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INVESTIGATION OF WHAT IS TAUGHT IN
SCRIPTURE CONCERNING THEM.
REV. DANIEL NIHILL, M. A.,
RECTOR OF FITZ, SALOP.
LATE BOOKSELLERS TO QUEEN ADELAIDE.
LONDON : HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.
The following Essay was written for the sole purpose of satisfying the inquiry of a venerable Christian friend, who desired to ascertain the Author's sentiments upon some of the questions of which it treats. It owes its publication to an opinion expressed by a few individuals to whom the manuscript was lent for perusal. To them it appeared that the subject was much out of the beaten path of Scriptural discussion, and yet one on which Revelation had often conveyed intelligence, more or less distinct, to this our lower world. And they conceived that, as it was presented under the advantage of an array of sacred texts which concern Angelic existence, it might, in the present shape, engage the attention of those who love to meditate on unseen realities,
INVESTIGATION OF WHAT IS TAUGHT IN SCRIPTURE
Our great poet Milton puts into the mouth of Adam the following beautiful passage:
“Nor think, though men were none,
Divide the night, and lift our thoughts to Heaven.” Whether Milton derived his notions upon this subject from metaphysical speculation, from Rabbinical and Patristic lore, from Scriptural instruction, or from any other source familiar to his accomplished mind, or from the combined influence of some or all of these, cannot perhaps be exactly determined. In entering upon our present inquiry it may be proper for us, in the first place, to lay down a stricter and narrower