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ral years, during the latter part of our residence in College-when you fulfilled, with so much ability, firmness, and urbanity, the arduous office of a Tutor, and the still more arduous one, (though for a single year,) of Proctor in the University,--and our present separation, by our residence on our respective cures, make such an opportunity peculiarly grateful to me. But I have the further satisfaction of reflecting, that the Discourses themselves met your approbation, on your reading them here, and you expressed your wish to see them in print. I beg you, then, to accept them, with this Dedication, as a mark of the sincere regard and friendship, of
Yours, most truly,
JAMES PLUMPTRE. PREFACE.
The following Discourses comprehend the substance of a Discourse on “ The Duties of Man to the Brute Creation, preached before the University of Cambridge, on Sunday, May 8th, 1796, in the afternoon.” It happened to be upon one of the visits of Prince William of Gloucester (our present Chancellor) to the University, after he had ceased to reside. The subject was then considered by many as trilling, and beneath the dignity of the pulpit, and especially that of the University. It was suggested to the preacher by the repeated perusal of Cowper's Task. Much has been done since, however, to interest the minds of the public at large on the subject. The cause of the Brute Crea. tion has been repeatedly before Parliament, and has been a theme for the eloquence of Lord Erskine. An annual sermon has been founded at Batb, in behalf of the Animal Creation, and another at Southampton: a society has been established at Liverpool, for the express purpose of preventing cru. elty to Brute Creatures; and it is, also, one of the objects of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. Several valuable works have been published on the subject: amongst wbich must be mentioned Mr.
Young's Essay on Humanity to Animals, published in 1798; several of the Sermons* preached at the before-mentioned
* By the Rev. Charles Daubeny, the Rev. Leigh Richmond, and the Rev. Richard Mant. There is,
places; and, also, one preached by Dr. Barry, at Reading; and, though last, not least, Mr. Pratt's Poem of the Lower World. Should these Discourses, thus expanded and revised, tend to promote the same good cause, the author will account himself happy and honoured in his work.
Great Gransden Vicarage,
November 1st, 1815.
also, an excellent little tract, published by Rivingtops, &c. price 3d. entitled, “ Thoughts on the Duty of Mercy and Sin of Cruelty to the Brute Creation,” taken from an 8vo. volume on the same subject, by Dr. Primatt, published in 1776. With these, also, should be mentioned Mr. Parkinson's “ Dangerous Sports ;” and, in a very humble way, The Vocal Repository Tract, entitled, A Word for the Dumb.