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THE

WORKS

Of the late

Reverend and Lp^rned

Mn Jofeph Stennett :

In Five Volumes.

To which is prefix'd

Some Ac cov NT of his Life.



VOL. L

Containing thofe Sermons which
were publifh'd by himfelf,



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vnted for J. Darby, D. Midwinter and A. Ward,
JNOsBORN and T.Longman, J. Noon, F.Clay,
'% Cox, -R. Ford, R. Hett, and J, Gray.
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P R E F A C E.

THE Works of Mr. Stennett are
properly, in the title page, /aid to be
in five Volumes j tho four only were
fubfcribed for, and are now printed in a Jet :
becaufe his Anfwer to Mr. Ruflen's book up-
on baptifm makes up the fifth volume -, which
was indeed publified many years fince 'y but the
edition being jo large (confifting of feveral
thoufajids) that a fufiicient number remain U7i-
Jold^ it may be had at an eafy price, feparate
from the other four.

As to the four volumes which are now printed^
the firfi of them contains all thoj'e fermons
which were before publijloed by himjelf, and
have already met with fo good an acceptarice in
the world, that nothing more need be faid of
them in this place,

\thefecond and third volumes are a colledlion
of fuch fermons as were taken in jhort-hand
from his mouth, as he delivered thetn : except^
. ing that in the fecond volume the Reforma-
tion Sermon is taken from his own manu^
fcriptf the application being publijhed in that
brief manner in which he had committed it to
^riting, whereas in the delivery it was ihucb
Vol. I, A larger '»



ii PREFACE.

larger 't and the (evmons c?i Phil. ii. 2. and
Tit. i. 5. had his emendations in fome of the
jirjl pages. The other fermons in theje '•columes^
tho they ivould haije appeared much more to
ad^oantage^ had they been revijed by the au-
thor^ may however he depended upon as his own ;
nia72y of them being printed from a collation
of copies^ taken as he Jpoke them^ by tivo dif-
ferent hands. If the language may not al-
ways appear fo correal, as what he wrote
himfclf\ yet that fpirit of piety which they all
breathe^ will doubtlefs recommend them to per-
fons of a like tafle. A?id when, it is confidered,
that in his preparations for the pulpit he
ufed only to write fhort hints of the heads
of difcourfe, and references to texts of
fcripture, and that he committed things,
not words • to memory ^ j every candid
reader will rather adtnire that the flyle isfo
correal ^ and the fermons attended with fo few
digrefjions^ than be dijpleafcd to find them
7iot in all refpcSis fo exaB as thofe in the fir jl
volume.

T'he fourth volume contains his poems ; as
well all thofe which had before been publijl:ed
by himfelf as fuch others which at this dijlance
of time could be recovered^ and were any ways
fitted to lee the light. The colle5lion had been
confdcrably larger than it is, if cither the
author had given the lafl hand to feveral of
bis pieces^ or all thofe which were Jinijhed by

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