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GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW;
DELIVERED IN THE
PARISH CHURCH OF ST. JAMES,
IN THE YEARS 1798, 1799, 1800, AND 1801.
BY THE RIGHT REVEREND
BEILBY PORTE US, D. D.
BISHOP OF LONDON.
JN TWO VOLUMES.
THE SEVENTH EDITION.
PRINTED FOR T. CADELI. & W. DAVIES, STRANDj
T. Payne, Mews-gate; and
F. & C.RIVINGTON, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-TARO.
LONDON AND WESTMINSTER,
WRITTEN PRINCIPALLY FOR THEIR BENEFIT,
AND FAVOURED WITH THEIR UNREMITTED
ATTENDANCE FOR FOUR SUCCESSIVE YEARS,
WITH VERY SINCERE SENTIMENTS OF REGARD
AND WITH FERVENT PRAYERS FOR
THEIR FAITHFUL AND AFFECTIONATE
A T the time when the following Lectures -*- *-were first begun, the political, moral, and religious state of this kingdom, wore a very unfavourable aspect, and excited no small degree of uneasiness and alarm in every serious and reflecting mind. The enemies of this country were almost every where triumphant abroad, and its still more formidable enemies at home were indefatigably active in their endeavours to diffuse the poison of disaffection, infidelity, and a contempt of the holy Scriptures, through every part of the kingdom, more especially among the lower orders of the people, by the most offensive and impious publications; while at the same time it must be acknowledged, that among too many of the higher classes, there prevailed, in the midst of all