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TO HAVE BEEN DELIVERED
TO THE CLERGY OF NORWICH,
GEORGE, LORD BISHOP OF THAT DIOCESE.
THE infirmity under which I have laboured for some time past having rendered it impossible for me to meet my Clergy at the customary season, and the great uncertainty when I may be able to recover sufficient strength for that purpose, have induced me to transmit a few lines to them from the press; that so, whenever I am called hence, I may leave some testimony of my regard for them, and attention to their concerns.
They have my thanks for the many instances of their kindness; and, whether living or dying, I pray God to bless them in every good word and work.
A CHARGE, &c.
WHEN God surveyed the world which he had made, he saw that every thing was good and perfect in its kind and such as he made it, such it continues to this day, under a law which shall never be broken. But when we turn our eyes toward the moral world, we find it unsettled and variable. It receives a law which it doth not preserve, but becomes weary of truth, and studious of novelty. The body is continually changing the fashion of its garments, but such fashions may pass and repass with little offence: new opinions, which are the fashions of the mind, are of dangerous influence, especially in religion, where they are most apt to intrude.
We therefore, my brethren, whose office it is to watch for the souls of men, should carefully observe what changes are taking place in our own age and country; what good doctrines are decaying, what evil opinions are rising up and spreading; tracing them, so far as we are able, to the causes and sources from whence they have proceeded. Such an inquiry as this being altogether of a spiritual intention, and for the conduct of which we must one day give a strict