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The Fourth is, That Sermon about Magia ftrates and Subjects, preached at St. Laurence's, on Sept. 29, 1705, which was followed by a long Controversy, upon the Subject of it. I was called to it by the accidental Mention of Me, by a Friend, to Sir Owen Buckingham, then Lord Mayor, with whom I had not Myself the least Acquaintance. The Reader has beard, 'if not read, enough of this long ago. I shall say no more of it in this Place, than That, from the Date of this Sermon, near Fifty Years ago, a Torrent of
Zeal began to pour out itself upon Me, which, tho' for the prefint indeed very disagreeable ; yet, 'opened a Way to such Explications of the Doctrine of it, and Reasonings about it, as have produced What, at the End, makes Me not to repent of having preached it.
The Fifth was preached at the Allizes, in March, 1707-8, at Hertford, at the Request of the High Sheriff, Sir Richard Houblon. The Subjects of it, The Happiness of the present Eablishment, and The Unhappiness of Absolute Monarchy, were pointed out to Me, too strongly tɔ be neglected, by the public Writings of that Time ; particularly Those of Mr. Lesly, then much celebrated by Many.
The Sixth was preached at the fame Place, at the Summer Alizes in 1708, at the Request of the fame Gentleman. The Subject is, St.
Paul's Bebaviour to the Civil Magistrate : which was chosen by Me, on account of many Pasages, relating to that Apostle, in the Political Controverhes in those Days very warmly handled; and therefore not unseasonable.
The Four next Sermons, about the Duty of Enquiry, and the Extremes of Implicit Faith, and Infidelity, were preached at my Parish Church, in the Year 1712, on occasion of the many Writings published about that Time, which seemed, on one hand, to attack the ChriStian Religion itself; and, on the other, to difcourage a Free Examination of it. The Eleventh, called The present
. Delusion of Many, &c. was preached at St. Peter's Poor, Nov. 5, 1715, and was occafioned by the Rebellion then on foot; and the unaccountable Conduct of many Protestants, with relation to it, which sufficiently justified the Title given to the Sermon, when it was, at the Desire of Many, immediately printed.
The Twelfth was preached on May 29, 1716, at St. James's Chapel, at the Request of the then Lord Almoner, to whose Care the Sermon of that Day belongs. All that I fall say of it is, That the Subje&t of it, viz. The
Restoration made a Blesing by the Protestant Succession, which had then just taken Place ; must be allowed to be as pertinent to the Day, as Any that could possibly have been thought of.
The Thirteenth' was preached to the Society of the Gentlemen of Wales, March 1, 1716. The Subje&t of it, "Tbe Nature and Duty of a Public Spirit, I thought particularly of Importance at that Time; and, I can truly fay, was chofen without the least Thought of reflecting on any One Man, or Set of Men, more than Another ; but entirely with a view to the Duty of All equally, to have a Sacred Regard to the Good of the Whole, and to facrifice Albtheir Passions to That." is viis aastast
A br.A The Fourteenth is the Sermons concerning the Nature of the Kingdom of Chrift, i which is known too well, by the many and public Debates occasioned by it, to need any word about it here. At whose Request it was commanded to beco
published, I know not. But I know, that it was not, either directly or indirectly, from any Defire of mine.
The Fifteenth was preached at the Freneral sof an Excellent Lady, Mrs Howland ; and defigned, as all such Discourses ought to be, for the Use and Service of All Christians. But here I cannot but think it a Due, in point of - Gratitude, to Her Memory, publickly to acknowledge this Singular Obligation to Her, "That, in the Year 1710, when Fury seemed to be let loose, and to distinguish Me particularly ; She Herself, unasked, unapplied to ; without my having ever seen Her, or been seen by
Herzchose, by presenting Me to the Rectory of
The Sixteenth was preached on the Annivera
Of the Six additional Sermons, never before
If Any shall judge, from some Discourses
with the same Notion.' The Sermons on the
The only Inferences in my own Favor,