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I have no other wifh than* αληθέυειν εν αγάπη
to speak the truth, as far as I can difcover it, without giving or taking offence, but preferving good-humour and good-will, and fill remembering the fallibility of man.
Ephef. iv. 15.
THE HE fervility of Dedications has too often degraded the dignity of Literature. The tribute of gross flattery has not only difgraced Writers and offended Patrons, but depreciated valuable Works, and diminished their effects on the reader.
If I were mean enough to offer you adulation, your Lordship would defpife it: I fhould defpife myself. I dediA 2
cate these Sermons to you, for two
Dii tibi divitias dederunt artemque fruendi..
But I refrain. I know you delight to do good IN SECRET. I will not give you pain, by publicly expatiating on
Heaven will record
it. The world knows it; for it is
fo frequent and fo profuse, that your endeavours to conceal it cannot be fuccefsful.
Give me leave, my Lord, to express a wish, that you may long enjoy, for the fake of others as well as for your own, the bleffings which Providence has bestowed upon you.
I am, with unfeigned respect,
Tunbridge, Dec. 21, 1792.
Moft obedient, and
IT was not my intention, in the following pages, to engage in theological controverly; but I am fenfible, that it will appear from them, that I am a believer in the doctrine of the Trinity. This belief will expofe me to the attacks of those who condemn, without juftice or mercy, whatever militates against the Unitarian opinions. I therefore folicit the general reader's candour against the Unitarian's feverity'; and hope he will allow me to retain the opinions in which I have been educated, and in which I am confirmed by choice, without loading me with the imputation of infincerity, irrational religion, or want of liberality.
If I err in this point, I err with very wife and good men, and my error is injurious to
I cenfure none who fincerely differ from me, actuated by the unprejudiced dictates of