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FOUR DISCOURSES

ON

SUBJECTS RELATING TO THE AMUSEMENT

OF

THE STAGE:

PREACHED AT

GREAT ST. MARY'S CHURCH, CAMBRIDGE,

ON

Sunday September 25, and Sunday October 2, 1808 ;

WITH

COPIOUS SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES.

BY JAMES PLUMPTRE, B. D.

FELLOW OF CLARE-HALL.

THEY THAT USE THIS WORLD AS NOT ABUSING IT. I Cor. vii. 91.

CAMBRIDGE:

PRINTED BY FRANCIS HODSON,
For Messrs. F. C. and J. RIVINGTON, St. Paul's Church-yard ;
And Sold by J. HATCHARD, No. 190, Piccadilly, London ;
J. DEIGHTON, and J. Nicholson, Cambridge;

and Cook and PARKER, Oxford.

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TO

EDWARD PEARSON, D.D.

MASTER OF SIDNEY SUSSEX COLLEGE,

AND

VICE-CHANCELLOR

OF

THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.

Reverend and Dear Sir,

Motives, both of private regard and of public consideration, induce me to inscribe the following DISCOURSES to your Name, and to solicit your patronage on publishing them. It is in a great measure owing to your obliging sanction and advice, that they have been written;, and it is to the influence of your name and authority, that I look for their effecting some good in the world, and particularly in this place, of which you are now the chief Magistrate, and of the Morals of which

you are the Guardian. In order to give you an adequate idea of the nature and design of the following work, I hope I shall be spared the imputation of egotism, if I enter somewhat at large into the history of my own mind, as far as regards my knowledge of the

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