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which, to be as good as my word, they here are, and I pray to God, they may do it the fervice I wifh. I have little to say in their behalf, except this, that not one of them was compofed with any thoughts of being printed; they have been haftily writ ten, and carry the marks of it along with them.-This may be no recommendation; -I mean it however as fuch; for as the fermons turn chief
ly upon philanthropy, and thofe kindred virtues to it, upon which hang all the law and the prophets, I trust they will be no lefs felt, or worfe received, for the evidence they bear, of proceeding more from the heart than the head. I have nothing to add, but that the reader, upon old and beaten fubjects, must not look for many new thoughts-'tis well if he has new language; in
three or four paffages, where he has neither the one nor the other, I have quoted the author I made free withthere are some other paffages, where I fufpect I may have taken the fame liberty, -but 'tis only fufpicion, for I do not remember it is fo, otherwise I should have reftored them to their proper owners, fo that I put it in here more as a general faving, than from a conscioufnefs
ness of having much to anfwer for upon that score: in this however, and every thing elfe, which I offer, or shall offer to the world, I reft, with a heart much at eafe, upon the protection of the humane and candid, from whom I have received many favours, for which I beg leave to return them thanks—— thanks.