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and he supplied Both of them himself. By the Generosity of his Patron, and his own Diligence in procuring other Benefactions, Both have received the Augmentation from QUEEN Anne's Bounty. At his own Cost, and a very great Expence, he built a Vicarage House at Furneux-Pelham ; where he spent the last fourteen Years of his Life. He was twice married : Both his Wives were grave, discreet, religious: He had no Child by either. The first was Mary, the Daughter of Mr. William Findall, a Printer at Oxford; the second was Mary, the Daughter of Dr. Daniel Fogg, Minister of Alballows Staining in London, who survives to bewail his Lofs. With Hopes full of Immortality he changed this Life for a Better. May 13. 1742. in the 57th Year of his Age.
All the Works he made publick have met with good Reception; particularly the Lexturés upon the Nicene and Athanahan Creeds; and the Rational Illustration of the Common Prayer ; which has had no less than , seyen Editions. This Success encourages the Publication of those Discourfes which he left behind him... ..
.. . .. It was his own Desire, that the fix Sermons, which he published in his Life-time, should be reprinted after his Death, and prefixed to those which he himself designed
for the Press, and which are now first offered to the World from his Original Manuscripts : And he' employed a great Portion of the latter Part of his Life (in the weak State of Health he laboured under) to prepare them for that Purpose., · It is true he lived not fully to accomplish this Design, to finish and improve some of the Subjects treated of by him, in the Mana ner he intended : for which Reason the Disa courses on our Lord's Temptations in the first Volume; on his Messiahship, and a Future State, in the second; and the Doctrine of Ana gels, in the third; must unavoidably appear defective. However, it was judged, those Difcourses might be of considerable Use notwithstanding any such Defects; (and they may be said to be perfect as far as they go ;) and it was presumed, the Reader would be better pleased to have them as they are, than not to have them at all. Whose Candour and Indulgence will also, it is hoped, be extended to the smaller Inaccuracies and Im perfections of a Pofthumous Work, whereeper they occur. And those very Imperfec tions will be of some Use, to shew the Fidelity with which these Sermons have been printed from the Original Manuscripts ; no Liberty having been taken designedly to vary *
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from them; except where it was necessary sometimes, for the connecting of a Sentence ; as Vol. iii. p: 402. or to add a few Words, to avoid breaking off abruptly; as the last Paragraph at the End of that Volume, p. 403, The Author's last Paragraph, p. 402-3. ber ing only designed, as the Foundation for the practical Uses which were to have followed after. I can bear Witness to this strict Regard to the Manuscripts, in a great Measure, from an ocular Inspection"; and likewise, from the express Declaration of the Gentleman who undertook the Revisal of Them, and the Direction of the Press, but died before he had finished his Undertaking. • As to any peculiar Notions, or over-curious Speculations; (which may possibly be observed in some Places ;) the Harmlesness and Inno, cency of them, and the Ingenuity and Modesty with which they are proposed, will reasonably secure them of an easy Pardon, from those who may not, perhaps, approve of their Solidity.
In particular, as to what is advanced concerning Prayers for the Dead;(which may be thought most liable to Exception;) it should be considered, that somewhat of this kind is not only contained in the Office for the -Burial of the Dead, but is also virtually. in
cluded in that Petition of the Lord's Prayer, Thy KINGDOM COME: And, as far as is here pleaded for, is shewn to have no Connexion with the Popish Doctrine of Purgatory, but to be inconfistent with it, and even subverfive of it. Vol. i. p. 476-7-8.,
But it will be necessary to make some Apology, and bespeak the Favour of the Courteous Reader, in regard, not only to a Flight now and then of the Author's. Fancỹ, some small Inaccuracies of Style, or flighter Errors of his Pen ; but also to the Errors of the Press, which the Author is no Way concerned in, and which these Sermons had never appeared with, had he published them himself: whose Expertness and Exactness had been often tried on such Occasions. Fr.
To make the best Amends that could be, for Mistakes of this kind; the chiefest Errata, have been carefully corrected; though leffer Faults in Spelling, Pointing, &c. have been purposely passed over, which the Intelligent Reader will easily observe, and the Candid will excuse.
Among the Mistakes which have been purpofely passed over ; the chief are those relating to Texts of Scripture : some of which are misplaced ; being taken from the Margin, of the Author, where the References were
exact, and not so exactly inserted in the Body of the Book ; as Vol. i. p. 35, 59, 60, &c. and some others, as the Psalms in Vol. iii. p. 350-353. were only inserted by some unaccountable Accident; and should be all erased, as wholly foreign to the Subject there treated of.
If any have the Curiosity to enquire, what Book is referred to in the Sermons, upon Hebr. ix, 27. Vol. ii. and Hebr. xii. 1. Vol. iii. they may be informed, that, it is a Book of Devotion, written by a Roman Catholick, which has been several Times published as reformed by another Hand, and recommended by Dr. Hicks; and as reformed and put into another Method, by Mr. Dorrington ; usually known, by the Name of Hicks's, and Dorrington's Reformed Devotions. ..
And now, having said thus much to prepare the Way; I shall no longer detain the Reader, from the Perusal of the Sermons of my very worthy Friend : and I make no Question, but others will receive great Pleasure and Improvement thereby, as I have found myself.