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Mr. Foxcroft's funeral Sermon

FOR
The Reverend Mr. Wadsworth,

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Elisha lamenting after the GOD of Elijah,

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Funeral Sermon

Preach'd at Boston, March 27. 1737. a
Occasion d by the DeAT#

of the Reverend
Mr. BENJAMIN WADSWORTH,

Late President of Harvard-College in Cambridge, and

formerly Pastor of the Old Church in Boston.

WHO departed this Life on March 16th,
Having just enter'd the 68th Year of his Age,

By Thomas Forcroft,
Sometimes Colleague-Paftor with him,

2 Kin. 3. 11. Here is Elisha, which poured Water on the Hands

of Elijah.
2 Tim. 3. 10. Thou hast fully known my Do&trine, manner of

Life, l'urpose, Faith, Longsuffering, Charity, Patience.

BOSTON, New England,
Printed by T. Fleet, for SAMUEL ELIOT in Cornhill,

and John PARKER at the Head of the Town
Dock, 1737

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To the Old or First Church

in BOSTO N.

Dearly Beloved,

TT was à fincere and high Respeet for the Memory of 1 my Reverend Father, your late excellent Paftor, toI gether with a Viete to your Edification, which indu

ced me to entertain you, in my publick Discourse on the Sabbath after his Funeral, with some Meditations suited to the mournful Occasion of his Death: and I doubt not, the same Principles had their Influence in putting You upon fo unanimous a Vote, to ask a Copy for the Press.

I need not observe to You, with what Disadvantages a Performance of this Nature from me (under my present Indifpofitions) must appear; while the neceffary Care of my broken Health forbids that Application of Thought and Care of Exactness, proper in preparing and publishing a Sermon on such a Subječt and Occasion : which would have fuffici ently pleaded in my Excuse, if I had declir'd the Press. However, in Deference to your Judgment and Request, I bave sacrific'd my own Inclinations; and venture into the publick Light, boping for the same Candour to an imperfet Discourse from others in the reading, as ļt met with from You in the bearing. It must be allow'd, that an affe&ted Niceness of Method and Ornainents of Language make but an odd Figure in a melancholy Funeral Sermon : and therefore I give you mine very much in its original inaccurate Dress; tho with some few Additions, which the scant Limits of a single Hour obliged me to omit in the Pulpit.

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