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Archbishop Secker directed his studies, with peculiar energy, to that great department of theology which respects Christian virtue. His skill in fcriptural criticism, and in the theory of religion, appear incidentally in the matter of his fermons; but when he pursued the detail of moral duty, he followed the bent of his genius, and held the path in which he was fitted to excel.
HAD Dr. Secker remained through life in the more private fituation of a parochial pastor, his fermons would probably have been almost whole ly of the same class with those which compose this first volume of the new edition ; but when his merit brought him forward into the highest ecclefiaftical situation, it became necessary for the Archbishop of Canterbury to attend to public
cares, and to employ his talents on those subjects which involved the interests of the state, and of a national church. Of course, there occur in his works a series of fermons, respecting the rebellion, by which the religious and civil liberties of Britain were brought into hazard. There are serions on occasions of war and peace, and on particular events affecting the state of the Royal Family. There are sermons