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P R E FACE.
W H EN I published the two V former Volumes of my Brother's Pofthumous Sermons, my Defign was soon after to have printed two Volumes more. And accordingly, a sufficient number was selezted for that purpose, and prepared for the Press. Part of which, with the two Sermons reprinted, make up this third Volume.
It is needless to trouble the Reader with the Reasons why this DeJign has been so long delayed; and the two intended Volumes at length dropt into One. Indeed, if this had been delayed much longer, I should scarcely have ever publised it at all: ; for, after the Bookseller bad undertaken to usher it into the world, the A 2
decay of fight came so fast upon me, that I was not able to correct the Press beyond the three first meets, bụt was forced to commit the care of that work to other hands.
The most material of the Errata that have been observed by those that supplied my place fball be fei down; and the Reader is desired to correet them with his Pen. And I muft here desire him to supply an omission, and correct a mistake in the Preface to the First Volume (which was not discovered. till after the Book was publifbed) p. 8. 1. 21. after Bisbop Talbot, add March 16, 1711-12; and p.: 9. 7. 8. for Dec. 12, read Dec. 21.
Notwithstanding the Censure of Some Minute Philosophers, who sneer at Scripture Orthodoxy—-set up Reason against Revelation-and like Doctrines never the better for being founded on the Gospel I am thoroughly persuaded the Judgment
of those Friends was right, who ad-
mer Volumes; which, as they were
complied with the earnest importuni-
Notice has been taken, where ne-
A C E. of it; that though this Sermon bad been feveral times preached as a Chas rity Sermon, it was not my design to publish it as such ; and the Addition for Charity was expressly ordered to be omitted; yet, as it happened by some neglect or mistake to be printed off, before I was acquainted with it, I thought it better to let it fand as it was, than to cancel two leaves on that account.
fin. !, 1763.
CON TEN TS.
SERMON 1. Preached on the first Sunday after Induction,
The Relative Duties of CLERGY and
For the priests lips should keep knowledge,
and they should seek the law at his mouth : for he is the messenger of the Lord of bøfts.
Family Religion recommended,
Josh. xxiv. 15. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
SE R M O N III.
Preached on CHRISTMAS DAY.
The Circumstances of CHRIST'S BIRTH practically considered.