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Being the Substance of XVI S E R M O N S
With large N O T E S, - and many curious O B-
by W. D E R H a M, Rector of Upminster in
L O N D O N : e.
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T o T H E
Lord A R c H-Bishop of Cinterbary, Primate of all E NG LA N D, &c.
The furviving Trustee of the Honourable Mr. B0 I LE’s L E c T U R E s.
May it please your Grace, : May justly put these Le= čiures under Your Graces Patronage,their Publication being wholly owing to You. For having the * - Honour to be a MembeĖ of the Royal Society,as well as a Divine, I was minded to try what I could do towards the improvement of Philosophical Matters to Theological Uses ; and accord“ ingly laid a Scheme of what I have here published a Part of, and when I had little elfe to do, I drew up what I had to say, making it rather the divertA 2 ing z r.
ing Exercises of my Leifure Hours, than more ferious Theological Studies. This Work, although I made a confiderable Progress in at first, yet, having no Thoughts of Puðlishing, I laid afide; until your Grace, being informed of m
Design by some of my Learned Friends both of the Clergy and Laity,was pleafed to call me to the unexpećted Hơnour of Preaching Mr. Boyle's Leếtures :
an Honour I was little aware of in
my Country-Privacy, not much ac
quainted with Perfons in high Stati
ons, and not at all with your Grace particularly. So that therefore as it pleased your Grace, not only to confer fo unlooked for an Honour upon me, a Stranger, and that too maugre the Opposition Your Grace at first met with in Your Choice of me,but also to continue that Honour and Benefit for Two Years, out of Your good Opinion of
my Performance, in fome measure, anfwering Mr. Boyle's End ; so I can do
no less than make this publick Acknowledgment of your Graces great and un