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I have no other wish than* adn Bevelv ev ayah to speak the truth, as far as I can discover it, without giving or taking offence, but preserving good-humour and good-will, and fill remembering the fallibility of man.
* Ephef. iv. 15.
too often degraded the dignity
you adulation, your Lordship would despise it : I should despise myself. I dedi
cate these Sermons to you, for two
have paid to the place of your education, over which I now preside: the second, a desire to point out to my readers, a brilliant example of one of the first Christian virtues,
In imitation of the great author of our religion, you, my LORD, GO. ABOUT. DOING GOOD.
God has given you a heart, large and liberal as your fortunes. It may truly be faid of your Lordfhip, that
Dii tibi divitias dederunt artemque fruendi.
But I refrain. I know you delight to do good in secret. I will not give you pain, by publicly expatiating on
your bounty. Heaven will record it. The world knows it; for it is so frequent and so profuse, that
your endeavours to conceal it cannot be successful.
Give me leave, my Lord, to express a wish, that you may long enjoy, for the sake of others as well as for your own, the blessings which Providence has bestowed upon you.
I am, with unfeigned respect,
pages, to engage in theological contro-
wife and good men, and my error is injurious to
I censure none who sincerely differ from me, acuated by the unprejudiced dictates of