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Being the Substance of XVI S E R M O N S
Preached in St. Mary le Boav-Church, London,
at the Honble Mr. B O TL E's L E c r u R E s,
in the Years 171 1 and 1712.

With large N O T E S, - and many curious O B-
SERVATI o NS never before Published.

by W. D E R H a M, Rector of Upminster in

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L O N D O N : e.
Printed for W. IN N Y s, at the Princes Arms in
St. Paul's Church-Yard. MDCCXIII.

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T o T H E
Most Reverend Father in G o D,

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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.

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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

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