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OF THE LATE Rev.
JOHN WILLIAM DE LA FLECHERE;
.: BY THE REV.
CURATE OF MADELEY.
MÀ DE L Er:
ness of the character, (which could scarcely have been legible to the Author in his latter years) I judge them to have been the first essay of a genius afterwards so much admired. The Fragments, of which some appear as the thoughts of the day, others as notes of fermons, bear date the first few years of his ministry.
If, therefore, any part of this volume, however excellent, be deemed inferior to the more mature · productions of the same admirable pen, it is hoped that candour will have at least as much weight as criticisin.
The Reader is farther requested, to remember that the pious Author wrote only for himself and his friends; that these sheets want his perfecting hand; and that the Editor thought himself entitled to take no liberties.
It is not expected that Mr. Fletcher's reputation as a writer will receive new lustre from these Pythumous Pieces: But, if the many friends, who revere his memory, find edification and delight in perusing his apoftolick letters; if any, whose opposition of sentiment would not allow them to converse with him as a polemick divine, shall now receive him to their breasts," as a Christian brother; if any, who have not reaped the rich harveit of his foriner writings, are benefited by the gleanings of the field; and if the world in general is made better acquainted with the virtues of this excellent man: all the ends proposed by their publication will be obtained, and the Editor will think him elf justified in giving them to the press.
That the benediction of the Almighty may at. tend these last labours of his Servant, that the
Reader Reader may imbibe the spirit of the Author, and that myself and all my Fellow-labourers in the gospel, may emulate his faith and work in the Lord, is the earnest desire of