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'HE volume now in the reader's hands was
originally published in the year 1744. Its author was at that time Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, a Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral, and Chaplain to Bishop Smallbrooke. He was afterwards presented to the Rectory of Standlake in Oxfordshire, where he died in 1773, at the age of 66.
He published nothing but this work, two single sermons, • and a pamphlet, animadverting on one of the many productions of a contemporary Arian clergyman named John Jackson. After he had been dead eleven years a volume of eighteen sermons (including the two issued by himself) was published by Mr. Jeoffry Snelson, Vicar of Hanbury. These sermons are said to have been praised by Dr. Johnson; and one whose opinion on such matters is entitled to much greater weight has said, “They are among the very best compositions of our English divines.” (Bishop Van Mildert, Life of Waterland, p. 316.)
In one of the conversations which took place at our last Conference I ventured to recommend this