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PREACHER TO THE HONOURABLE SOCIETY
AVING so long had the ho- .
nour of being your Preacher, it is with the greatest propriety, that, in giving these my labours to the world, they should be dedicated to you, under whose kind patronage and protection they were written, and in whose Chapel they were delivered; and I sincerely wish their merit equalled the generosity which their Author has amply experienced from the Society. A 2
To you, Gentlemen, I present them, as an instance of the great regard I have for the Honourable Society of Gray’s-Inn, and as a memorial of the liberality and friendship which has, for near half a century, been uniformly shewn to my father, your
former Preacher, and to myself, succeeding him in that honourable office.
HE following discourses were come
: posed for the Chapel of the Honourable Society of Gray's-Inn, (of which Society the Author has been for many years the Preacher :) -- and they are printed from the original MSS. exactly as they were preached, which is judged a better manner of giving them to the world, than, by new modelling, to throw them into a more systematic form.
The first five Sermons are introductory to the doctrines of the Christian Religion, beginning with the Jewish Difpenfation, as being in itself preparatory to the future Christian Dispensation this is the subject of the two first Sermons. The third and fourth are as a second step in the grand purpose of the falvation of man
namely, the promise of the kingdom of Christ to David. And the fifth is on the Miffion of St. Paul to the Gentiles. These are selected, as a proper
foundation for inculcating the practice of the Christian duties, which is the subject of the reinaining part of these volumes.