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JOHN HILEY ADDINGTON, ESQ.
JOINT PAYMASTER-GENERAL OF : HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES.
Vicar's Hill, Jan. 8, 1805. MY DEAR SIR,' It is a pleasure to me, that these little publications afford me an opportunity of giving a testimony of my affection to some of my early friends, whose conduâ in life has given me so much fatisfaction. With various branches of your family I have had much intimate acquaintance, if I may not call it friendship; among whom I have seen all the duties of private life very pleasingly fulfilled.
It has been the impudent boast of profiligacy, that private vices are public benefits. I should not think the welfare of my Country ran much risk, under the influence of an opposite maxim.—I dare even venture to conceive, the influence of private virtues will
still be more beneficial, the more they are exalted into public-Nay, I own, my dear Sir, I am fuperftitious enough to believe, a religious prince, and a religious ininistry, are, even in a political light, among the greatest blessings of a nation. Profligacy, with all its boasted benefits, I should dread to fee connected with any department of the Public. It makes a plain man shudder to hear patriots bawling for the public good, while every action of their lives, perhaps, is an addition to the public guilt. Let us rather consider the virtues of a private life, as a pledge to the Public; and think ourselves happy when our friends have given this pledge to their country.
Warmed with these sentiments, I beg you, my dear Sir, to believe me, with the greatest fincerity and esteem,
Your truly affectionate friend and servant,
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SUBJECTS 5 OF THE SERMONS.