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THE SERMONS contained in the following Selection, are, properly speaking, abridgments of the original. These abridgments, however, have not been effected by a curtailment of any thing important, but by the omission of what is less so. The controversial style of preaching which prevailed in the days of ARCHBISHOP Tillotson, renders his discourses (though abounding with information to the professed theologian) tedious and less interesting to the general reader. No person, however, can have attentively read them, and observed the admirable manner in which the principles of Religion are therein presented to the understanding, and its practice urged upon the conscience of men, without feeling a wish for the means of rendering them more extensively known and useful. To afford these means is the object of the present work. By any one, who will be at the trouble of comparing the first Serinon in
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this Selection, for instance, with the originai, it will be seen that, whilst, with a few of the introductory sentences, the controversial part (which principally refers to objections now forgotten or passed away) has been omiited, ull that is most conducive to Christian doctrine and practice is faithfully retained. With the exception of some few expressions, which have been modernized, the language is that of the learned and pious author. But it is unnecessary to say more respecting the manner in which this abridgment has been executed, because it has already met with general approbation. The present edition is a republication of what first appeared about sixty years since, but which has long been out of print. In again offering it to public notice, and at a price which places it within the acquisition of the community, the Publishers entertain a wellfounded hope, that they are contributing no unworthy assistance to the cause of Morality, good Order, and Religion, at a time when the exertions of all its friends are so loudly and imperiously demanded.