Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
1. a sermon preached by the bishop to his clergy;
2. Among the Dissenters, it is a sermon preached to a minister at his ordination, generally by some aged or respectable preacher.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Charge'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/c/charge.html. 1802.