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THE SERMONS contained in this little book were suggested by the Judgment pronounced in the case of Mr. Voysey, and were consecutively preached in S. James's Chapel, York Street. Some matter now included in them was omitted in delivery, and the Sermon on “Freedom in the Church, though last in point of time, is now placed at the beginning, for obvious reasons.
It takes the place of an introduction.
I must apologise to some of my readers for the way in which some things are repeated over and over again in different words; but repetition, though dull, is not always a mistake.
The reasons why I publish them appear sufficiently from the Sermons themselves. The Judgment itself is not impugned in them, but certain phrases on three great subjects, which, I believe, have crept in unawares, and which seemed to many to impose the views of a special party on the whole Church, are claimed as unintentional errors, or as intentionally modified by other phrases. With inferences, generally speaking, we have nothing to do. A