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CHRYSOSTOM. DE SACERDOTIO DIAL. II.
THE Tracts contained in the following volume have been collected and published, in conformity with the plan for some time adopted by The Delegates of the Clarendon Press, of assisting the Parochial Clergy, either by reprinting some of the more scarce or eminent treatises of our English divines, or by editing in a more convenient form such documents as, though necessary to be referred to by those in holy orders, were before accessible only in works of great magnitude and expense. And as what has hitherto been done with this view has received no inconsiderable approbation, not only from ecclesiastical persons, but from serious and learned men of all orders, it is hoped that the present republication of tracts calculated especially both to teach and to enforce the practical duties of ministers, will not be thought less useful than those which have preceded it, or a less serviceable endeavour to contribute to the advancement of true religion, and a due honouring of THE CHURCH as by law established in this realm.
OXFORD, July 6, 1807.