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and will bear up his faithful servants in all the dangers and troubles which may assault them! To Him, to His grace, to His merits, and to His mercy, I heartily commend

you,

and

Have the honor to be,

With all respect and esteem,

My dear Lord Bishop,

Yours most faithfully,

I. E. N. MOLESWORTH.

TO THE READER.

To those at all acquainted with the question, and the

many dissertations written upon it, the Author need scarcely observe, that the view of the foundations of Episcopacy taken in a Sermon must be a very cursory and imperfect one. However, though a complete treatise may not be practicable within such limits, an useful one may be. And this has been the object aimed at. He has hoped that, by a judicious selection of the points on which his sketch will touch, it may be made like a rough map, which, though it may not distinguish every bye-path and cross road, yet may so indicate the general plan of the country, and the direction of the principal roads, as to guard the traveller from being led far astray by fallacious representations, or treacherous guides. Those who desire to search more deeply, will find abundance of information in Bilson, Andrewes, Jer. Taylor, Hall,

Hammond, Dodwell, Hooker, Barrow, Heylin, and Potter.

The collections of these learned men, as well as his own many avocations, as Editor of a weekly publication, parish priest, and father of a family, have induced him to make his references less copious than might perhaps have been expected. Seldom a day passes, at the close of which he cannot appreciate, as well as the hardest labourer, the luxury of laying his head on his pillow. He claims, therefore, indulgence for any seeming carelessness. For the same reasons, not distinguishing his cause, he has declined the discussion of controverted texts, and also because his object is to defend the principles of his own Church, not to condemn others. He has not read the arguments on both sides without feeling that good men may view them in a light different from that in which they appear to him. And he hopes they will offer up their prayers in the same spirit of charity for him as he does for them, that “all who profess and call themselves Christians, may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life.”

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SERMON

&c.

ERRATA.
Page 8, line 12, for " distinguishing" read " distrusting."

14, note 1, line 11, for “ more” read “mere.”

note 2, line 2, for “ Pope” read “ Bishop.”
16, note, line 4, before "whether” insert" to doubt."

note 1, line 4, for “ passage” read “passages.”
17, note 1, line 5, for “ valent” read "valeat,"
23, note 2, line 1, dele" for.”
26, line 10, for“ her” read “ their."

IIIIIUully, as Deity v Plova • few and emphatic words, some very important duties of the episcopal office; it is couched in language expressive of an earnestness and affection correspondent to the responsibility of his situation, and to the circumstances under which the injunctions are uttered by St. Paul—when he was under a strong conviction, if not a special assurance, that the “time of his departure was at hand'," and Hammond, Dodwell, Hooker, Barrow, Heylin, and Potter.

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The collections of these learned men, as well as his own many avocations, as Editor of a weekly publication, parish priest, and father of a family, have induced him to make his references less copious than might perhaps have been expected. Seldom a day passes, at the close of which he cannot appreciate, as well as the hardest labourer, the luxury of laying his head on his pillow. He

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