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SER VON

JAMES PARSONS,

YORK

SECOND EDITION.

LONDON:

WESTLEY AND DAVIS, STATIONERS' COURT.

STEREOTYPED BY J. R. AND C, CHILDS, BI'NGAY.

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PREFACE.

THE author, in offering these Sermons to the public, may be permitted to notice the circumstances under which he was induced to prepare them for the press.

In the summer of last year, his health became so seriously affected in consequence of continued exertions, that he was compelled altogether to suspend his public labours. At first he hoped that the necessity for retirement would not long exist, but he afterwards found with deep regret that several months at least must elapse, before he could resume the occupations in which it had been his delight to engage. He was therefore rendered anxious to employ his unwilling leisure in a manner which, while not injurious to himself, might be instrumental in promoting the spiritual benefit of others. Among various plans, the publication of some of those discourses which he had formerly delivered from the pulpit, proposed itself to his mind; several esteemed friends expressed their wishes on the subject; and he resolved to act upon the suggestion,-desiring that the divine blessing which had been vouchsafed to them in the sanctuary, Inight also attend them in the family and the closet. Of that resolution, the present volume is the result.

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