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Crown in Ludgate-Street. MDCCLIV.
Short Account of the following Ser
mons, now published in the Order of
Time in which they were preached, will not, I hope, be thought improper.
The Two first of them were preached at St. Swithin's Church, in the Year 1702, where I then officiated for Mr. Hodges, the worthy Rector of that Parish, during his Absence at Sea, as Chaplain-General of the Fleet. They were occafioned by the great Fury in Party-matters, which then raged: And were honestly designed to fhew, that the Violences of Christians ought not to be charged upon the Christian Religion itself.
The Third Sermon was preached at the Church of St. Peter's Poor, on the Accespon-day of Queen ANNE to the Throne, Mar. 8, 1704-5, when I thought it my Duty to take that first Opportunity, after my coming thither, of declaring against the Abuses of that Day. The printing of it was entirely owing to the earnest Request of some of the Chief Parishioners, who heard it. When it appeared, I was much abused in a Pamphlet, for what They thought so well of, by a tben neighbouring Clergyman, to whom I gave no Answer but by a private Letter to a Friend of His.