Never was the attention of the clergy to every part of their duty, publick and private, more requisite than at the present time. Education is becom
e so general amongst every class of the people in this nation, and the taste for pulpit composition in the middle ranks, so much more refined than it formerly was, that there are few congregations in which a very unskilful mode of reading the services of the Church, or a want of tolerable correctness in the lanB 2 guage
gwage and arrangement of a sermon, would pass unobserved: And the spirit >of proselytism rages to such a degree amongst some bodies of dissenters, and those, the wildest and most dangerous, that the constant unremitted private labour of the pastor, is not more than sufficient to prevent-even the well-inclined part of his flock being seduced from the doctrine and discipline ‘of the Church.
These considerations induced me to employ a few leisure hours, in throwing together the following hints upon the discharge of the pastoral office. I was convinced the employment would be of advantage to myself, that it would