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HE reader is entreated to confider these fermons as entirely calculated for a popular auditory, fuch as a clergyman, ardently defirous of doing good, would write for the ufe of his congregation, without an intention of their being ever read; and which, when they have been preached, are to be deposited in his study. This is the author's apology, for offering to the world a volume of difcourfes containing very little reasoning; for he never knew a deep reafoner an useful preacher, but he knows fome deep, and very excellent, reafoners, who often preach to very small, and sometimes very inattentive, congregations. A clergyman may read the fermons of Clarke and Sherlock with great improvement to himself, but would deliver them, from the pulpit, with little edification to tradesmen, and their wives, and children; to farmers, mechanics, fervants, and laborers. To fuch
fuch an auditory, abstract reasoning, and profound argument will, generally, be unintelligible. It is not meant, however, to recommend flimfy declamation, which may, indeed, please the ear, but generally fails to impress the mind. A fermon, in the judgment of every critic, should unite, according to its fubject, a certain portion of plain argument, with a pathetic appeal, and forcible address to the hearers. The author, having no motive but utility in the publication of the following fermons, deprecates the feverity, and folicits the candor of his readers.
SERMON I.-1ft. Cor. iv. 2.