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Right Reverend Father in GOD,
Late Lord Bishop of Rochester, and
Dean of Westminster.
Published from the Originals
His LORD SHIP's Chaplain.
T HE following Sermons being
the Genuine Works of that
Great, but Unfortunate Prelate, whose Name they bear, (as I assure the World, bating the Errors of the Press, they all of them are, and as the inimitable Style in which they are written, proves them to be) there needs nó Apology for the Publication of them: That they are His, is sufficient to justify A 2
their Appearance in Print; and to recommend them likewise to the Reader : For his Enemies and Friends seem all to agree in this part of his Charaéter, That he was as Judicious, Instruktive, Convincing, Perswafive, and Delightful a Preacher, as ever England
The only Excuse therefore, that I think myself obliged to make on this Occasion, is, for not Publishing more of them, than what are contained in these two Volumes ; for every one will naturally conclude, that he left a great many more behind him, having been a constant Preacher for about Twenty Tears, and an occasional one a great deal longer,
The The true Reason of my not doing it then is this. He burnt a good many of them himself at Paris, and, by a Writing found among what were left, signified, that these were the only ones fit to be Printed; so that, without a£ting contrary to the Bishop's Opinion of his own Performances, of which He was certainly the best Judge, no more could, and therefore no more ought to be Published: And it being from thence resolved, that no more should, the only effe&tual Way of preventing it was, to committ the rest to the Flames. Which was accordingly done, in my Presence, by William Morice, Esq; his Dutiful and Worthy Son-in-Law, and Executor. To whom I take this Opportunity of Acknowledging myself much obliged for several considerable Acts of