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USE AND ABUSE OF THIS WORLD.
ST. BENE'T GRACECHURCH,
CITY OF LONDON,
TO THE REVEREND
GEORGE GASKIN, D.D.
RECTOR OF ST. BENE'T GRACECHURCH.
WHEN I delivered the following Discourse in your pulpit, I did not foresee that the audience would require me to print it. At the request of good people, I have already printed more sermons, and within a shorter time, than I intended or desired. The subject of this present one being almost as wide as the world of which it treats; I would have kept it awhile longer under my eye, for the chance of some farther improvements; but if your Congregation are disposed to accept it in its present imperfect state, I ought to submit without scruple to their good intentions. On one account, I am pleased with the accident: it gives me a fair opportunity of expressing my regard and affection for you, who serve the Church at large, by dedicating your life, as Mr. Broughton, that eminent example of piety, did before y°u, to the business of Christianity, as well as to
"te other common offices of devotion and charity.
In return for the honour your Congregation have done me, I can wish them nothing better, than that they may distinguish wisely, and receive faithfully, the blessings they may derive from your ministry.
This Epistle is the smallest testimony due to your merits, from, ,
Your affectionate Brother in Christ,
And humble Servant,