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Yc are not under the Law, but under GRACE. The LAW was our Schoolmatter to bring us to CHRIST; who bath changed the Custonas which Moses delivered.Rom. 6.14. Gal. 3.24. Acts, 6. 4.
The Law was gren by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Chritt, And by him all that
believe are justified firm all Things. from wbich ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses. John,1.17
Whole Duty of Man,
A Christian :
Witb DEVOTIONS propr. for several Occasions.
EORG E the Second, by the Grace ofiGod, King of Great Britain, France, and
Greeting : WHEREASOur Prylty and Well-beloved Edward Wickseed, of our City of London, Bookfellet, hath hinibly represented uito us, that he is now Printing a New Edition (with great improvements) of a Work; Entitled,
The New Whole Duty of Man. * Containing the Faith as well as Practice of a Chriftian, made easy for the Praktice of, " the Present Age, as, the OLD W Hole Duty of Man was designed. for those unbappy “•Time in wbicbit was writies; and supplying the Articles of the Christian Faith, “ wbich are wanting in ibat Book, to
Essentially necessary to. Salvation. “ Necessary for all Families : wirb Devotions proper for several Occasions." And whereas the said Edward Wickfited has informed us, that the said Work has been perfected with great Labour, Study, and Expence, He has therefore humbly prayed us to AUTHORISE, and grant to him, the said Edward Wickheed, Our Royal Privilege and Licence for the sole Printing, Publijning, and Vending the said Work, &c. We being graciously incßined to give all due Encouragement to Works that may be
Of Publick Use and Benefit, and especially to those of this Kind, which so greatly tend to ebe Advancement of Religion, and the general Good and Benefit of Mankind, .ARE pleased to condescend to his Request, and DO, by these Presents, (as far as may be agreeable to the Statute in that Case made and provided); AUTHORISE, and grant to the faid Edward Wicksteed, his Executors, Administrators and i Afligns, our Royal Privilege and Licence for the sole Printing, Publishing, and Vending the said Work, together with all and all manner of Amendments, Corrections, Alterations, and Additions of or to the fame, &c. ftrictly forbidding and probibiting all our Subjects within our Kingdoms and Dominions to reprint; abridge, or extract the same, or any Part or Parts thereof, either in the like, or in any other Volume or Volumes whatsoever ; Or to import, buy, vend, utter, or difribute any copies thereof, ; or of any part or Parts thereof, printed or reprinted beyond the Seas, &c. without the AUTHORITY, Consini, or Approbation of the said Edward Wickseed, his Executors, Administrators, or Afligns, by Writing under his or their Hands and Scals first had and obtained, as they and every of them offending herein will answer the contrary at their Peril, and such other Penalties as by the Laws and Statutes of our Realms may be in.! flicted. WHEREOF the Commissioners and other Officers of our Cuftoms, the Master, Wardens, and Company of Sininers of London, and all other Officers and Ministers, whom it may concern, are to take Notice, that a Arie Obedience be given to our Plea. jore herein signified. Gives at our Court at St. James's, 60,
By his Majesty's Command,
To the R E A D E R. THE
HE following reasons, I hope, will justify me to a
candid and considerate reader, for publishing this Whole Duty of Man; and, I trust, they are also sufficient to remove and prevent any prejudices, that at first appearance may possibly be entertained or suggested against it.
It being now near one hundred years since the publication of the Old Whole Duty of Man, it need not be matter of surprise to any, if the generality of readers begin to be but á little affected by that work.
The cause of which dislike is to be ascribed in a great measure, I presume, to the distance of those times in which that treatise was wrote ; for not only the words, but the manner of expression, and the ways and methods of treating such subjects are, and ought to be, very different now from what they were formerly. And tho' I am far from denying that a vein of sound learning and morality is visible throughout that book, or that it was well adapted for those unhappy times of strife and confufion in which it was written; *yet all this lying under the forementioned disadvantages, it is apprehended the people of the present age are never like to be better reconciled to it. “ For the case in reality was this: during the time of confusion, many of the preachers (and writers) had not only forborne to inculcate the duties of morality, but had laboured to depreciate them ; to persuade the people that faith was all, and works nothing. And therefore, in order to take off those unhappy impressions, the Clergy found themselves obliged to inculcate, with more than ordinary diligence, the necessity of moral duties in the christian life, and to labour to restore them to their proper share in the christian scheme.” of Besides, A
The OLD Whole Duty of Man, as appears by Dr. Hammond's Letter, dated Alarch 1657, was first published under the usurpation of Oliver Cromwell, who had subverted the constitution both in church and fiole.
† See the Bishop of London's ad paftoral letter, page 64, &vo Edition.