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By EDWARD WELLS, D. D.
Rector of Cotesbach in Leicestershire.
The Second EDITION.
S it is an Happiness
so it is an Happinefs of Gentlemen above the meaner Part of Mankind, tbat, being free'd from the Common and Bodily Employments of Life, they bave Leisure to exercise their Reason in more Noble Studies : Among which may justly be reckoni'd the Study of Mathematicks.
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For as it is one Branch of the Transcendent Excellency of GOD, that He is the infinitely Wise Creator of all Things; so it is one Branch of the Excellenty of Man, that He is able to contemplate and apprehend the infinite Wisdom of bis Creator, manifested in the Works of the Creation : Whereunto Nothing conduces more than the Knowledge of Mathematicks. For we are afured (+) by the wisest of Men, that GOD has order'd all Things in Measure, Number, and Weight, that is, according to the Rules of Mathematicks :
(+) Wisdom of Solomon, Chap. 11. Ver. 20.
And therefore, He that would rightly apprehend the Excellent Order or Contrivance of the Creation, must firft understand the Sciences relating to Measure, Number, and Weight, that is, the several Parts of Mathematicks.
And, fince GOD sends no One into the World, to be idle, or only to take Lis Paftime therein ; but the more He has free'd Gentlemen from bodily Labour, tbe more He expects they should exercise the Faculties of their Minds, in order to bis greater Glory, by raising their Minds to more clear and sublime Apprehensions of his Divine Perfečtions ; and since