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dually by this mode of communication, as a testimony of my affection for my Clergy; and my solicitude for their temporal and eternal interests.
$ 1. The events to which I allude are the progress of Sunday education ; the exertions of private persons and societies for the promotion of piety, decency, and good order; and, above all, the Royal Proclamation for the restraining of wickedness and vice; for the maintenance of religion and virtue ; and, as the means of attaining these invaluable ends, for the due observance of the Sabbath.
Two years have now elapsed since his Majesty was induced, from motives of paternal regard for the morals of his people, to issue this proclamation. The call to obey it's injunctions more immediately affects magiftrates, as vested with authority to execute the subfifting laws against drunkenness; curfing and swearing; gaming, especially in public houses ; lewdness and debauchery ; profanation of the Lord's day ; publication of obscene and impious books and prints;
yet yet it extends to all persons who possess the means of assisting to remedy or to lessen those evils, which, if unrestrained and undiminished, will throw down every barrier which law and religion can oppose to them. But the Parochial Clergy, by an express clause, are commanded “ to read the proclamation, “ at least four times a year, in their respec“ tive Churches and Chapels, immediately « after divine service; and to incite and stir “ up their respective auditors to the practice “ of piety and virtue ; and the avoiding all “ immorality and profaneness.” With this Royal command, in both it's parts, all of you, I trust, have hitherto complied, and mean to comply in future.
As teachers of religion, we cannot but most sensibly feel the benefits which result from that influence which flows from the support, the countenance, and the example of the Sovereign. Let us therefore convince the world by our behaviour, that our gratitude to God for the late act of mercy, which restored a sovereign most justly endeared by every tie to a loyal and affectionate people, is not merely the gratitude of a day, but a
THE subjects of this Address relate to
1 some events very interesting to the church of which you are ministers, because very interesting to morality and religion : to some topics of serious consideration, which concern your temporal situations, and religious duties: and, to others, which cannot fail to influence your conduct as friends to the future welfare of the Church of England, and the due instruction of the people committed to your care. On the several subjects which fall within these views, I felt it my duty to deliver my sentiments to you collectively on a late and former occasion. I am still anxious to leave them with you indivi