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morals, to any of their opponents; and that those who attend the public service of our Church with an humble wish to receive instruction, will seldom be disappointed. I never heard a sermon from which I did not learn something; and I wish that those who find it otherwise would remember, that half an hour which affords neither information nor amusement may be well spent by the greatest and wisest men, in setting an example of that respectful attention which is due to the place, and to the office at least, if not to the abilities, of the Preacher.
If these Discourses have any merit, it is, that they contain in a narrow compass the instruction which I have myself received from some of the best Writers and Preachers of our Church; and I venture to offer them to the Public, because I have often been at a loss to find sermons for family reading, written in so plain a style that the unlearned might from thence obtain useful practical instruction, on Christian principles, suited to their situation and habits of life. I do not write for fame, but in the humble hope of being useful to a very respectable class of my fellow-Christians, and my utmost ambition will be gratified, if they shall receive instruction and comfort from what is here submitted to their consideration.
The Duties of Children.
LUKE ii. 51, 52.
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth,
and was subject unto them; but his mother kept all
these sayings in her heart. And Jesus increased in
wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man 109