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A few words of explanation may be due frtom he stenographer to the public. He is aware that the ensuing discourses are neither completely full nor perfect ; but he is conscious that they have been reported with a faithful regard to the sentiments of the speakers, and he believes they will be found to contain no material errors. It is at all times difficult, not to say impossible, for the most expert stenographer to take the whole that a rapid speaker may pronounce in the course of a sermon. Some aid is usually derived from the memory, which has been less available to the reporter in the present case, from his entire unacquaintance with the speakers, or with their opinions, manner, or particular habits in delivery. These embarrassments have also been increased by the inconveniency of writing without a table, and by the difficulty of hearing in a crowded gallery. On the whole however it is believed, they will be found to contain the spirit and substance of the sermons they profess to transmit, and carry with them in a great measure the manner and language in which they were delivered.
From a desire to express in as complete a manner as possible, the words and text of the speaker. He has thought best to make no grammatical corrections of their peculiarities of Phraseology ; but to exhibit them as nearly as possible to the Public in their own particular manner.
L. H. CLARKE.
M. T. C. GOULD, the reporter of the two last sermons, though subject to many of the inconveniences enumerated by his friend and Colleague, is not conscious of having made any material omission, even in the language of the speaker. This may be attributed, in part, to a more intimate acquaintance with the style of Elias Hicks, having lately reported a volume of his sermons delivered in the city and vicinity of PeilaDELPHIA. For the errors which may be discovered, his apology will be found, in the language of L. H. CLARKE.
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