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"HE sermon which gave
rise to the publication of these, having been offered to the world as a sermon of Yorick's, I hope the most setious reader will find nothing to offend him, in my continuing these two volumes under the same title : left it fhould be otherwise, I have added a second title-page with the real name of the A 3
author-the first will serye the bookseller's purpose, as Yorick's name is possibly of the two the more known;and the second will ease the minds of those who fee a jest, and the danger which lurks under it, where no jest was
I suppose it is needless to inform the public, that the reason of printing these sermons, arises altogether from
the favourable reception, which the sermon given as a sample of them in TrisTRAM SHANDY met with from the world ; - That fermon was printed by itself some years ago, but could find neither purchasers nor readers; so that I apprehended little hazard from a promise I made upon its republication, “. That if the fermon “ was liked, these should be « also at the world's service;"