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OF THE

REV. RICHARD GECIL, M. A
Late Rector of Bisley, and Vicar of Chobham, Sarrey;

and Minister of St. John's Chapel,

Bedford Row, London.

EDITED KYJOSLAH PRAIT, B. DF: A. S.

PHILADELPHIA :

PUBLISHED BY JOHN GRIGG, TOWAR & HOGAN,

AND THE AMERICAN SUNDAY S. UNION.

J.H. Cunningham, printer.

1826.

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INTRODUCTION.

“He that has the happy talent of parlourpreaching,” says Dr. Watts,* “ has sometimes done more for Christ and souls in the space of a few minutes, than by the labour of many hours and days in the usual course of preaching in the pulpit.”

On my first intercourse with Mr. Cecil, now upward of fifteen years since, when in the full vigour of his mind, I was so struck with the wisdom and originality of his remarks, that I considered it my duty to record what seemed to me most likely to be useful to others.

It should be observed that Mr. Cecil is made to speak often of himself; and, to persons who do not consider the circumstances of the case, there may appear much egotism in the quantity of such remarks here put together, and in the manner in which his things

* An humble attempt toward the Revival of Religion, Part I.

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INTRODUCTION. are said: but this will be treating him with the most flagrant injustice; for it must be remembered that the remarks of this nature were chiefly made by him, from time to time, in answer to my particular inquiries into his judgment and habits on certain points of doctrine or practice.

I have laboured in recording those sentiments which I have gathered from him in conversation, to preserve as much as possible his very expressions; and they who were familiar with his manner will be able to judge, in general, how far I have succeeded : but I would expressly disavow an exact verbal respoosibility. For the sentiments I make myself answerable.

In some instances I have brought together observations made at different times: the reader is not, therefore, to understand that the thoughts here collected on any subject, always followed in immediate connection.

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