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PREF A C E.
AVING been prevented, for a time,
by the discharge of a laborious, but highly honourable office, from performing the more immediate duties of my profession, I was yet desirous, that I might not seem to lose the clergyman in the magistrate, of still continuing to do something towards promoting the great end and purpose of life. And though the frequent returns of business
gave little hopes of composing fresh discourses, it's intervals, I thought, might suffice to digest and publish some, which had been already composed.
This form of publication is generally supposed less advantageous, at present, than any other. But it may be questioned, whether the supposition does justice to the age, when we consider only the respect which has fo recently been paid to the sermons of
the learned and elegant Dr. BLAIR. And greater respect cannot be paid them, than they deserve.
The multitude of old fermons affords no argument against the publication of new ones ; since new ones will be read, when old ones are neglected ; and almost all mankind are, in this respect, Athenians.
Besides, there is a taste in moral and religious, as well as in other compositions, which varies in different
may very lawfully and innocently be indulged. Thousands received instruction and consolation formerly from sermons, which would not now be endured. The preachers of them served their generation, and are blesfed for evermore. But because provision was made for the wants of the last century in one way, there is no reason why it should not be made for the wants of this, in another. The next will behold a set of writers