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PREACHED AND REVISED BY THE
REV. C. H. SPURGEON.
RICHMOND, VA.: T. J. STARKE.
By special arrangement SHELDON & COMPANY will publish the Sermons of the Rev. C. H. SPURGEON, and it is the author's wish that no parties should infringe this contract.
Stereotyped by BILLIN & BROTHER,
20 North William st.
Printed by PUDNEY & RUSSELL,
79 John street.
THE Publishers have the pleasure of presenting to the American public a new and splendid volume of sermons by Mr. Spurgeon. This is a fitting occasion to say, that these sermons are published in this book precisely as they came to us from the hand of the author himself, with the revisions marked by his own pen, and without a passage or word being omitted or added. The discourses are marked by that glowing fervor, intense earnestness, strong conception, vigorous expression, and deep evangelical gospel truth that have made this preacher, in the dew of his youth, the most popular preacher in the world.
In a letter just received from the author, and which is appended to this note, Mr. Spurgeon expresses his strong reprobation of the attempts of others to publish his sermons in this country without his sanction, and without his revision. It is our design to continue, as we have done hitherto, to give the American people the discourses of this remarkable man, so long as they maintain the character they now enjoy, and we have the same evidence of their distinguished usefulness.
We trust confidently that this volume will not be found one whit behind any that has preceded it, and that it will rather exhibit the advancing stature of the preacher in his intellectual grasp, his varied learning, and deeper insight into human nature, as well as his increased spirituality and self-devotion.
We cannot ask more than that it shall be received with the same favor that has 'welcomed its predecessors.
To my READERS IN AMERICA.
Brethren :- I do not yet perceive that I have been called to visit your shores in person, but I am happy to present you with my representative, in the shape of this Sixth Volume of Sermons. Gratefully do I acknowledge the indulgence you have shown to my productions. I could deal more severely with them than my unkindest critics, and therefore thank those gentlemen for their unintentional leniency. I know that God the Holy Spirit has blessed them to many souls, and therefore I thank those favorable reviewers who have so kindly commended them to notice. May the arrows in this sixth bundle be each shot from the bow of God, and find its target in some heart which the Lord ordains to bless. I have selected them from discourses addressed to believers, and shall pray that the living family of God may find something profitable in them.
As a inatter of business, it behooves me to remark that Messrs. Sheldon & Co. are my only publishers in America. I have no connection whatever with the Waverley paper, and the statement that the sermons are expressly reported and revised for that paper is utterly false. Sheldon & Co. have always acted in the most liberal manner towards me, and, in this respect, are a model to all publishers.
I have been trying for many weeks to get up a few words of preface to the new volume, and, after burning several attempts, I am compelled to give up the matter; for I find it easier to preach a hundred sermons than write one preface.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Spirit, be with all the people of God forever. Amen.
Brethren, I am
C. H. SPURGEON.