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FORMERLY OF ST JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, SENIOR MINISTER

OF ST PETER'S CHAPEL, EDINBURGH, &c.

" Logomachies and wrong conceptions of words are often the foundation of is controversies.

« Let true charity prevaile, and the Gospel meekness; these would cut off ti many arguments on all sides."

Manuscript Notes in an old volume of Controversial Tracts, with the

autograph of Dr Donne, Dean of St Paul's, London.

EDINBURGH:

PRINTED FOR BELL & BRADFUTE;
AND C. & J. RIVINGTON, LONDON.

1826.

PREFACE.

The following Sermon, hastily written at disjointed intervals, when I was much from home, and had little leisure when I was at home, was never meant for publication. The request to publish, as is usual on similar occasions, was made ; but though it was urged by some of my brethren, with apparent earnestness, and opposed by none while I was present, I gave no concurrence, and had no intention whatever to comply with it. I have often published occasional sermons; never willingly, and hitherto always, not in obedience to the first request, but in deference to the earnest and repeated solicitation of some friend or friends afterwards. I publish the following Sermon with great reluctance, and even with regret, not in consequence

of
any

such solici, tation from any quarter, but because some have taken offence whom I did not mean to offend, and to whom I cannot feel that I have given any cause of offence. I publish it, therefore, precisely as it was originally written, without any addition or alteration whatever.

Very soon after I returned home from the Chapel, I received the following information : “ I am sorry to “ find that some passages in it (the following Sermon) “ have so offended one or two of your hearers, that if " you publish, one of them declares his intention to an.

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