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BAPTIST CHURCH OF CHRIST
My Dear Brethren,
It is now upwards of twenty-two years since I first took the oversight of you in the Lord. During the last fifteen years, it has, as you know, been my practice to expound among you, on a Lord’s-day morning, some part of the Holy Scriptures, commonly a chapter. From all that I have felt in my own mind, and heard, from you, I have reason to hope these exercises have not been in vain. They have enabled us to take a more connected view of the Scriptures than could be obtained merely by sermons on particular passages; and I acknowledge that as l have proceeded, the work of exposition has become more and more interesting to my heart.
I have not been in the habit of writing Dedications to what I have published; but in this instance I feel inclined to deviate from my usual practice. Considering my time of life, and the numerous avocations on my hands, I may not be able to publish anything more of the kind; and if not, permit me to request that this family book may be preserved as a memorial of our mutual affection, and of the pleasures we have enjoyed together in exploring the treasures of the lively oracles.