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REV. WILLI, ALEY, D. D.
SUBDEAN OF LINCOLN, PREBENDARY OF ST. PAUL'S AND

RECTOR OF BISHOP WEARMOUTH.

PRINTED FOR HOPKINS AND EARLE, PHILADELPHIA;
AND FARRAND, MALLORY AND CO. BOSTON.
Fry and Kammerer, Printers.

1808.

TO NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

164944 A ASTOF, LENOX AND TILDEN ICT? DATIONS R

in L .

ADVERTISEMENT.

.., P. G. Noyes Libry, 18 Sept.,1924. Dup. exch

THE author of these Sermons, by a codicil to his
Will, declared as follows:-“ If my life had been
spared, it was my intention to have printed at Sunder-
land a Volume of Sermons about 500 copies; and I
had proceeded so far in the design as to have tran-
scribed several Sermons for that purpose, which are
in a parcel by themselves. There is also a parcel from
which I intended to transcribe others; but the whole.
is in an unfinished state, the arrangement is not set-
tled, and there are many things which might be
omitted, and others which may be altered or consoli-
dated.” The codicil then goes on to direct, that,
after such disposition should have been made re-
specting the Manuscripts as might be deemed ne-
cessary, they should be printed by the Rev. Mr. Ste-
phenson, at the expense of the testator's executors,
and distributed in the neighbourhood, first to those
who frequented church, then to farmers' families in
the country, then to such as had a person in the
family who could read, and were likely to read them;
and finally, it is added, “I would not have the said
Sermons published for sale."

In compliance with this direction, the following Sermons were selected, printed and distributed by the Rev. Mr. Stephenson, in and about the parish of Bishop Wearmouth, in the year 1806.

These Discourses were not originally composed for publication, but were written for, and, as appears by the Manuscripts, had been preached at the Parish Churches of which, in different parts of the author's life, he had the care. It was undoubtedly the author's intention that they should not have been published; but the circulation of such a number as he had directed by his will to be distributed, rendered it impossible to adhere to the other part of his direction; and it was found necessary to publish them, as the only means of preventing a surreptitious sale.

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