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Excerpt from Lectures on the Gospel of the St. Matthew, Vol. 1 of 2: Delivered in the Parish Church of St. James, Westminster, in the Years 1798, 1799, 1800, and 1801
The lower orders of the people, by the most offensive and impious publications; while at the same time it must be ac knowledged, that among too many of the higher classes, there prevailed, in the midst of all our distresses, a spirit of dis sipation, profusion, and voluptuous gaiety, ill Suited to the gloominess of our situa tion, and ill calculated to secure to us the protection of Heaven against the va rious dangers that menaced us on every side. Under these circumstances, it seemed to be the duty of every friend to religion, morality, good order, and good government, and more especially of the ministers of the Gospel, to exert every power and every talent with which God had blessed them, in order to coun ﬂew the baneful effects of those pesti.
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