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commendations, every reader will judge for himself. But it can give no occasion of offence, to ina form those who knew not the author, that through the course of his life he discovered the same seriousness, which in bis sermons he recommended to others that he delighted in bewing a profound respect to his creator and governor ; and could not forbear expreffing his dislike to any thing that favour'd of irreligion, from what quarter soever it came that in matters relating to the Christian religion, he adhered ftrictly to what he believed to be the mind of Christ the Lawgiver, retaining at the same time generous sentiments with regard to those who differed from him that the be was not forward in conversation, rather too fearful of Speaking
his mind; yet be had a very great fluency, joined to an uncommon frength and justness of expreffion, when he addressid his maker, whetben in public or in the family ; to which laft fervice he was called very early, upon an extraordinary occasion, which once in the year brought the whole family together: and that both in prayer and in preaching, his manner was exceedingly graceful, and fitted to command attention.
He composed no more sermons than these few which are here published. It was with difficulty that he was prevailed on to deliver them when prepared : and so diffident was he of himself, that he never could be brought to a stated course of preaching. But notwithstanding this backwardness, he gave a prospect of much
useful service, when it pleased