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Archbishop Secker directed his studies, with peculiar energy, to that great department of theology which respects Christian virtue. His skill in scriptural criticism, and-in the theory of religion, appear incidentally in the matter of his sermons; but when he pursued the detail of moral duty, he followed the bent of his genius, and held the path in which he was fitted to excel.
Had Dr. Secker remained through life in the more private situation of a parochial pastor, his sermons would probably have been almost whol-< ly of the fame class with those which compose this sirst volume of the new edition; but when his merit brought him forward into the highest ecclesiastical situation, it became necessary for the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend to public cares, and to employ his talents on those subjects which involved the interests of the state, and of a national church. Of course, there occur in his works a series of sermons, respecting the rebellion, by which the religious and civil liberties of Britain were brought into hazard. There are sermons on Occasions of war and peace, and on particular events affecting the state of the Royal Family. There are sermons
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