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him to publish; and it was uniformly answered, that a volume of Sermons from such a man as JOSEPH Milner must be acceptable, and must

do good.

To these representations he at length yielded; and the further he proceeded in his task, the more was he inclined to acquiesce in the judgment of those who made them.

Having thus explained why he publishes at all, he has only further to state how he has proceeded in preparing for the press the Discourses now offered to the public. As they were originally written, not only without the smallest view to publication, but in a much shorter time than is allowed even by the most ready writers for the composition of a sermon, they could hardly fail to require many corrections. Inaccuracies, or slovenly sentences, which haste had occasioned, the Author himself, it may be presumed, would have been disposed to correct. Faults of this kind the Editor has corrected, and that not sparingly.

Yet, in making such corrections, he has always remembered, that, though he might strip the style of Milner of what was negligent or offensive, he was by no means warranted to substitute another for it. He was conscious that he could not do his Author a greater in

TO THE

REV. JAMES STILLINGFLEET, A. M.

RECTOR OF HOTHAM, YORKSHIRE;

THESE SERMONS,

WRITTEN

BY ONE WITH WHOM HE OFTEN TOOK SWEET COUNSEL,

AND WALKED AS

WITH A FRIEND AND A BROTHER,

ARE INSCRIBED BY THE EDITOR,

BOTH

THAT THE KINDNESS OF A RECTOR

TO THE CURATE ORDAINED ON HIS TITLE

MAY BE ACKNOWLEDGED

BY THIS TRIBUTE OF AFFECTION AND ESTEEM,

AND

THAT THE NAMES OF

STILLINGFLEET AND MILNER

MAY STAND ASSOCIATED

IN A LASTING MEMORIAL.

trifling, he has inserted them, and omitted them where it was considerable.

Having thus stated the principles by which he has been guided in executing his task, the Editor will take his leave, with an earnest prayer that the blessing of the Most High may accompany this posthumous work of His now glorified servant.

J. FAWCETT.

Parsonage, Carlisle,

Oct. 23, 1823.

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