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MDCCCXLV.

WILLIAM EADIE & CO. PRINTERS, 48 BUCHANAN STREET, GLASGOW.

TO

THE REV. THOMAS BROWN, D. D.

MINISTER OF FREE ST. JOHN'S, GLASGOW,

AS A SLIGHT BUT SINCERE TOKEN OF AFFECTION FOR HIS PERSON,

VENERATION FOR HIS CHARACTER,

AND GRATITUDE FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP,

THIS PRODUCTION

IS RESPECTFULLY INSO

BY

THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

[TAESE Lectures are sent to the press, in compliance with the general desire of the Congregation before which they are being delivered. As the Course is at present going on, and the Lecturer therefore occupied in the weekly preparation of the Series, he is prevented from giving them that careful revision which productions written amid the daily pressure of official engagements must obviously require.

It is only necessary to add, that the reasons urged in favour of the immediate publication of the Lectures in numbers, rather than in the form of a complete volume at the close, have been sufficiently strong to induce the Author to forego the advantages which might be gained by a little more leisure and delay. Such as they are, it is hoped they will meet with the indulgent consideration of the reader; to whom they are commended, with the earnest prayer that the Divine Spirit may vouchsafe to breathe his blessing upon them.]

[Glasgow, 17th December, 1844.]

The above statement explains the circumstances under which these Lectures were first given to the public; and, while now sending them forth in a collected form, the author cannot refrain from expressing his grateful sense of the reception accorded to them as they successively appeared, and also of the favourable notice taken of them by the religious periodical press.

Short as the period is, since the Course thus completed was commenced, events have occurred which serve to prove still more clearly the necessity of such publications as the present. The

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