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June 1st was published, No. I. price 78. 6d. of
A SERIES OF THE MOST ESTEEMED
CHURCH OF ENGL A N D.
A LIFE OF EACH AUTHOR,
A SUMMARY OF EACH SERMON OR DISCOURSE, NOTES, &c.
BY THE Rev. T. S. HUGHES, B.D.
OF EMMANUEL COLLEGE; EXAMINING CHAPLAIN TO THE BISHOP OF
PETERBOROUGH, AND LATE CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE IN THE
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.
To be continued in Monthly Volumes, in a cheap, uniform, and commodious
size, and printed by A. J. VALPY, M.A. Red Lion Court, Fleet Street; where Subscribers' names for a part or the whole of the Series are received, as well as by all Booksellers in Town and Country.
It has frequently been a subject of complaint, that a Collection of the best English Divines, from the scarcity of good editions, and the expense of procuring them, is rarely met with in the Libraries even of our Clergy, although these are the sources to which, after the Holy Scriptures, they must apply for instruction and edification. A few select volumes of some favorite Authors are perhaps found on their shelves; but a regular Series, exhibiting the profound researches, the luminous expositions, the interesting criticisms, and the noble eloquence of British Theologians, falls to the lot of few : indeed our great public repositories themselves are not unfrequently deficient in this important branch of literature. To remedy these defects, and to enable the Clergy and Laymen to possess a treasure of such real excellence, at a time too when the Church of England requires the best erertions of her sons, is the object of the present undertaking.
It would indeed be discreditable to an age, in which the works of so many Authors have been reprinted in a form combining both economy and convenience, if those of the great orndments of our Church should be withheld from an extended circulation. It is proposed therefore to publish a Series on the following plan :
Each work will be preceded by a Biographical Memoir of its Author, comprising a general account of the times in which he lived, with a particular reference to the state of religious opinions.
An Argument or concise Summary of Contents will be prefixed to every Sermon, Tract, or Disquisition, contained in each Volume; so that not only direct access may be had to any portion required for perusal or consultation, but the Summary of each Sermon may be considered as a Skeleton well calculated to assist the young Divine in Composition.
Notes and observations will be added wherever they may appear necessary or useful; and at the end of each Author will be given an Index of those Scriptural passages which have been commented on in such Author.
Strict chronological order will not be observed in the Series; but those Authors will be first published, which may be considered as more immediately required.
The works of Bishop SHERLOCK, the only uniform edition bitherto published, are now completed in five volumes: after Dr. BARROW will follow the most popular works of Hall, Atterbury, Jewell, Seed, Jortin, South, Hurd, Bull, Beveridge, Balguy, S. Clarke, Ogden, Paley, IVaterland, Jer. Taylor, 8c.
A Volume will appear on the first of every month, in small 8vo., containing on an average 500 pages neatly printed, price 78. 6d. and may be bad of all Booksellers in Town and Country, with the Magazines and Reviews.
It is expected that the whole Series will not exceed FIFTY VOLUMES; but any
may be had separately. SHERLOCK's Works, in 5 vols. cloth bds. £1. 17s. 6d.
THE DIVINES OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.'
• We are happy to think that the best friends of the Church coincide with us, and are exerting themselves in the good work of patronising the present publication, which we trust will not only be found in the library of every clergyman, but in that of every gentleman in the kingdom.'— Morning Advertiser.
• The summaries, or, as they are denominated, 'Skeleton Sermons,' cannot fail to prove extremely convenient to young clergymen ; many of whom, no doubt, will avail themselves of the opportunity thus afforded of improving their own style of composition.'— British Traveller.
• No. VI. of this noble and highly useful publication has just appeared, commencing the works of Dr. Isaac Barrow, with some account of his life. Mı. Valpy is intitled to the support of every member of the Church of Eng. land, and especially of the clergy, for this spirited undertaking. The price is most favorable to extended circulation, which it richly merits, and which, we are pleased at hearing, it enjoys.'—Brighton Herald.
• We have no question but that this production will receive great support; it must be as highly prized by the serious of all classes of society, as it will be found eminently useful to those who minister in holy things.'— Plymouth and Devonport Herald.
• For cheapness and elegance, this work may rival any of the cotemporary publications which the press is now periodically pouring forth.'—Berkshire Chronicle.
• This work has long been a desideratum, and will be hailed by numbers as enabling them at small expense to place in their studies the luminous expositions, interesting criticisms, and noble eloquence of those brilliant omaments of our island—the British Theologians.'— Trewman's Exeter Flying Post.
• Exertions are making to furnish the works of the best authors on other subjects, in a form which unites economy with convenience, and is calculated to obtain for them an extensive circulation ; and it would be discreditable were the same attention not shown to those valuable productions, which the learning and piety of some of the brightest ornaments of the Church of England have bequeathed to posterity.'--Curlisle Patriot.