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The DUTIES of a SOLDIER,

ILLUSTRATED AND ENFORCED IN

A SE R M O N,

PREACHED

At the CONSECRATION of the COLOURS

OF THE

SOMERSET LIGHT DRAGOONS,

On WEDNESDAY, the 6th. of AUGUST, 1794,

IN THE

CHURCH of St. MARY MAGDALEN, TAUNTON,

By the Rev. F0HN GARDINER,
Curate of the above Church, and Rector of BRAILS FORD, &c. in the County of Derby,

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Published at the Requel of the Eorps.

TAUNTON:
Printed by J. POOLE ; fold by Him, and E. and S. HASSUMS;
Sold also by Meffrs. RIVINGTONS, St. Paul's Church Yard ; STOCKDALE, Piccadilly ;

RICHARDSON, Cornhill; and J. Downes, Temple-Bar, London,

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OF THE

TO The Right HONOURABLE JOHN EARL POULETT,

VISCOUNT HINTON
KNIGHT of the Most Antient order of the THISTLE,
LORD LIEUTENANT AND CUSTOS ROTULORUM

OF THE
COUNTY OF SOMERSET,
COLONEL of the EAST REGIMENT
DEVONSHIRE MILITIA,

AND
COLONEL OF THE SOMERSETSHIRE REGIMENT

OF
LIGHT CA V AL RY,

TO
LIEUTENANT-Colonel STRODE,

TO
Major BURLAND,

AND TO
ALL THE OTHER OFFICERS OF THE SOMERSET

LIGHT CAVALRY,
THE FOLLOWING DISCOURSE

(PUBLISHED AT THEIR REQUEST) IS GRATEFULLY AND RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,

BY THEIR MOST OBLIGED,
AND DEVOTED HUMBLE SERVANT, .

The AU THOR.

ADVERTISEMENT.

THE Author is fearful that the following Discourse

I will lose in the Closet much of that warm approbation with which it was honoured on delivery from the Pulpit. The discerning eye may spy out defects on an attentive perusal, which escape obfervation in the rapidity of utterance, and which some may think perhaps, a little of the limæ labor might have corrected. That it did not undergo a most rigorous process of this kind, to render it more worthy the acceptance of the respectable Characters who desired to see it in print, cannot be imputed to indolence or presumption. The fact is—there is much danger and perplexity in the use of the above instrument-and often, when we sit down with anxiety to polish and refine, unless we have an accurate judgment (which it is not the good fortune of every one to possess, much less to exercise over his own works) we go on in removing, as we think, the roughness and inequalities of the surface, till we are found at length to have given a distorted or irregular shape to the substance. Rather than fall into this error, in attempting to render periods more harmonious or passages more vigorous—the Author determined to commit his Discourse to the Press nearly verbatim as it was delivered -trusting for its defects to that candour and liberality which he has before experienced at the Bar of Criticism.

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