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to the variety of their fituations and characters, as he is able to discover them, and has opportunities of contributing to the best interests of his people; there are some who are more interested in him, and to whom he can be more useful than to others, to whom, therefore, his departure must be peculiarly affecting

“ Friendship results from more intimate acquaintance, and frequency of intercourse; from similarity of dispositions, and opportunities of good offices; from tried affection, and from tried worth. Friendship binds men closely together. Jonathan loved David as his own soul. “ If a friend is as thine

own soul ;”-if so dear a friend, a friend dear because of affection and worth, is removed,- separation must be severely felt, especially after the enjoyment of the advan. tages and endearments of amity for many years. You have lost a minister, say they to their neighbours; we have lost a minister and a friend, who shared in our joys and our forrows, and in whose advice and affection we could always confide.

" I descend into a deeper vale of affliction and of forrow, when I describe the loss, and therefore the distresses, of nearer relations. I will not renew their exquisite suflerings. It is perhaps too much, to have opened the tender scene : though, who can pass it without attention? who can open it without emotion, and without advantage ?

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66 It will ferve to relieve us from the effects of this tender subject, to observe, that a striking and interesting circumstance in the death of a faithful minister is, his cha. racter and usefulnefs remaining entire to the end of life.

« Such honour have not all men : fuch honour have not all the saints. Old age, alas ! often presents us with that which excites our pity, rather than our veneration. When debility appears in the mind as well as in the body; when the mind decays before the body, and the faculties are much impaired; when disease of body is added to the fadder affliction of an enfeebled, exhausted, distempered mind, a mind of peevishness and complaining, of anxiety and fear, a lengthened existence cannot be desirable ; and death is rather to be chosen than life. But the man of piety, of usefulness, of respectability, moving onwards, to the very end of life, in the uninterrupted course of duty, and possessing all that duty and worth secures, we contemplate as peculiarly favoured of God. Our sincere regret and lamentation are mingled and softened, and almost loft, in our admiration of the enviable lot of the friend of heaven. Our hearts are composed in regarding the contrast that forces itself on our obfervation. What a difference betwixt them and their surviving friends, and those who have dragged on life, long after the days of strength of body, and vigour of mind,

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and real enjoyment were ended : their friends relieved, and even comforted on the long expected diffolution.

6. The case of Moses was perhaps without example in any age. His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated : But we could reckon up not a few in our own time, who,

a according to the conviction of all who knew them, resembled Simeon; and might have said with him, “ Now lettest thou thy fervants de“.part in peace, our eyes have seen thy falva" tion.” Your thoughts and mine, my brethren, are very naturally turned to a particular instance, at present, of usefuless, respect, and active duty, entire to the Has not every one of us reason to say, as I do, from the bottom of my foul, on confidering this very memorable, affecting, yet comfortable event,-“ Let me die the death *66 of the righteous! Let my last end be 66 like his !"

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THE fermons here offered to the public, the subscribers, in general, know to be posthumous. That their Author might have once entertained the idea of giving a few of them to the world, is rendered somewhat probable, from the circumstance of corrected copies of several having been found

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papers. But the impression of the present volume was not planned by him. It is published by his surviving friends, in compliance with the general desire expressed among all who were acquainted with his piety and usefulness, and particularly by the members of his own congregation, that some memorials of his teaching, and of his labours of love, might be preserved; and that, though they were deprived of his personal presence, he might still live among them, and profit their immortal souls, by his holy counsels, and heaven-learnt wisdom. It iuit share, therefore, in the disadvantage attending every publication in similar circumstances, of being unprepared by its author, for the press: many things must be less fully unfolded ; many

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less accurately finished, than if he himself had been their editor. Every attention, however, has been used, to select such discourses as appeared to be most complete : and trouble and pains, to a degree that has considerably retarded the appearance of the volume, have been taken, to render it as correct, as fidelity to the originals, and to the public, would admit. Every sermon has been carefully revised ; and, in order to prevent the repeated printing of the same things, has been closely compared with the others, upon similar topics. Notwithstanding this attention, however, it has been impofsible, without a daring freedom of alteration, to prevent, in a few instances, a repetition of particular expressions and ideas. It is naturally accounted for, from the fimilarity of the occasions on which some of the sermons were delivered ; and from the relation that sublists between many of the subjects.

But, though published, doubtless, with various disadvantages, there is good reafon, the Author's friends afsure themselves, to trust, that, in these discourses, the humble believer will receive, and will thankfully discover an abundant supply, at once, of evangelical comfort and direction. He will peruse the exereises of a holy mind, which believed, and which practised, as it taught: and he will gladly perceive the great doctrines of religion, which form the chief theme of his me

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