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The Author of the following discourses, at the solicitation of several of his friends, who heard them delivered, has ventured, with the approbation of those in whose judgment he thinks he has reason to confide, to give them publicity.
They consist of an exposition of the Gospel for each Sunday throughout the year, followed by reflections obviously arising from it, and those too, in general, mainly confined to some particular subject. They are addressed both to the understanding and the heart, with a view to the promotion of warm and solid piety. Prefixed to them is an appropriate Sermon for the first Sunday of the Year, and a similar one for the last Sunday is subjoined at the close. The temper which pervades them will, he trusts, be found to be that of the Gospel, equally removed from the opposite extremes, of excessive severity on the one hand, and too indulgent laxity on the other ; and the style in which they are written has been accommodated, as much as possible, to the capacities of general readers, without being offensive (if so the Author may be allowed to presume), to the more cultivated taste of those who have had the advantage of a superior education.