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DISCOURSES

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DISCOURSE I.

THE BLESSED EFFECTS OF PERSEVERANCE.

2 THESSALONIANS, III. 13.

Be not weary in well doing.

The honour of being thus called to plead the cause of a Society, whose reputation must run coeval with that of religion and virtue, is somewhat qualified by the consideration, that the subject has been already treated by so many persons of superior eminence and ability. The motives that have place in compositions of other kinds, can have none here; since in vain would it be for the preacher to hope, that he shall be able either to invent new matter, or polish the old into new beauty and lustre.

Discouraging, however, as this reflection may at first sight appear, it affords no solid reason why such anniversaries should be discontinued or slighted.' Successive generations of men require successive information; and the same men, though they may want to be informed but once, may want often to be

yol. IV.

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