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and his Two Discourses
Conscience, which were formerly publisk'd without a Name, and make Part of the Collection of London Cales.
And these two Volumes contain all that he himself had suffered at any time to go abroad into the World.
But bis Executors were a little more liberal of his Productions; and in 1716. they added to the Collections made by himself, and then by his Bookseller, as above-mentioned, two Volumes more, consisting of Sermons never before printed." But this Step nevertheless was taken by them with due Caution, and after Advice bad with some Judicious Prelates, who had read them after they were transcribed, and confirmed the Resolution of making them publick.
And now, after several Years elapsed, two Volumes more have pass’d the Press, being the last Addition that
will be made to the Collection of his Works, fave a small Referve of Difcourses in the Popiso Controversy, which may possibly, some time or These were other, be published with other of his publique foon Papers relating to that Controversy, zch Loft and penn'd likewise in those Times.
Vol. of his
The first and principal Design of transcribing these, which are nowe printed, from the Original Manuscripts in Short-hand, (for all bis Sermons were wrote in Characters) was to preserve and rescue them from the Danger they were in of being irretrievably loft by being buried in the Cypher, if not extracted thence, and brought to light by one who was perfectly well acquainted with the ChaTacters be used, and with his peculiar manner of expressing and compounding them. The Transcript was begun some Years fince, and proceeded very leisurely, and with several Interruptions, under the uncertain View whether it should ever be made publick or
till the Year 1730, when the greatest Part of it was finished, perused and approved by competent Judges, and at length prepared for Publication.
The Reader therefore may be afur'd (and it is chiefly for his Satisfaction in this Matter that this Advertisement is prefixed to the Edition) that these are the Genuine Works of the Author, to whom the Title Page afcribes them; and that they are not rafhly obtruded upon the World, as Pofthumous Works too often are, but offered after mature Deliberation, and under a real Conviction of their being as perfect in their Kind as any wherewith this laft Age hath been presented.
Indeed, the bare avouching them to be Genuine supersedes any further Recommendation of them. Both the Charaéter and Writings of the Archbishop bave been generally so well
esteemed, that they stand in no need of the Suffrage of the Publisher, but will be able to support themselves (even in an Age by no means favourable to good Men and good Books) so long as Truth can stand her Ground, and sound Reafoning with Perfpicuity shall be accounted the chief Character of Perfection in Writing, especially upon Divine and Moral
Most of the Treatises in this first Volume are compounded, some of two, Some of three Sermons, joined together in the Form of continued Discourses, which will account for the Length of several of them, as it also gave occasion to entitle them Discourses rather than Sermons. The Design of this Disposition was to preserve the Chain of Reasoning upon each Subject intire and uninterrupted without those Recapitulations, which, tho necessary indeed under their Division into distinct Sermons, in order to accommodate them to the Pulpit, yet are altogether unneA 4
cessary to be retain'd for the Perufal of the Reader, who would rather be incommoded than relieved by such unseasonable Breaks in the Body of a juft Discourse. But however no more Liberty was taken with them, than would barely answer this End of Convenience, by omitting the Introduétions or Preambles to the subsequent Sera mons, when more than one were form’d upon the same Text. And because the Same Liberty could not be so well taken with the four last Sermons in this Volume, which are all likewise upon one Text, therefore they are published intire, as they were found in the Copies.
The other Volume confifts wholly of fingle Sermons, publis’d verbatim as they were preached, at least without any design’d Omision or "Alteration. Most of them had been deliver'd at Court, before their late Majesties King William, Queen Mary, and Queen Anne, as the Dates prefixed to them