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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1868, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Southern District of New York.

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PRE FACE.

For nearly ten years past, one or both of the sermons de. livered every Sunday in Plymouth Church have been published, week by week, in the religious and secular newspapers, until now many hundreds have been given to the public. From this great number the Rev. Lyman Abbott, at my request, and acting in connection with me, has selected the sermons contained in these volumes, and undertaken the editorial care of them through the press.

Besides those which have already been printed, a number have been taken down specially for these volumes which have not been printed before in any authorized manner.

These sermons were prepared, week by week, for the wants of my congregation. They are, therefore, not only in theory practical sermons, but they have been drafted from the actual field of work. Had they been originally prepared for the press, I know not what difference that would have made in form and style. But, in fact, they are so many arrows shot in the day of battle, and every one of them with a real and definite aim.

I have never read one of my sermons after it was printed that I did not burn to reconstruct and improve it. I have never attempted to rewrite one of them that I did not find that it would lose in freedom and directness more than it gained in literary excellence. In preparing them for these volumes, therefore, with one or two exceptions, I aban

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