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A Sermon Occasioned by the Death of the Late Mr. Robert Watson, Preached in St. Andrew's Church, Montreal, April 8th, 1827

Excerpt from A Sermon Occasioned by the Death of the Late Mr. Robert Watson, Preached in St. Andrew's Church, Montreal, April 8th, 1827 The circumstances which gave occasion to the following Sermon, are yet fresh in the recollection of the inhabitants of this city, and its neighbourhood and were of a character likely to preserve them much longer from oblivion, than most of the occurrences in life. It will be remembered, that Mr. Watson, at the moment he received the wound which terminated so fatally, and thewriter, were in the same room; engaged in conversation. The shock which the latter person's feelings received from a transaction, every feature of which was calcu lated to excite alarm, and distract the attention even of those who were not so immediately in contact with it; rendered it peculiarly difficult for him, to bring his mind, for sometime afterwards, to bear closely upon any subject. It was under this disadvantage, in the discharge of ordi nary duty; and solely with a design to make a suitable improvement of the melancholy event, that the following reflections were drawn up, - and with no view whatever to publication. Aware too, that he could have little time to make such alterations, or corrections, as would make them fit for public inspection it was not till after he had been repeatedly solicited by individuals whom he did not wish to disoblige that he at last consented to have them printed. It is more to account for the length of time that has elapsed since this discourse was preached, and to serve as a key to some allusions in it, than with a view to soften down the asperity of criticism; that these remarks are made. However much he might be inclined to plead for mercy, in behalf of a production which he is convinced so much requires it, - he is aware that he can have no legitimate claim on the lenity of the public, having it in his power to withhold the dis course, or to submit it to their judgment, as he pleases; and therefore, so soon as he resolves to submit it, is fairly responsible for all its errors and imperfections. He cannot say, that he is altogether insensible to public Opinion, but whatever the public may think of the following sheets, he is conscious that he is more concerned, that they may be productive in some degree of the beneficial effects, with a view to which they were written, - than to obtain celebrity by them which he knows well they are but ill-calculated to procure. But of this, it is the prerogative of the reader to judge for himself. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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