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text , the solemn and sublime passage , Acts i . 9 —11 , the Doctor began : <( There are two occasions of this day accidentally met together , which bear * some resemblance to one another ; the ascension of our blessed Saviour into
heaven , and his exaltation in his kingdom , being ' crowned with glory and honour , and set on the right hand of the Majesty on high : ' and the restoration of our sovereign to his just rights y and royal state' and dignity here upon earth , by a miraculous
providence of God , and as it were by a kind of resurrection from the dead" ! He proceeds , " The first of these being of a more spiritual and excellent nature , shall be the subject of my present discourse , not forgetting the other in the application of it / ' He then treats
the subject of the ascension with his usual ability , seriousness and dexterity in the Scriptures , and comes at length to the application , in the conclusion of which he says , first , " Let us heartily
thank God for the whole dispensation of our salvation by the incarnation and doctrine , by the holy life and meritorious death of our blessed Saviour ;" and secondly , " And let us likewise bless God for the wonderful
restoration of his majesty to the government of these kingdoms , who , under Christ , is the great defender of our faith and religion ; and let us pay that duty and obedience , which becomes us , to a prince whom God hath so miraculously preserved and restored ; and pour out our most fervent prayers to God , that
he would long preserve him , and protect his person from all dangers , who is the great security of our religion , and the life of all our hopes , and as truly as any prince ever was to any people , THE LIGHT OF OUR EYES AND THE BREATH OF OUR NOSTRILS ; and that GfoD would make him * wise as an
angel of God , to go in and out before this great people ;* and grant to him , and all the people of this land , ' to know in this our day the things that belong to our peace , befpre they be hid from our eyes . '"
In a note upon this passage it is said , " Preached towards the conclusion of the reign of King Charles II . " This is meant to remind the leader , that it was panned when the Protestants and Whigs were desirous of the life of that jtnonarch , on account of the imminent danger ot a Popish succes-
sor . But allowing this apology its full weight , what justification cai * be framed for such adulation from such ti man as Tillotson to ajiy prince , and much more to such a prince as Charles
II ., who sold his country to France , spilled the best blood which was in it , turned his palaces into stews , and as to religion lived a hypocrite and died a dishonest Catholic ? Can any thing worse be found in the sermons of the
Gaudens , the Allestrees , the Sheldons , the Parkers and the Souths of that age of ecclesiastical profligacy , and corruption ? * CANTABRIGIENSIS .
Eweter \ Sir , December 8 , 1819 , MY late highly-valued friend , the Rev . Joseph Bretland , of this city , having nominated me his sole executor , in trust , an honour which ,
though unworthy of , I cannot sufficiently appreciate , I am become , in consequence thereof , possessed of his manuscripts . It is my intention , should life and ability be granted me , with the assistance of my much-respected friend , the Rev . Thomas Jervis , to make a
selection from Mr . Bretland ' s sermons , for the purpose of publishing two volumes ; and I hope they may be ready for delivery in a few months hence . It is probably unnecessary for me to say any thing in commendation of these Discourses , as every person who knew the author is well aware that nothing
but what is of sterling value , and highly adapted to promote the cause of virtue and religion , could proceed from his pen . This is one x > f the objects which I have in view in publishing , and the other is to hand down to posterity the name of . one who , from the extreme diffidence with which he was ever
accustomed to estimate his 'own attainments in science , has been , comparatively , but little known in the world . The confidence placed in me * b y my late venerable * friend may , by some at least , be thought to require a
panegyric on his talents and virtues ; but this has been done already by ; two writers better qualified than myself , and whose opinions must have more weight ; and I have the happiness to expect an extended memoir from the Rev . Mr . Mardon , of Glasgow . * It is true my knowledge tpi- Mr . Bretland is > not ; of a rece&fc 4 ate , • ¦ . - ¦ * ...
12 * Mr . Kennaway on the Sermons and Character of the late Mr , Bretland .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 12, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/12/