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PREACHED IN THE
'PARISH CHURCH OF NEWTOWN, HANTS.
REV. HENRY EDMUND FRYER, M.A.,
CHAPLAIN TO HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF RICHMOND, AND
But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
ST. JAMES, ii. 20.
THE publication of the following Sermons may appear presumptuous on the part of one who is neither known by literary attainments, nor by rank in the profession of which he is a member. It may at least be expected that such an one would be provided with a reason for giving to his discourses more publicity than what is confined within the limits of his parish church. To the foregoing propositions I beg to reply, that without a special reason, publication would never have entered my imagination; but having been advised to withhold this reason, in opposition to my own feelings and disposition, I have yielded to advice which has been disinterestedly tendered.
In respect of the Sermons, I have to observe, that they form a scattered and detached portion of a series delivered to a country congregation, during a period commencing in August, 1838, and ending in February, 1840. I have arranged them (excepting the first, which was delivered last) in the order in which they were preached; and by this means, if I mistake not, have condensed with sufficient
method my conceptions respecting man's moral duty to God, himself, and his fellow-man, based upon the sacrifice of Christ; which, as I humbly conceive, accord with the word of God, and the voice of our Established Church, as expressed in her Articles, Liturgy, and Homilies, and in the writings of her most eminent and orthodox divines.
LONDON, OCTOBER, 1840.