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head both of the first (itself a recent one) and the last Sermon in this volume, was the text of the Author's first Sermon in 1824, when he went “ forth to his work and to his labour," and of his last in 1843, when “ the evening ” was come.

W. J. COPELAND.

FARNHAM RECTORY, Essex,

November 22nd, 1869.

TO

WILLIAM JOHN COPELAND, B.D.

FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD

THE KINDEST OF FRIENDS

WHOSE NATURE IT IS

TO FEEL FOR OTHERS MORE

THAN THEY FEEL FOR THEMSELVES

This Volume

IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED

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THE

[E Sermons which follow were all preached

in the Author's late Parish; but in preparing them for publication, a few words or sentences have in several places been added, which will be found to express more of private or personal opinion, than it was expedient to introduce into the instruction delivered in Church to a parochial congregation. Such introduction, however, seems unobjectionable, in the case of compositions which are detached from the sacred place and service to which they once belonged, and submitted to the reason and judgment of the general reader.

LITTLEMORE, November 25th, 1843.

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