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THE Sermon which gave rise to the publication of these having been offered to the world as a Sermon of Yorick's, I hope the most serious reader will find nothing to offend him, in my continuing the volumes under the same title: left it should be other. wise, I have added a second title-page with the real name of the Author- the first will serve the bookfeller's purpose, as Yorick's name is possibly of the two the more known ;- and the second will ease the minds of those who see a jeft, and the danger which lurks under it, where no jest was meant.
I suppose it is needless to inform the Public, that the reason of printing these Sermons arises altogether from the favourable reception which the Sermon given as a sample of them in TRISTRAM SHANDY met with from the world. That Sermon was printed by itself some years ago, but could find neither pur. chasers nor readers ; so that I apprehended little hazard from a promise I made upon its republication,
That if the Sermon was liked, these should be al. + fo at the world's service; which, to be as good as my word, they here are; and I pray to God, they