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HE Seventeen Sermons

contain'd in this Volume, т

are the only Pieces of the late Do&tor Symon Patrick,

Lord Bishop of Ely, which have been published since his Death. They were compos'd in the Prime of his Years, and very fairly written out by himself in one Volume. They were. put into the Booksellers Hands by his Relict, Mrs.Penelope Patrick now living, with her Desire that they might be made Publick.

The Author was so eminent for his great Learning and fingular Piety, and

his

his Practical Writings and Books of Devotion have been so well received, that the Booksellers think it a considerable Recommendation of these Difcourses, and the Prayers annexed to them, that they can assure the World, they are the Genuine Works of that Excellent Prelate, and printed with great Care and Exactness from his own Manuscript. They have also been assured by their Friends who have perused these Sermons, that as Mens being contented in all Efates of Life, is a Matter of great Consequence to their Happiness, so the Reader will here find the Duty of Contentment very fully treated of, and recommended with all that Clearness and Strength of Reasoning, and with all that Learning and true Piety, which might be expected in so Celebrated an Author, writing upon so Important a Subject.

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