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Whole Duty os Man,
The Taitb as well as Practice
For ihePrael/ee of Xhe Present Age,
_4f A- Oxn&tbolc Th«p of jRan ■**» ,/efign'djhr
Supplying the Articles
The Christian jftttb,
Which are Wtyrixo in that Ji<>ek.
Essentially necellary to Salvation.
Isercfsary for . Ill Families,
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•fyEORG E the Second, by the C race !ofi Cod, KingNjs Grejt Britain, Travel, and <\j- Inland, Defender of the Faithr6f«. To al*, to, whom these Presents shall come,
Greeting: WHEMASyOur "frijstj and VSJell-.elijved Edward Wicksteed, of our: [City of London, BoHkseftej, talK bumWy represented u4to us,,that he it now Printing !a Nctu Edition (wilbgieat Anfrovements) of a Work; Entitled, ,
The New Whole Duty of Man.
!*' Containing the Faith at well as Practice of a Christian, made easy for the PraSict of "the iPsJent Vfee, as\ the O KD. V(Hole Uuty of Man wat designed, fir those unhappy f7inm ih which it was written ; and supplying the Articles of the Christian Faith, . .'*' which are wanting in that Book, tho*
Essentially necessary to. Salvation. »
*e Neccjj'ary fir all Families : with Devotions proper for several Occasions" Ano whereas the said Edward Wicksteed has informed us, that the said Work ha* jfceen perfected with great Labour, Study, and Expence, He has therefore humbly prayed us ^'AUTHORISE/and grant V: him,' the said Edward Wicksteed, Our Royal Privilege and Licence for the Sole Printing, Publishing, and fending the said Work, &c. . •'
W E being graciously jncljired tq give all due Encouragement to Works that may be
Of Publick Use and Benefit,
and especially to those ofthis Kind, which so greatly tend- to the Advancement ef Religion, find the general Good and Benefit os Mankind, .are pleased to condescend to his Request, and DO, by these Presents, (as far as may be agreeable to the Statute in that Cafe made and provided).A)UTHOP.I,SE. apdgrant to the said Edward, Wicksteed, hij Executors, Administrators'and'Assigns, oui> Royal Privilege and Licence for the soli Printing, Publishing, and fending the said Work, together with all and all manner of Amendments, Corrections, Alterations, and Additions of or to the fame, &c.stri£tly forbidding and prohibiting all our Subjects within Our Kingdoms and Dominions to reprint; abridge, or ex-' lra/1 the fame, or any Part or Parts thereof, cither in the like, or in any other Volume er Volumes whatsoever ;, Ot( to impert, buy, vend, utter, or distribute any Copies thereof,; or of any Part or Parts thereof, printed or reprinted beyond the Seas, &c. without the AUTHORITY, Cons, nt, or Approbation of the said Edward Wicksteed, his Executors, i Administrators, o* Assigns,:by Writing under his or their Hands and Seals first had and' obtained, as they and every of them offending herein will answer the contrary at their [ Veril, and such other Penalties as by the Laws and Statutes of our Realms may be indicted. Whereof the Commissioners' and other Officers of our Customs, the Master, Wardens, and Company of Stationers of London, and all other Officers and Ministers, whom it may concern, are to take Notice, that a strict Obedience be givsn to our Plealare herein signified.
To the READ E R.
THE following reasons, I hope, will justify me to a candid and considerate reader, for publishing this Whole Duty of Man j and, I trust, they are also sufficient to remove and prevent any prejudices, that at first appearance may ppsiibly 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 a 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 confusion 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 thatfaith 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." -J- Besides,
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• The OLD Whole Duty of Man, as appears by Dr. Hammond's Letter, dated March 1657, was first published under the usurpation of Oliver Cromwell, who had
subverted the constitution both in church and fate.
t See the Bistiop ot London's :d pastoral letter, page 64, Sv