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and his Two Discourses upon Conscience, which were formerly publish'd without a Name, and make Part of the Collection of London Cases.
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 miade 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 had 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, Save a small Reserve of Difcourses in the Popish Controversy, which may posibly, some time or other, be published with other of his Papers relating to that Controversy, and penn'd likewise in those Times.
The forft and principal Design of transcribing these, which are now 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 perfeetly well acquainted with the Characters he used, and with his peculiar manner of expressing and compounding them. The Transcript was begun fome Years fince, and proceeded very leisurely, and with several Interruptions, under the uncertain View whether it should ever be made publick or
no, 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 assur'd and it is chiefly for bis 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 ascribes them; and that they are not rashly obtruded upon the World, as Pofthumous Works too often are, but offered after mature Deliberation, and under a real Conviction of their being as perfeet in their Kind as any wherewith this laft Age bath been presented.
Indeed, the bare avouching them to be Genuine supersedes any further Recommendation of them. Both the Character and Writings of the Archbishop bave been generally so well
eftcemed, 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 Di. vine and Moral Subjects.
Moft of the Treatises in this firft 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 necesary indeed under their Division into diftint Sermons, in order to accommodate them to the Pulpit, get are altogether unneA 4
cessary to be retain’d for the Perusal of the Reader, who would rather be incommoded than relieved by such unseasonable Breaks in the Body of a just Discourse. But however no more Liberty was taken with them, than would barely answer this End of Convenience, by omitting the Introductions or Preambles to the subsequent Sermons, 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 single Sermons, publish'd verbatim as they were preached, at least without any design’d Omiffion 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