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SHEFFIELD:

GEORGE RIDGE, KING-STREET;
HAMILTON AND ADAMS, PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON.

MDCCCXXXI.

B556

Harding
9-25-si
76149

PREFACE.

1o-4-51MFP

Most of the following Discourses were printed in newspapers, or otherwise, at the time of their delivery. They are now published in a volume at the very urgent request of an individual, who until lately was a constant frequenter of the Theatre; and whose attention was first seriously directed to the demoralizing influence which the play-house exerts over those who attend its exhibitions, by the Sermon preached in September last. He was not present at the delivery of that Sermon ;--but he may be permitted to say that he sat down to its perusal with an anxious wish fully to understand the arguments of a Minister who had been so uniform and devoted in his opposition to Theatrical Entertainments; and who had persevered, through evil report and good report, in publicly exposing what appeared to be the prevailing errors and rices of the system.

Formerly, this individual had thought Mr. Best wrong.--Now he thinks him right.-And the same independence of mind which at first induced him to decline adopting what he considered to be unfounded prejudices, has taught

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