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By RICHARD WATSON, D.D. F. R.$.
LORD BISHOP of LAND AFF,
Regius Professor of Divinity:in the:UNIVERSITY of
Printed by J. ARCHDEACON Printer to the UNIVERSITY;
and J. & J. FLETCHER, Oxford.
Eight Charges delivered to the Clergy of the Dioceses of Oxford
and Canterbury. To which are added, Instructions to Candidates for Orders. By THOMAS SECKER, LL.D. late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. Lond. 1769. p.I.
The Visitation Charges which have been published, at different times, by the Bishops of the Church of England, relative to the pastoral duties of the Clergy, are many and good; and these by Archbishop Secker deserve as much attention as the best of them. Herbert's Country Parson; Burnet's Pastoral Care; Ostervald's Lectures on the Exercise of the Sacred Ministry; not to speak of Chrysostom and the other Ancients, who have written on the subject, may be very usefully read by serious minded
A Treatise concerning the Causes of the present Corruption of
Christians, and the Remedies thereof. By J.F.OSTERVALD.
Improvement of this Proposition; viż: That the enduing Men with inward real Righteousness, or true Holiness, was the ultimate End of our Saviour's coming into the World, and is the great Intendment of his blessed Gospel. By Ed. Fowler, D.D. Bishop of Gloucester. 3d Ed. Lond. 1699.
P.311. This work was first published in 1676, there have been several editions of it since; but not so many, as, from the worth of it, might have been expected. Lucas' Practical Christianity; Scott's Christian Life; The whole Duty of Man; Holy Living and Dying; and Thomas a Kempis, of the Imitation of Christ, are works of a similar tendency. Bp. Burnet, in speaking of such kind of books, very truly says, “ by the frequent reading of these books, by the relish that one has in them, by the delight they give, and the effects they produce, a man will plainly perceive, whether his soul is made for divine matters or not; what suitableness there is between him and them; and whether he is yet touched with such a sense of religion, as to be capable of dedicating himself to it." Appendix.