Page images

To the Reader.

The writer of the following pages was born October 12, 1759: was educated at Harrow School: became a member of Clare-hall in Cambridge January 1775: and was elected a Fellow of that so

In 1782 he received the degree of Master of Arts: and vacated his Fellowship by marriage in 1786. In 1788 he became a resident minister of the parishes of Mileham and a 3


ciety in 1779.

Fransham in Norfolk; v tuation he changed in the adjoining parish of and Lexham. He died 31st 1795, after a short i the 38th year of his age

It may be imagined, p many, that a life, of wh was the outline, must h as useless and insipid, short and retired. Not su ever, will be the judg those whom experience vation may have taug justly to appreciate the of an exemplary paris Such will be aware, that

tute that character, there must be an union of learning and modesty; of spirit and of patience; that a marked detestation of vice must be made consistent with unabated charity for the offender; that the conduct of the man must never be at variance with the

precepts of the preacher; that reproof must be tempered with gentleness; faith be made manifest by works; and zeal be directed by knowledge.

Whoever, indeed, can estimate the advantages which result to society from the exertions of a man at once sufficiently dignified and

[ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]

conciliating to reprove, rebuke “ and exhort with all long-suffer “ing and doctrine;" who ca win over the rich to temperanc and charity; and the poor to ho nest industry and contentment above all, whoever reflects on th blessedness of turning but on sinner from the error of his way unto righteousness,willadmit, tha when the conscientious discharg. of such duties is chosen by an one as the basis on which to build his character, his labours (albei hidden in the deepest retirement are still directed to an end no unworthy the commendation o


the wisest men, or the gratitude of the best.

The following discourses constitute the principle labours of their author in his ministry. The. species of merit, on which their editor founds his hope of their being well received by the public, is their plainness : and it was with a reference to this quality that he has intimated in the title page the auditors to whom they were delivered. The reader is requested to carry this in his recollection while he peruses them : because it accounts for, and gives a value to, their great simplicity


« PreviousContinue »