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LONDON, PUBLISHED BY JOHN SHARPE, PICCADILLY.

1819.

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The limits of this publication cannot embrace the Theological Works of the BRITISH PROSE WRITERS : but an exception niay, with propriety, be made in favour of the Sermons of a Layman, and one so eminent as the Author of the RAMBLER. Other reasons may be alleged for their insertion among the present volumes : although numerous editions of DR. JOHNSON's works are in circulation, but few, comparatively, of his readers, are aware that these sermons have not hitherto been admitted into any of them : but above all, the subjects on which they treat, and the pen from which they flowed, indisputably rank them with the original writings of Bacon and Boyle, of Clarendon and Locke.

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