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SERMONS III. IV.
SE R M ON VII.
self to your Lordship, and humbly desiring your Acceptancee of the following Dircourses; as a true, cho' a fmall Token of that great Esteem and Affection I ought always to bear you.
Your Lordship's Kindnefs to me upon your first Knowledge of me, the frequent signal Repetitions ofic presently after, and the continuare of it hitherto, have for ever endear'd your Lord'hip to me, and shall never be forgotten by me. At the fame Time, I cannot but look upon, and value this Leave, to mention ship's Favours as a great Enhancement of them all.
And should I enlarge upon your Lordship’s hearty Love for your Country, your Zeal for the Protestant Interest, your Affection for the glorious Defender of it, and his Royal Progeny, together with the rest of those Accomplishmencs'which ats tend, illustrate, and adorn every Relation of Life you sustain, 'cwould be no more than what is justly due to your Lordship,
But since Those who best deserve Praise, are least desirous of it, and most apt to be disgusted with it, therefore for fear of offending where I am particularly ambitious of, pleasing, I must deny myself the Satisfa dion of taking any farther
Notice, D ED I C AT IO N. Notice, in this place, of chole amiable Virtues and Qualities, which gain your Lordship a great Esteein and Respect among all good Men in general, as well as inore especially oblige me to be wich all suitable Deference and Gratitude,
fr Intention here is not to apologize
for publishing the following Pages, (which I think needless) but to be peak of the Reader, a calm and impartial Perufal of 'em.
When a Man bas deliver'd any thing to the Public (after all be can say for bimSelf) be must expect to meet with different Opinions concerning it : And as be ought not to be elated upon the Approbation of the Candid, so he would not be a little blame-worthy to be dejected at the unkind Refle&tions of the Cenforious.
"Twould be to little Purpofe to urge any thing in Behalf of the following Dij. courses, if they should not be allowed a calm and impartial Perufal: This if they