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ABRAHAM PAUL, PRINTER, CORNER OF WATER-STREET AND

BURLING-SLIP, NEW-YORK,

1821.

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Southern District of New York, ss. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-ninth day of December, in the fortyfifth year of the Independence of the United States of America, the Rev. WILLIS Harris, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as Proprietor, in the words following, to wit: " Sermons on Important Subjects. By the late Rev. Fletcher Harris, an Itinerant

Minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church in America. To which is prefixed, a Memoir of the Author's Life."

“ He being dead, yet speaketh.”

“ He was a burning and a shining light.”. In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned.” And also to an Act, entitled “an Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

G. L. THOMPSON,
Clerk of the Southern District of New-York.

PREFACE.

HAD the publisher been the author of the following work, he would not have troubled the public with any apology for it, nor would he have felt himself justifiable in asking the indulgence of his readers; whose attention and patronage he could only have expected on the ground of its own intrinsie merit.

The following discourses were written, some before and some after they were delivered: and it is probable without any expectation, on the part of the author, that they would ever be printed. And certainly it never was intended to publish them in their present form. Under such circumstances the publisher asks the forbearance of the critic, and hopes the main design of the author will be kept in view; which was to correct the morals of the profligate and unthinking and comfort and establish the followers of Christ.

Had the author lived and published for himself, he would, no doubt, have paid more particular attention to the following sermons: they might have been differently arranged: and considerable

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