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THE TEV YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
0:22399 ASTOR LENOX AND TILDEN FCUNDATIONS R 1913
LONDON: J. HOLMES, TOOX'S COURT, CHANCERY LANE.
In stating that the following discourses were not written with a view to publication, I do so, not to propitiate the severity of criticism, but merely to avail myself of the opportunity of observing, that it is very probable I may, in these Sermons, have occasionally appropriated the sentiments of others without acknowledgment; I have not, however, done so designedly. The fact is, that wherever I have remembered any such debts, I have admitted them by a reference to the respective authors to whom they are due; but, not having noted where I may
have borrowed a sentiment or illustration when the Sermons were written, not thinking that they would ever meet the public eye, it is possible that I may have borrowed without recollecting it. I hope, therefore, that I shall be acquitted of wilful plagiarism, should the ideas of others be occasionally detected in this volume unacknowledged, as I repeat, that I am not sensible of having borrowed without acknowledgment.
I have published the following discourses at the urgent request of many of the most respectable among the Congregation with whom I have been now upwards of seven years spiritually connected.
I have received the most flattering encouragement from the whole of them, with very
few exceptions; and those few, no doubt, consider, and justly, that they may slake their spiritual thirst at deeper fountains and more refreshing streams.
I therefore return my thanks to the Congregation, collectively, for the encouragement which they have almost unanimously afforded to this volume; and I have the satisfaction of hoping that those who have withheld their patronage, will not, at least, deny me their good wishes.
36, Somerset Street,
May 31, 1832.