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PRINTED AND SOLD FOR THE AUTHOR, BY G. YOUNGMAN, MAR-

KET-PLACE; SOLD ALSO BY HATCHARD, PICCADILLY; LONG-
MAN AND CO. AND BAYNES, PATERNOSTER-ROW, LONDON ;
DEIGHTON, CAMBRIDGE; AND YOUNGMAN, WITHAM.

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[Entered at Stationer's Hall.]

TO THE

CHURCH AND CONGREGATION,

ASSEMBLING IN

THE ABBEY-LANE MEETING-HOUSE,

SAFFRON WALDEN, ESSEX,

THESE

DISCOURSES,

ARE RESPECTFULLY PRESENTED,

AS A MARK

OF UNFEIGNED ESTEEM AND AFFECTION,

BY

THEIR FRIEND AND SERVANT,

FOR "CHRIST'S SAKE,

WILLIAM CLAYTON.

SAFFRON WALDEN,

March, 1814.

PREFACE.

“ MAN goeth forth to his work and his “ labor, until the evening.” Each individual has his appropriate occupation; and what this may be, must depend on convictions of duty derived from Scripture, local circumstances, or professional calling.

Impressions of the brevity of life; a solemn recollection of personal responsibility; a due apprehension of the vast weight of obligation to God, as the Creator and Redeemer; combined with the humble hope of Divine approbation, will prompt the enquiry, Lord! what wilt thou have me to do?

The situation in which He who fixeth

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