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[v] He had been long, before this, a constant preacher: nor did his natural vehemence allow him to be indolent, or uninterested in what he delivered. His condition of life, and the circumstances of some particular friends, led him early to the confideration of almost all the following subjects; and a thousand subsequent occasions. drew him frequently into repeated re-considerations of them: fo that, what he now presumes to present to Your Ladyship, are, very truly, the first fruits of his early labour, and unwearied zeal in the service of Religion. How worthy, or unworthy they may be of Your acceptance, You and the World will best judge. Thus much, however, that World will allow, that there is no impropriety in the presumption; and that there are A 3


few in it, to whom a treatise on Social Duties could so properly be addressed; and none (that I know of) so distinguish'd for Parental prudence, folicitude, and success: for which Europe will bless you, as well as Britain. And tho' these Discourses had not been thus addressed, it were impossible for any reader, of the least attention, to peruse some of them ; to consider the distinguished eminence (there noticed) of the Aurelia's and Cornelia’s of antiquity, in the education of youth, without seeing this Mother in a light of at least equal lustre. Nor was her care confined to One: it descended with equal solicitude to All her Descendants. And I myself have had frequent occasions of being eye and ear-witness to her varied, inceffant, and unwearied attention to their improvements, in all the studies, employments, and pursuits, best suited to their condition and characters. I speak what I know: let those who have observed better, and know more, speak the rest.


MADAM, Another man, in my place, might find this a fit occasion to do more ample justice to Your character, as a Parent, by displaying the glorious effects of Your care, in the confeffedly great and unrivall’d talents of Your Son, and many accomplishments of his issue. But this would ill become me; nor could it pass unsuspected in me, who am known to love him, and to have been early, and much, obliged to him; so much, that I have no need of adulation to

be more: (were it possible, that such a servility of spirit could be either pardonable, or of use).

I pray God bless Him, and make both the progress and conclusion of his life worthy of his great beginnings.

I am, Madam, with equal duty and gratitude,


Most Humble, and

Most Obedient Servant.

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HE Publishing of Discourses

upon Subjects well understood,

at least so deemed, from being often confidered, naturally calls for an apology to the public; and in most cases confessedly needs it : but the real truth is, that the fundamental grounds and principles of all religious and moral duties, are not thoroughly and universally understood (As the reader will, I hope, be convinced, from the illuftration of some of them in the following Discourses): Or if they were, the whole extent of reasons for them,


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