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HISTORICAL FACTS.

In section 14, of the same chapter, he says, "But yet the Primitive Christians were very much in the right of it, who voluntarily observed not only those laws which were given in common to all men, but those which were peculiarly designed for the Hebrew people; nay, and extended the bounds of modesty to some farther degrees of relation, that in this virtue too, as well as in all others, they might excel the Jews. And that this was done early, with universal consent, appears from the Canons. St. Austin, speaking of cousin-germans, both by the father and mother, marrying among Christians, 'They,' says he, 'seldom practise what the law allowed; because, though the law of God has not forbid it, they dreaded, however, a warrantable action, for its nearness to what is unwarrantable.'"

And to all the evidence in regard to the judgment of this learned man, on the question already presented, may be added this: That in his comment on Levit. 18:18, (where, if anywhere, had he believed it lawful for a man to marry his deceased wife's sister, he would have asserted the lawfulness of such a marriage,) he is silent on the point. He there gives