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experienced from his many respected friends, who entertain different opinions upon the subjects discussed in these pages, he shall have no reason to fear their judgment.
Eight of the fermons in the first volume were printed very soon after they were preached.* They were originally published at the request of some persons who heard them, and are corrected in the present edition,
It only remains for the author to acknowledge his obligation to two greatly esteemed friends for their kind revision of his papers. He forbears to recite their names from motives of delicacy, but he shall record their friendship where he believes they wish him to deposit it.
* The first in 1777; the third 1773; the fourth 1781; the fifth 1782; the fixth and seventh in 1791 ; the eighth and tenth in 1792.
Preached at the visitation of the archdeacon of Lincoln,
May 28, 1777:
THE RIGHT OF PRIVATE JUDGMENT.
ROMANS XIV. 5.
LET EVERY MAN BE FULLY PERSUADED IN HIS OWN MIND. p. 11.
Preached in the cathedral-church of Lincoln, at the meet
ing of the governors of, and subscribers to, the county hospital, on Thursday September 23, 1779.
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.
LUKE X: 29
BUT HE, WILLING TO JUSTIFY HIMSELF, SAID UNTO
JESUS, AND WHO IS MY NEIGHBOUR ? p. 61.
CONT EN T S.
S E R M 0 N
Preached in the parish-church of Swinderby, in the county
of Lincoln, on Sunday, April 18, 1773; being the first day of opening the church after new-seating it, by the voluntary subfcription of fome of the freeholders and others,
THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS.
PSALM XCVI. 9.
O WORSHIP THE LORD IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS.
p. 83. S E R M O N IV.
THE SPIRIT OF INDUSTRY RECOMMENDED.
II. THESSALONIANS III. 10.
WHEN WE WERE WITH YOU, THIS WE COMMANDED YOU, THAT IF ANY WOULD NOT WORK, NEITHER SHOULD HE EAT. p. 95.
S E R M O N. V.
Preached in the parish-church of Swinderby, in the
county of Lincoln, on Friday February 8, 1782, being the day appointed, by proclamation, for a general fast.
EZEKIEL XVIII. 31, 32.
CAST AWAY FROM YOU ALL YOUR TRANSGRES. SIONS, WHEREBY YE HAVE TRANSGRESSED; AND MAKE YOU A NEW HEART, AND A NEW SPIRIT ; FOR WHY WILL YE DIE, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL ?
I HAVE NO PLEASURE IN THE DEATH OF HIM THAT
I CAN OF MINE OWN SELF DO NOTHING. p. 135.
WE HAVE FOUND THIS MAN A PESTILENT FELLOW,