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PREACHED IN

THE PARISH CHURCHES

OF

LITTLE HADH A M, HERTS,

AND

HARTLEY WESPALL, HANTS.

BY

R. DRUMMOND B. RAWNSLEY, M.A.

LATE FELLOW OF MAGDALEN COLLEGE, OXFORD, AND CURATE

OF HARTLEY WESPALL.

LONDON:
J. HATCHARD AND SON, 187, PICCADILLY.

1848.

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LONDON:

G. J. PALMER, PRINTER, SAVOY STREET, STRAND.

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OF THE FEELINGS OF FILIAL RESPECT, GRATITUDE, AND LOVE,

WITH WHICH THEY ARE REGARDED

BY

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

These Sermons are printed as they were preached ; and lay little claim to originality, either in thought or execution. They were composed for a congregation wholly agricultural, and principally of the labouring classes, with a view of setting forth some of the chief points of Christian doctrine and practice, in a language easy to be understood.

While aware how far short they fall of the mark at which he had aimed, the Author is encouraged to make them public from the assurance he has received, that by many they were gladly heard ; and from the fact that in some instances they seemed to have been influential for good.

At the same time he rejoices in this opportunity of testifying his gratitude and affection for that lamented Christian Teacher, under whom, for alas ! too short a while it was his fortune to be instructed. Without assenting to, nay though differing from,

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