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and his Two Discourses upon Conscience, which were formerly publisk'd without a Name, and make part of the Collection of London Cases.

And these two Volumes contain all that he himself bad suffered at any time to go abroad into the World.

But bis Executors were a little more liberal of his Produktions; and in 1716. they added to the Collections made by himself, and then by his Bookfeller, as above-mentioned, two Volumes more, consisting of Sermons never before printed." But this Step nevertheless was taken by them with due Caution, and after Advice had with fome Judicious Prelates, who had read them after they were transcribed, and confirmed the Resolution of making them publick.

And now, after several Years elapred, two Volumes more have passd the Press, being the last Addition that

will be made to the Collection of his Works, save a small Referve of Difcourses i in the Popise Controversy, which may possibly, some time or These were other, be published with other of his publipad Toon

Desaftes, kineke Papers relating to that Controversy, the Last and penn'd likewise in those Times. Vol.of his

The first and principal Design of tranfcribing these, which are now printed, from the Original Manuscripts in Short-hand, (for all bis Sermons were wrote in Characters) was to preserve and rescue them from the Danger they were in of being irretrievably lost by being buried in the Cypher, if not extracted thence, and brought to light by one who was perfeetly well acquainted with the Characters he used, and with his peculiar manner of exprefing and compounding them. The Transcript was begun some Years since, and proceeded very leisurely, and with several Interruptions, under the uncertain View whether it should ever be made publick or

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no, till the Year 1730, when the greatest Part of it was finished, perused and approved by competent Fudges, and at length prepared for Publication.

The Reader therefore may be assurd (and it is chiefly for his Satisfaction in this matter that this Advertisement is prefixed to the Edition) that there are the Genuine Works of the Author, to whom the Title Page ascribes them; and that they are not rafhly obtruded upon the World, as Pofthumous Works too often are, but offered after mature Deliberation, and under a real Conviction of their being as perfe&t in their Kind as any where. with this last Age bath been presented.

Indeed, the bare avouching them to be Genuine fuper fedes any further Recommendation of them. Both the Character and Writings of the Archbishop have been generally so well

efieemed, esteemed, that they stand in no need of the Suffrage of the Publisher, but will be able to support themselves (even in an Age by no means favourable to good Men and good Books) so long as Truth can stand her Ground, and sound ReaConing with Perspicuity Mall be accounted the chief Character of Perfetion in Writing, especially upon Di. vine and Moral Subjects.

Moft of the Treatises in this first Volume are compounded, some of two, Some of three Sermons, joined together in the Form of continued Discourses; which will account for the Length of several of them, as it also gave occasion to entitle them Discourses rather than Sermons. The Defgn of this Dispofition was to preserve the Chain of Reasoning upon each Subje£t intire and uninterrupted without those Recapitulations, which, tho necessary indeed under their Division into diftinet Sermons, in order to accommodate them to the Pulpit, get are altogether unneA4

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cessary to be retain'd for the Perufal of the Reader, who would rather be incommoded than relieved by such unSeasonable Breaks in the Body of a just Discourse. But however no more Liberty was taken with them, than would barely answer this End of Convenience, by omitting the Introductions or Preambles to the subsequent Sera mons, when more than one were formd upon the same Text. And because the. Same Liberty could not be so well taken with the four last Sermons in this Volume, which are all likewise upon one Text, therefore they are published intire, as they were found in the Copies.

The other Volume confifts wholly of fingle Sermons, publish'd verbatim as they were preached, at least without any designd Omision or Alteration. Most of them had been deliver'd at Court, before their late Majesties King William, Queen Mary, and Queen Anne, as the Dates prefixed to them

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