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WILLIAM PALEY, D.D.
ARCHDEACON OF CARLISLE.
A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.
IN FIVE VOLUMES.
EVIDENCES OF CHRISTIANITY.
PRINTED FOR THOMAS TEGG, 73, CHEAPSIDE;
G. AND J. ROBINSON; G. OFFOR; AND J. EVANS AND CO.: ALSO,
THE HONOURABLE AND RIGHT REVEREND
JAMES YORK, D. D.
LORD BISHOP OF ELY.
WHEN, five years ago, an important station in the University of Cambridge awaited your Lordship's disposal, you were pleased to offer it to me. The circumstances under which this offer was made demand a public acknowledgment. I had never seen your Lordship; I possessed no connexion which could possibly recommend me to your favour; I was known to you only by my endeavours, in common with many others, to discharge my duty as a tutor in the University; and by some very imperfect, but certainly well intended, and, as you thought, useful publications since. In an age by no means wanting in examples of honourable patronage, although this deserve not to be mentioned in respect of the object of your Lordship's choice, it is inferior to none in the purity and disinterestedness of the motives which suggested it.