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SERMONS

U PON

SOCIAL DUTIES

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AND THEIR

OPPOSITE VICES.

BY THE

AUTHOR of the LIFE of DAVID.

To which is added, An

E S S AY

Towards Evidencing the

DIVINE ORIGINAL of TYTHES, Which the Author considers as a Species of

SOCIAL Duries.

LO N D ON: Printed for J. and J. RIVINGTON, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Churcb-Yard.

M.DCC.L.

P DB

PUBLIC LIBRARY 776784 A ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

R 1935

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TO

The Right Honourable

THE

Countess of GRANVILLE.

H

MADAM,

A D not the purpose of this

Letter been more to publish gratitude, than to pay court to power, Your Ladyship had been saved this trouble. For, indeed, the author of thefe Discourses hath no talents for the latter. In saying this, he pretends not to acquit himself of ambition: he hath perhaps as strong a bias of original

guilt,

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guilt, that way, as any mortal; but the truth is, it was early checked, and intirely turned from all hope or prospect of preferment, to the fole view of endeavouring to deserve it. In this situation, hewas found by your fon, near twenty years ago, in an honourable obscurity; and drawn thence, with some distinction (tho’ without

any

fuit or solicitation on his side), a little more into the light, at least into the hurry of the world; where he hath continued to this day. Unhonoured, indeed, but (I thank God) unreproached, and (what is, perhaps, matter of more vexation than vanity) not unenvied; tho' he stood in no man's way, nor was rival to any mortal, during that whole time, either for wealth, preferment, or power.

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