ERAL AND MOSAIC AIL
REVISED, AND ENLARGED WITH RELATION TO THE
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** Singulare remedium antidotumque exhibet philosophiA contra ** infidelitatem et errores. Nam Salvator noster inquit, * Erratis * nescientes scRIPTURAs et PoTENTIAM DEI.' Ubi duos libros, ne “ in errores incidamus, proponit nobis evolvendos : primo, voLUMEN “ scRiPTURARUM, quæ voluntatem Dei, dein, voLUMEN cREATURARUM,
“ quæ potentiam revelant.” BAcoN, DE AUGMENt. ScieNt. lib. i. tom. iv. p. 40.
I AM sensible that the first use which I ought to make of this preface, is to apologise for troubling the world again, so soon after submitting to its judgment my observations on The Primary Argument of the Iliad. The best apology which I can offer, is the assurance, that neither of these tracts has been newly or hastily taken into hand; but, that they have lain by me for many years, and have been occasionally revised, extended, or curtailed, according as later materials have fallen
When Varro published his treatise upon Agriculture, he alleged; “ annus octogesimus “ admonet me, ut sarcinas colligam antequam “ proficiscar de vita.” No one of common sense, will wait in the expectation of such a monitor. Short of the term of the vivacious Varro, every reflecting person will be sensible of a period, in which it is prudent to begin sarcinas colligere. This motive has induced me to allow treatises, upon subjects so widely different, to follow each other so soon; and I request, that the same motive may be favourably received as a general apology, should the present . tract not be the last thus adventurously put forward.
With respect to the argument of the present work, it is my wish not to anticipate it in a preface; but, to leave it to unfold itself to the reader in the perusal. I shall, therefore, only briefly and summarily state; that the FIRST and SECOND PARTs treat, separately, of the MoDE of the FIRST FORMATIONS of the Earth, according to the Mineral, and the Mosaical