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CONTAINING THE FIRST BOOK OF
A TREATISE ON CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE,
COMPILED FROM THE HOLY SCRIPTURES ALONE.
CHARLES R. SUMNER, D.D.
LORD BISHOP OF WINCHESTER.
A New Edition, Revised and Corrected.
HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN.
CONTENTS OF VOLUME IV.
BOOK I.-OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.
CHAP. I.—Of the Christian Doctrine, and the several parts thereof;
namely Faith, or the Knowledge of God: and Love, or the
CHAP. III. Of the Divine Decrees; General and Special
CHAP. VII. Of the Creation of the World, and of all things visible
CHAP. XIII.—Of the Death of the Body
CHAP. XIV. Of Man's Restoration, wherein of Redemption; and
of Christ as Redeemer
CHAP. VIII. Of the Providence of God, or of his General Govern-
ment of the Universe, ordinary and extraordinary
CHAP. IX. Of the Special Government of Angels, good and evil. 113
CHAP. X.-Of the Special Government of Man before the Fall; in-
cluding the Institutions of the Sabbath and of Marriage
CHAP. XI. Of the Fall of our first Parents, and of Sin
CHAP. XV. Of the Office of the Mediator, and of his threefold
CHAP. XVI.-Of the Administration and Objects of Redemption,
comprising the Humiliation and Exaltation of Christ
CHAP. XVII.-Of Man's Renovation, including his Calling
CHAP. XXI.-Of being engrafted in Christ, and its effects, viz.
CHAP. XXII.-Of Justification through Faith
CHAP. XXIV. Of Union and Fellowship with Christ and the
Saints, wherein is considered the Mystical or Invisible Church
CHAP. XXV.-Of Imperfect Glorification; wherein are considered
CHAP. XXVI.-Of the Manifestation of the Covenant of Grace,
written and unwritten, and herein of the Mosaic Law
CHAP. XXVII. Of the Gospel, wherein is considered our Enfran-
chisement from the Law of Moses; and of Christian Liberty
CHAP. XXVIII.-Of the Outward Signs of the Covenant of Grace,
viz. Circumcision and the Passover; Baptism and the Lord's
CHAP. XXIX.-Of the Visible Church, Universal; its Ordinary and
Extraordinary Ministers, and the People
CHAP. XXX. Of the Holy Scriptures
CHAP. XXXI.-Of Particular Churches, their Ministers, viz.
Presbyters and Deacons; and their People
CHAP. XXXIII. Of Perfect Glorification; including the Second
Advent of Christ, the Resurrection of the Dead, the last Judge-
To enter into a preliminary discussion of the doctrines or opinions contained in the present volume, seems, properly speaking, to be no necessary part of the Translator's duty. After stating, therefore, in the first place, the circumstances under which the original manuscript was discovered, and the reasons for considering it as the long lost theological work of Milton, it will be sufficient to subjoin, as briefly as possible, a few remarks chiefly relating to certain peculiarities in the following treatise, by which it is distinguished from the author's other compositions.
From information communicated by Robert Lemon, sen. Esq. Deputy Keeper of His Majesty's State Papers, who has lately completed from the documents under his care an entire series of the Order-Books of the Council of State during the Interregnum, it appears that Milton retired from active official employment as Secretary for Foreign Languages, about the middle of the year 1655. The following entry occurs under the date of April 17 in that year:
"The Councell res ed the debate upon the report made from the Committee of the Councell to whom it was referred to consider of the establishment of the Councell's contingencies.
‘Ordered.... . . That the former yearly Salary of Mr. JOHN MILTON, of Two Hundred Eighty-Eight Pounds, &c., formerly charged on the Councell's contingencies, be reduced to One Hundred and Fiftie Pounds per annum, and paid to him, during his life, out of His Highness' Exchequer."
This sum must have been intended as a retiring pension in consideration of past services, as it is evident from another entry, under the same date, that a successor was already appointed, at a reduced salary, to discharge the duties of the situation which Milton had previously occupied.
"For the Fee of Mr. Philip Medows, Secretary for the Latine Tongue, after the rate of. From this time it is presumed that Milton ceased to be employed in public business, as his name does not again occur in the
per annum. £200 0 0"