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Sterne's Sermons

Sterne's sermons are, in general, very short, which circumstance gave

rise to the following joke at Bull's Library, at Bath:--A footman had

been sent by his lady to purchase one of Smallridge's sermons, when, by

mistake, he asked for a small religious sermon. The bookseller being

puzzled how to reply to his request, a gentleman present suggested,

"Give him one of Sterne's."

It has been observed, that if Sterne had never written one line more

than his picture of the mournful cottage, towards the conclusion of his

fifth sermon, we might cheerfully indulge the devout hope that the

recording angel, whom he once invoked, will have blotted out many of

his imperfections.

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