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But I must not omit upon this Occafion' my most Humble Thanks to that Excellent Good Lord, the Right Honourable the Lord Digby, whó, spon an Acquaintance happily contracted at the College, was pleafed at that time to afford me, (at his Seat in Warwickshire) a Comfortable Place of Refuge from that Storm; Though the Government then frown'd upon all that Countenanc'd or Receiv'd Ws; and had Decreed us to be Uncapable of Receiving, or being adnitted to, any Ecclesiastical Dignity, Benefice or Promotion - Such à Seasonable and Generous A&t of Friendship ought never to be forgotten, though it had been single ; But his Lordship has been pleased ever since to receive me with such distinguisbing Kindness, as I can never sufficiently Acknowtedge.
As for the Discourses on the Refurre&tion, she Groundwork of them
was all One Sermon, preach'd before the University of Oxford on EasterTuesday, An. 1686; ; which was afterwards enlarg’d into Four Difcourses at Lincolns-Inn; with a particular Eye to the Socinians, (so far as their Doctrine is concern'd in that Article of the Resurrection, for Reasons which I need not at this Distance of Time trouble the Reader withal,
But upon the mention of LincolnsInn, (since Societies never die,) I gladly lay hold of this, (tho late,) Opportunity, of Returning Publickly my Thankful Acknowledgments to that Honourable Society, for their Con. ftant Kindness and Respects to me, all the Eight Tears that I had the Honour and Happiness to be their Preacher : Which were indeed such, that if my Health would have permitted, I ought in Gratitude never to bave left them.
As for the Quotations made use of in any of the following Discourses, Some Few, I see, were taken from
Books which I have not now by me in the Country, to Examine. But in those I have, I find I was sufficiently Careful in the Use I made of them; and therefore I have reason to hope that I made no Mistakes in Quotations, nor any Misconstructions or Misapplications of Any of them.
T H E
SERMON I, II. Of Judging Others as to their Final
State. i Cor. iv. 5. Therefore Judge nothing bea before the Time, until the Lord come.
Pag. 1. 23.
SERMON III, IV. The Obligations we have of Grati
tude to God, for his
cies and Deliverances. Luke xvii. 17. Were there not Ten cleansed,
but where are the Nine ?
po 59. 84.
S E R M O N V. Vertue and Piety, the likeliest way
to Profperity and Happiness, e
ven in this World. 1 Kings ii. 2, 3 I
the Earth; Be Thou strong therefore, and foow thy self a Man;
way of all the
And keep the Charge of the Lord thy God,
to walk in his Ways, to keep his Staa
tutes and his Commandments and his
Judgments and his Testimonies, that thou
may & Prosper in all that thou doest, and
A Discourse of the Resurrection of
John v. 28, 29. Marvel not at This; for
the Hour is coming, in the which All
that are in the Graves ßball hear his
And fall come forth; They that have done
Good, unto the Resurrection of Life; and
they that have done Evil, unto the Re-
Surrection of Damnation. p 148. 176.
The Force of Natural Conscience.
Acts xxiv. 25. As he reasoned of Righte-
ousness, Temperance and Judgment to
come, Felix trembled, and answer'd, Go
thy way for this time; when I have a
Convenient Season, I will call for thee.