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SIR JOHN MITFORD,
His Majesty's Solicitor-General.
Your old friend being afraid he shall never again be able to speak from his pulpit, like other considerate divines, is unwilling to have bis labours lost to the Public, and therefore prints a volume of his Sermons.
It hath been remarked, that respectable Laymen, who have turned their thoughts to religion, have been of greater service to it, than Ecclesiastics. Such men were Sir
ISAAC NEWTON-Mr. LOCKEMr. ADDISON, and some very eminent lawyers-Sir MATTHEW HALE in particular—and I am proud to mention the late excellent Sir JoSEPH YATES; whose friends knew him to be as pious, and informed a christian, as the Public“ acknowledged him to be an able and upright Judge.
In this view, a Solicitor-General may stand as properly at the head. of a volume of Sermons, as Bishop—if he be such a SolicitorGeneral, as I have every reason to believe I address-with whose character I have had the happiness of being acquainted through a period of more than thirty years.
I wish, my dear Sir, the gift were more worthy of your acceptance.But I am persuaded you have candour enough to rate the value of it, by the motive which accompanies it. Whatever
think of the book, you will receive it as a testimony of the very sincere esteem and respect, with which I am, dear Sir,
YOUR VERY AFFECTIONATE,
AND OBEDIENT HUMBLE SERVANT,
May 10, 1799.