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ASTOR, LEAD TILDEN 26" ATIONS.

1903

TO THE

RIGHT HONORABLE SPENCER PERCEVAL, M.P.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, &c. &c. &c.

SÍR,

The benevolent Attention you have paid to the Melioration of the state of the inferior Clergy, will, I hope, induce you to receive the Dedication of this small Volume, as a Mark of Gratitude and Respect. The Time, I trust, is not far distant, when, chiefly by your persevering and humane Exertions, every Parish will be enabled fairly

to expect and require its appro-
priate resident Clergyman. The
total absence of Laymen from their
Estates, is a great Injury to Sa-
ciety, but the Non-residence of
any established Ecclesiastic, either
Rector, Vicar, or Curate, is an Evil
attended with the worst Consequen-
ces to the Interests of Religion and
Morality.
I have the Honor to be,

. SIR,
Your obedient Servant,

A. FRESTON,
EDGWORTI, JUNE 3, 1809.

TO THE READER.

THE Author begs leave to apologize for printing the few Greek Notes that occur in these Sermons, in the Roman Character. He has experienced, upon former Occasions, so much Delay, and so many Mistakes in the Greek Type, that he hopes it will be excused upon the present. The chief 06ject, is to give the Authority for an Assertion ; and to the Learned, he hopes, this will be done as well by the Method now resorted to, as by the other, which it certainly gave him great concern not to adopt.

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