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BY

JEAN-BAPTISTE MASSILLON,

BISHOP OF CLERMONT.

TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,

THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.

SELECTED AND TRANSLATED

BY WILLIAM DICKSON;

AND

DEDICATED, BY PERMISSION,

TO

HER GRACE

THE DUTCHESS OF BUCCLEUGH.

COMPLETE IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOLUME I.

BROOKLYN:

PRINTID FOR THOMAS S. ARDEN, NO. 186, PEARL-STREET, NEW-YORK.

T. KIRK, PRINTER.

1803.

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TO HER GRACE

THE DUTCHESS OF BUCCLEUGH.

MADAM,

In consequence of

your permitting me to address

my

Translation of the following Sermons to your GRACE, the general approbation will be secured to at least one part of my Publication.

It is not your rank in the world, Madam, elevated as it is, which renders your protection of any part of the amiable MassilLon's Works so eminently proper ;

it is

your rank in the hearts of the good and virtuous, fuch as he was, who will unanimously acknowledge the propriety of the Dedication.

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Were I at liberty to mention instances, within the sphere of my own knowledge, of your GRACE's humanity and benevolence, the pleasure with which I seize this opportunity of expressing my veneration for your character, would be little wondered at; nor would the sincerity be doubted, with which I subscribe myself,

Madam,

Your GRACE's most respectful,

And most obedient fervant.

William Dickson.

TRANS

TRANSLATOR'S PREFACE

TO THE

PU B L I C.

It is equally proper for a Translator, as for an Author, to give some explanation (not apology, for surely a generous Public will require none, when the dissemination of virtue is evidently the purpose) of the production which he obtrudes upon the public.

This Translation was at first undertaken, merely for the recreation, during illness, of the Translator ; his admiration of Massillon's abilities, increasing as he went on, he was induced to continue, far beyond his first intention ; that animation, that unction, as D'Alembert fays, which flowed from his pen on every subject, that gentle, yet feeling address to the hearts of his hearers, and to which the most indifferent could not refuse attention, struck him so forcibly, that he could not reflect, without surprise, that no translation of his works had as yet appeared in English. Impressed with a conviction of their moral tendency, he determined, in consequence of the approbatio of some respectable clergymen, his friends, to publifh a selection of such as, unconnected with local or temporary events in France, would, in his opinion, be an ac. ceptable present to Christians of every denomination. He now offers the present volume to the public; and so impressed is he with a sense of their merit, that he is con

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