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tionate, pathetic. He has my sincere thanks for the kind permission which he has given me to make use of them. I trust that he has not wholly relinquished the design which he had once formed of giving to the world another volume. The other fermons which I have selected, though not immediately addressed to criminals, treat upon subjects in which they are nearly interested. I have added The Convict's Address to his unhappy Brethren*. Here is evidently the hand of a master, urging the most powerful and appropriate topics, upon the most serious and folemn occasion. The unhappy man who delivered it, when he
gave lication, prayed God that, in the hands of the minister, it might frequently and effectually administer to the comfort and instruction of the miserable.
In my researches after exhortations and instructions proper for offenders, I consulted
it for pub
* See Boswell's Life of Johnson, vol. ii. p. 522, octayo edit.
Rossell's Prisoner's Director, published in the year 1742, a multifarious work, but useful, as presenting much matter for selection. His Directions to Criminals of different Descriptions are taken, as is also his Preface, but without acknowledgment, from a book entitled, Captivity improved to fpiritual Purposes, published in 1675, by E, Cresley, ordinary of Newgate *. They were revised by an unfortunate divine during his imprisonment, and republished after his death; but I do not think them striking or impressive. The sixth chapter containing directions against the influence of evil examples, is taken from A charitable Visit to the Prisons, a book which has much useful matter, published in the
I men. tion these books for the information of such as may be desirous to consult authors who have written upon this subject. No writings that I have seen are better calculated for the
* This book is in Sion college library.
edification of criminals than those of the pious and learned KeTTLEWELL. He is justly praised by Nelson for accuracy in the management of his argument, and for his talent in devotional composition *. All his writings upon this subject are in the folio edition of his works; and also in a fmall separate book, published in the year 1697. I do not know that it was ever reprinted: it certainly is not to be had in
His Office and Prayers for Prifoners are in Rosselk; but not his Directions to Prifoners in various Situations: these are fo judicious, fo forcible, familiar, and affectionate, and so well-formed for practical use, that, in the hands of an attentive minister, and in a prison well governed, I think they would be powerful and efficacious.
* The Society for promoting Christian Knowledge have published a very useful devotional book of Kettlewell's, entitled “ A Companion for the Penitent."
Prayers Prayers for Malefactors are to be found in the works of bishop Andrews, bishop Taylor, bishop Cozens, bifhop Patrick, and bishop Wilson ; in Dodwell's Șick Man's Companion, and in Jenks's Devotions. And those, whose duty may oblige, or charity induce them to visit the condemned, will find further information in a selection from Roffell, published by the Rev. Mr. Villette.
The eleverth Sermon, by Dr. Gaskin, is, with his permission, first introduced, in the present Edition.
Publipoed by the fame Author,