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W I L L I A M PAL EY, D. D.

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MY LORD, To your suggestion the world is indebted for the existence of Dr. Paley's valuable work on Natural Theology. The universal and permanent esteem in which it has been held in this country, and its favourable reception in France, even after the desolating influence of the Revolution, have abundantly approved your Lordship's selection both of the

subject and of the person to whom you intrusted it.

In looking round, then, for a patron for these ILLUSTRATIONs, it was natural to have recourse to him who was the original suggester of the work which it is their object to explain. Nor was I disappointed in my wish; your Lordship not only condescending to approve of the design, but to encourage me in its prosecution by your very liberal support.

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