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THE

OCCASIONAL SERMON,

DELIVERED BEFORE THE

UNIVERSALIST GENERAL CONVENTION,

At its Session in the City of New-York, Sept. 1811 ;

TOGETHER WITH

THIRTEEN OTHER SERMONS,

Delivered on the same occasion.

NEW-YORK:
P. PRICE, 130 FULTON STREET.

1841.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841,

By P: PRICE, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District

of New York.

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NOTE TO THE READER.

In giving the following Sermons to the public-as “ Convention Sermons,"— it may be inferred by the general reader that they were prepared and arranged expressly for the occasion. It is, therefore, due the authors to say, that, with the exception of the Occasional, no previous arrangements are made for the Discourses to be delivered during the session of the Convention. The whole direction is left to a committee, usually designated at the opening of the session ; and they make all arrangements, select speakers, &c. Consequently, those called upon to officiate, must go before their audiences with such preparation as they may happen to possess ; or at best, with but few hours' additional preparation.

We cannot but express the hope, in this connexion, though it may possibly be deemed out of place, that this evil (for evil, or difficulty, we regard it) will be eventually removed—that the Council of the General Convention will sooner or later take the matter into its own hands, and not only select all the preachers for its succeeding annual session, but allot each one some specific subject to discourse upon. In this

way,
time

may not only be allowed the preachers to prepare themselves, but we shall obtain a series of discourses on important and useful

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