IN presenting this volume to the public, we
- deem it proper to accompany it with a few obser
Though the public are already in possession of
many valuable collections of sermons, it is neverthe-
less necessary that new publications should constant-
ly be made, to answer the increasing demand, and to
supply the places of those which are yearly growing
The curiosity in the human mind for that which
is novel, will incline many to read a new book, to the
neglect of an old one of equal merit. No exertion
should be spared to excite the attention of a ‘world
lying in wickedness,” or to allure the reluctant mind
to receive spiritual instruction.
A volume containing the works of many preachers,
eminent in the sacred profession, and resident in dif.
ferent parts of the United States, and exhibiting a
specimen of their respective talents and must afford
a pleasing variety, and be more inesting to the rea-
der, than a volume from a single author.
One important object of this undertaking is to
bring to public view many valuable discourses in
manuscript, which after once powerfully impressing
and delighting one auditory, would otherwise be of
no further use to the world.
It is the design, of the editor that this collection
shall clearly exhibit the distinguishing doctrines of
grace and that nothing opposed to these (as we con-
ceive) shall be admitted.
In collecting this volume, we have had to encoun.
ter difficulties which will not probably occur in the