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CIVIL GOVERNMENT,

IN A

COURSE OF LECTURES,

BY

J. M: MATHEWS, D. D.

“He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling is the fear of God."

2 Samuel, 23 : 3.

NEW-YORK:

ROBERT CARTER & BROTHERS,

285 BROADWAY.

1851.

ENTERED according to Act of Congress, in the year of our Lord 1850, by Rev.

J. M. MATHEWS, D. D. in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the
Southern District of New-York.

in

Printed and Stereotyped

BY D. FANSHAW,
35 Anni, corner of Nassau-st.

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PREFACE.

It was my original intention not to publish the following Lectures until they should appear as a part of the entire work on the connection between Science and Religion, which I am engaged in preparing. But I have been induced to change my purpose. They were delivered at the city of Washington in the early part of 1848, when the news reached this country apprising us of the commotions in Europe which have since formed a topic of absorbing interest to all intelligent observers of the times. The views which I have endeavored to illustrate on the relations of Civil Government to the Holy Scriptures, are thought to have an important bearing on the political revolutions then and still in progress ; and, out of deference to the request of many for whose judgment and wishes I feel a high respect, I have

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