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BY WILLIAM PALEY, D. D.
BY REV. EDMUND PALEY, A. M.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.
HILLIARD, GRAY, LITTLE AND WILKINS.
SOLD BY RICHARDSON AND LORD, CROCKER AND BREWSTER, BOWLES
THE Sermons of Paley now for the first time presented to the American public, are introduced by the English editor with the following paragraph.
THE following Sermons, now published for the first time in the third edition of the Author's collected Works, are given also in this detached form for the accommodation of the purchasers of former editions, who will of course accept this apology for the unconnected state in which they appear. It has been thought right to reprint, in these volumes, Sermons 7, 9, and 11, because they form part of the subject of two of the new Sermons. E. P.'
But why it was thought proper to reprint the seventh of the Charges, which also appears in every edition of Paley's Works in use, we are not told. It is here retained, because the present volume professes to give all contained in the English copy, the general arrangement of which has been scrupulously followed. The Charges, however, which in the English edition break the series of the Sermons by being printed at the end of the first volume, are in this made to close the work, which would doubtless have been done by the English editor had he published but one volume instead of two. The punctuation and division into paragraphs of the English copy are extremely faulty. A paragraph is sometimes made in the middle of a sentence, and in general such marks of carelessness appear in the execution of the work that the learned editor could not have superintended it himself, but probably abandoned it to the printer. It is impossible to remove every blemish arising from this cause without an inspection of the manuscripts. Such errors as were obvious, however, have been corrected; but it has always been thought better to leave a passage as dark as it was found, than to change a word, except when the wrong one was evidently a mere mistake of the printer's.
Boston, October 1st, 1827.