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SAINT STEPHEN's, IN THE CITY OF NORWICH,
AT WHOSE REQUEST
THESE SERMONS WERE PUBLISHED;
AND TO THAT OF
SAINT PETER'S, IN THE BOROUGH OF GREAT YARMOUTH,
IS RESPECTFULLY AND GRATEFULLY DEDICATED,
FAITHFUL FRIEND AND SERVANT,
WILLIAM HENRY CLARKE.
As this volume may chance to fall into the hands of readers who are not acquainted with the circumstances which occasioned its publication,-I am unwilling it should go forth to the world, without some explanation of the motives which induced me thus to obtrude it on public notice. On my appointment to the ministry of the church lately erected in Yarmouth, some of the members of my congregation in Norwich, requested me to publish a portion of the sermons which I had delivered during the time of my officiating amongst them. This kind wish, rendered doubly grateful to me by the kindness with which it was expressed, I could not refuse, although conscious how unworthy my hasty compositions would prove of so high a compliment.
The discourses contained in this volume were designed in the sincere hope of administering to the spiritual wants of a congregation, composed of various ranks and classes of persons: and they are presented with few alterations, except the occasional correction of inaccuracies of expression and some verbal errors, which from the pressure of other occupations, I had not, at the time, opportunity to revise. The reader will, perhaps, occasionally meet with passages almost verbally the same with those which he has seen elsewhere, without any acknowledgment being made of the source from which they were drawn. It will be necessary therefore, in my own justification, briefly to explain this apparent plagiarism. In consulting such commentators as I had access to on any particular text of Scripture, I have sometimes, I doubt not, adopted even their language as more expressive than any thing which I could write : and not having, at that time, the remotest idea that my sermons would ever thus be exposed to the eye of public criticism, I have generally neglected to mark the passages so borrowed with any signs of reference, and am now utterly