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Moral and Theological.
In Two Volumes.
late Bishop of EXETER.
Now first published from the AUTHOR's
Original M A NU SCRIPT S.
BOR H E Acquaintance
I had with the late
Right Reverend Author of the following Discourses, and the Respect I was known to bear to his Memory, induced his Relations to put these Sermons into my Hands, with an
Inclination expressed to have them published.
I came to the reading of them under two Prejudices against sending them to the Press; one was, That the printing posthumous Works was too great a Liberty taken with the Reputation of an Author, and oftentimes injurious to it : But this was removed by seeing that the Bishop had prepared the Sermons himself for the Press, and had expressed his Intention to have them published, by writing on the Back of the most Part, Publish.
Another Prejudice was, That the World abounded with Sermons,
and that there was little Occasion to add to the Number. But finding these Discourses to be the Effect of much Study, Application and Judgment, and grounded upon an intimate Acquaintance with the Scriptures, I thought they might, in some Sense, pass as Originals, and not be lost in the Crowd.
There may perhaps arise another Prejudice in the Minds of many, even from the great Reputation, and confessed Abilities of the Author in another Way. It is well known, that great Part of his Life was spent in conducting one of the greatest Schools in the Kingdom. A 3