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learning, and great sedulity: to strict self-regimen: to a judgement which could discern frailties, and a candour which failed not to extenuate them: to affability which encouraged the reserved, and decorum which repressed the forward : to kindness in general intercourse, and warmth in particular friendship: , to active charity and unwearied zeal for the relief of the temporal and spiritual wants of all around him. The few who knew him still more intimately witnessed the exact fulfilment of the duties of a Son, a Brother, an
Husband, and a Father: and cannot plead the want of an example of that more extended Charity which “seeketh not her own, and thinketh no evil:"? of that
exalted Wisdom, which "whoso findeth, findeth Life.”
The early and sudden death of the writer of these sermons makes it certain that they were not prepared, or indeed intended, by him, for publication." They are the discourses he preached in the execution of his parochial duty. It is possible therefore that they may contain passages taken from other writers, and which are unacknowledged. The editor knows not that they are liable to this censure : wherever his own recollection has
enabled him to make such a discovery, he has pointed it out: if more such instances are to be found (he trusts they are not) he begs the blame may rest with him, not with the deceased writer, who certainly never intended to have made this use of them. In fact, the editor was urged to publish the sermons; as he found them, by some of the neighbouring friends of the deceased; who having witnessed the good effects they produced in the parishes in which they were delivered, wished to give them a more extended circulation.
One topic which he urged with great earnestness and success, was
frequent attendance on the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Of his discourses on this subject but onc will be found in this collection ; because, in his life-time, he digested the others into the form of a pamphlet, which he published ; and which was productive of very beneficial effects in his neighbourhood, as well by removing the scruples of the fearful, as by awakening the attention of the negligent, and informing the minds of the uninstructed.