Excerpt from The Works of the Reverend and Learned Isaac Watts, D.D, Vol. 6 of 6: Containing, Besides His Sermons, and Essays on Miscellaneous Subjects, Several Additional Pieces, Selected From His Manuscripts by the Rev. Dr. Jennings and the Rev. Dr. Doddridge, in 1753; To Which Are Prefixed, Memoirs of the Life of the Author
The author of these papers has frequently fallen into company, wherein he had occasion to converse on the topics of liberty and power, both civil and religious: And having never settled and ranged his own ideas and reasonings thereupon, in so exact and so harmonious an order as he wished, be, some years ago, sat himself down to try if he could draw out his thoughts into a regular scheme, whereby he might better confirm or correct his own conduct. He then applied himself to a diligent and faithful inquiry, without consulting other authors, how far his own reason would carry him toward the establishment of any certain religion in a country or nation, with a real desire to find a just foundation for it, and try how far it could be brought into form and method.
And that he might secure himself the better from all prejudices arising from present establishments, he proposed to himself the idea of a new' erected state or government of any kind whatsoever, laying aside all prepossessions and inﬂuences from the present statutes and customs of men, and from the appearances of things in any nation what soever, while he was engaged in these speculations.
In matters of practice he has always shewn himself, on every occasion, a constant and sincere friend and faithful subject to our British government; and as he endeavours to pay every one, in church and state, their due, so he rejoices in the protestant succession to the crown, and the illustrious family which possesses it. And it is the desire of his soul, that our present rightful sovereign, King George the Second, may have every grace and blessing poured down upon his royal person, to render him a long and glorious instrument of divine mercy, to diffuse blessings over the whole protestant world, and particularly over the British nation.
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