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AS, through the medium of several periodical works, it has been made known to the public that the late Dean of Carlisle bequeathed his Brother's MSS. to the Editor of the present volume, its appearance more than three years after the lamented death of that great man may require explanation. Some may wonder that the publication has been so long deferred'; while others may be disposed to ask, why, from a stock of sermons out of which two large volumes had been already selected, a third should be now produced.
The fact is, that the Editor did not venture on this step without considerable hesitation. He was afraid, lest, when his materials had been twice sifted, and each time what appeared the choicest taken away, he should not be able to furnish a volume equal in excellence to the former two, and at the same time affording a sufficient variety. These apprehensions he repeatedly expressed to friends who urged