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Right Reverend Father in God,
J Ο Ν Α Τ Η Α Ν,
By Divine Permiflion,
Lord Bishop of WINCHESTER,
A N D
Prelate of the Most Noble Order of the
May it please Your Lordship,
O accept this public Testimony of
Gratitude, from a man who stands indebted to Your LORDSHIP for many favours, great in themselves, but made much greater by your free and generous manner of conferring them. For they were not the effects of importunity, or the just rewards of doinestic service ; they sprang not from dependence, or acquaintance; being bestowed on one, who was (at the first) little known to your Lordship, otherwise than by his honeft endeavours to retrieve those Synodical Rights of the
clergy, whereof you, my LORD, have been all along, to your great honour, the avowed patron and defender.
I mention not this instance of your Lordship's goodness to me, with any view of distinguishing myself from others. For you havedoucnothing in my case, but what you have frequently practised since the time that divine providence, for the good of this church, raised you to the episcopal dignity; nothing, but what hath been succeslively acknowledged by all those who have prefixed your right reverend name to their Jabours, from the learned and venerable Dr. Pocock, down to the mean Author of the following Sermons. And, while your Lordship continues to repeat the fame acts of generosity, you must be contented to receive the very fame ac, knowledgements; since we, who share the obligations, can fcarce find a better way of exprefling our thanks and doing justice to your character, thap by informing the world, why, and how they were derived $0.US,
The fecrecy, with which wise statesmen conduct their designs for the public good, fo as that the execution alone shall make the diigovciy, hath by your Lordihip been
ascarefully observed in your private schemes of beneficence; which have seldom appeared till they took effect, and surprited even those, who were most nearly interefted in the success of them. By this means, you have, after the best manner, forbidden all applications, by rendering them, not only unnecessary, but impracticable, and have enjoyed to: the utmost both the honour, and the pleasure of welldoing,
Indeed, there is scarce any virtue, which either disposes the mind to deterve well of others, or adds comeliness and grace to deserving actions, that doch not manifeitly appear and shine in your Lordfhip: Aud by these recommending circumstances, you engage the very hearts of thole you oblige, and double the value of every kind, ness
you do them, To give, hoping (and looking) for nothing again, is the gospel-rule of beneficence; and your Lordship hath strictly observed it, For none of your gifts have been clogged with conditions; you have expected na returns, but what every one, who hath a thankful mind, and a just sense of his duty, would even choose and delight to pay : You have aimed only at doing as boca ne
in your high station; and when those, whom you advanced, did likewise as became them in their stations, your desires were answered, and you had your reward.
It is well known, with what courtesy and ease you have always treated those, whom you have once obliged; on that very account they were sure of having a nearer and freer access to your Lordship, instead of being kept to the usual terms of distance and dependance. You have been so far from ever putting any man in mind of what you have done for him, that you would never bear to be put in mind of it yourself; and have not been more careful to prevent solicitations, than to avoid acknowledgments. You had the thanks of your own conscience, and you neither needed, nor desired any other.
It is the peculiar happiness of those persons, on whom your favours are placed ; that they receive them from an hand eininent for its great and lasting services to our church and conftitution. For there are, I think, no enemies whatsoever, either of her doctrine, discipline, or worship (either within doors, or without) but what your Lordship hath, in the course of your