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HE promise made to the Public, by the Editor of Bishop Pearce's Commentary, with Notes, on the Four Evangelifts and the Acts of the Apostles, together with a new Translation of St. Paul's First Epiftle to the Corinthians, with a Paraphrafe and Notes, &c. of a felection of his Sermons, is now fulfilled; and he has only to acquaint the Reader, that none of these Discourses, excepting the series of thofe on Natural and Revealed Religion in the first volume, and those on Popery in the fourth, appear to have been defigned for publication. In the others, the attentive reader will fometimes, though but very feldom, meet with a flight repetition of argument; a repetition, which the Editor could by no means think himself at liberty to remove-even were it less useful than it is, in rendering the fame fubject the more forcibly confpicuous, by being placed in different, though confiftent, points of view. To felect from a confiderable

Published in January, 1777. .

fiderable mifcellany of difcourfes, where there is little reason for preference, is fo difficult a task, that it must neceffarily perplex the choice: if the defign, therefore, of fimply arranging a competent number of fuch as treat of the principal objects of a Proteftant-christian's faith and practice, be properly executed, the editor's defign is anfwered. The matter of them will fufficiently speak for itself, as confifting of subjects of the highest importance both to the temporal and spiritual welfare of the reader; and, it is prefumed, will not prove the lefs edifying to the well-difpofed mind for being delivered without affectation of rhetorical ornament, in a manner becoming the fimplicity of the gospelthe words of truth and foberness.

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