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A44287 The primitive origination of mankind, considered and examined according to the light of nature written by the Honourable Sir Matthew Hale, Knight ... Hale, Matthew, Sir, 1609-1676. 1677 (1677) Wing H258; ESTC R17451 427,614 449

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the_o case_n or_o fabric_n or_o mole_n of_o the_o structure_n itself_o and_o beside_o that_o there_o be_v certain_a additament_n that_o contribute_v to_o its_o ornament_n and_o use_n as_o various_a furniture_n rare_a fountain_n and_o aqueduct_n curious_a motion_n of_o divers_a thing_n appendicate_v to_o it_o as_o clock_n engine_n etc._n etc._n so_o in_o the_o goodly_a universe_n there_o be_v the_o great_a structure_n itself_o and_o its_o great_a integral_n the_o heavenly_a and_o elementary_a body_n frame_v in_o such_o a_o position_n and_o situation_n the_o great_a sceleton_n as_o i_o may_v call_v it_o of_o the_o world_n but_o beside_o this_o there_o be_v very_o various_a and_o curious_a furniture_n and_o accommodation_n of_o the_o universe_n as_o for_o instance_n in_o our_o inferior_a world_n various_a animal_n vegetable_n meteor_n mineral_n mixture_n and_o man_n and_o in_o the_o heavenly_a body_n various_a motion_n and_o aspect_n now_o it_o will_v be_v necessary_a for_o he_o that_o assert_v the_o eternity_n of_o the_o world_n as_o now_o it_o stand_v or_o the_o possibility_n of_o such_o a_o eternity_n to_o consider_v whether_o he_o apply_v his_o assertion_n to_o the_o whole_a world_n as_o consist_v not_o only_a of_o the_o great_a integral_n whereof_o it_o consist_v as_o the_o heavenly_a and_o possible_o the_o elementary_a body_n but_o also_o of_o that_o furniture_n thereof_o consist_v of_o man_n animal_n vegetable_n meteor_n mineral_n and_o those_o accommodation_n that_o be_v to_o it_o as_o the_o motion_n of_o the_o heavenly_a body_n or_o whether_o he_o intend_v only_o some_o part_n of_o it_o which_o seem_v more_o capable_a of_o a_o eternal_a existence_n as_o be_v more_o fix_v and_o in_o themselves_o permanent_a and_o so_o more_o able_a to_o sustain_v a_o eternal_a and_o consequent_o a_o immutable_a existence_n and_o upon_o examination_n we_o shall_v 〈◊〉_d find_v either_o of_o these_o choice_n full_a of_o incurable_a difficulty_n if_o not_o utter_a impossibility_n 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divine_a will_n undetermined_a
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shall_v afterward_o consider_v of_o those_o evidence_n of_o fact_n and_o probability_n that_o de_fw-fr facto_fw-la may_v seem_v to_o prove_v that_o mankind_n have_v their_o beginning_n in_o time_n and_o the_o objection_n against_o it_o 4._o i_o shall_v then_o descend_v to_o the_o consideration_n of_o the_o various_a supposition_n of_o those_o that_o have_v suppose_v a_o temporary_a origination_n of_o mankind_n at_o the_o present_a therefore_o i_o shall_v propound_v those_o reason_n that_o to_o i_o seem_v concludent_fw-la that_o although_o it_o may_v for_o argument_n sake_n be_v suppose_v that_o some_o part_n of_o universal_a nature_n namely_o such_o as_o be_v permanent_a and_o fix_v and_o not_o in_o fluxu_fw-la may_v be_v eternal_a yet_o it_o be_v simple_o impossible_a that_o the_o generation_n of_o mankind_n can_v be_v eternal_a in_o any_o of_o the_o four_o forego_v way_n and_o before_o i_o come_v to_o give_v my_o reason_n i_o shall_v premise_v two_o thing_n 1._o in_o relation_n to_o 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