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putes, and the burtful Quarrels of the Times ; and have been very useful to the World: ' and we thought it no way improper or unfutable to the Character "and Ćircumstance of younger Ministers, to be willing to ferve so excellent an Interest and hope we may move in this Tower Sphere withoxt any just Cenfure.

It will be necessary to obferve, That tho the present Discourses may not be so uniform and of a Piece, or wrought off with so even a Thred, as if compos’d by a single Hand; like the different Colourings of several Hands in a Pieture: get they have upon that Account their Advantage

and

and Convenience too. For the the same things happen fometimes to be said by several, yet they are always directed to a different Purpose, and exprest in a different Manner. And it may be fome Gratification to the innocent Curiosity, as well as fome Help to the real Benefit of the serious Reader, 'to see the same things held in a different Light, and cloth'd in a different Dress ; and may give the greater Advantage to the Evidence and Beauty of Divine Truth, So that what is wanting in the Symmetry of Parts,or Equality of Stile, is made

made up in the Pleasure of Variety ; like the grateful Confusion of different

Flowers

Flowers in a pleasant Field, or the pleasing Harmony arifing from the Composition of several Sounds.

We shall only add, That if we had known any - thing fo distin{tly writ upon the Subject, form’d out of the Scripture, and fitted for common Ufe, we should have thought the present Undertaking the less necessary. And we are willing to hope it may not be wholly fruitless, and without Success, as we earnestly desire it may be attended with the Divine Blessing.

London, Feb. 13.

1701

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