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THE RIGHT REVEREND
JOHN LAW, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF KILLALA AND ACHONRY,
AS A TESTIMONY
OF ESTEEM FOR HIS VIRTUES AND LEARNING,
AND OF GRATITUDE
FOR THE LONG AND FAITHFUL FRIENDSHIP
THE AUTHOR HAS BEEN HONOURED
THIS ATTEMPT TO CONFIRM
THE EVIDENCE OF THE CHRISTIAN HISTORY
BY HIS AFFECTIONATE
MOST OBLIGED SERVANT,
For a sick person who wants sleep
Form of recommending the soul to God in her de-
Other occasional Prayers; viz.
SCRIPTURE HISTORY OF ST. PAUL EVINCED.
Exposition of the argument.
THE volume of Christian Scriptures contains thirteen letters purporting to be written by St. Paul; it contains also a book, which, amongst other things, professes to deliver the history, or rather memoirs of the history, of this same person. By assuming the genuineness of the letters, we may prove the substantial truth of the history; or, by assuming the truth of the history, we may argue strongly in support of the genuineness of the letters. But I assume neither one nor the other. The reader is at liberty to suppose these writings to have been lately discovered in the library of the Escurial, and to come to our hands destitute of any extrinsic or collateral evidence whatever; and the argument I am about to offer is calculated to shew, that a comparison of the different writings would, even under these circumstances, afford good reason to believe the persons and transactions to have been real, the letters authentic, and the narration in the main to be true.
Agreement or conformity between letters bearing the name of an ancient author, and a received history of that author's life, does not necessarily establish the credit of either: because,
1. The history may, like Middleton's Life of Cicero, or Jortin's Life of Erasmus, have been wholly, or in part, compiled from the letters: in which case it is ma