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HE Publishers having now completed this undertaking in which they had engaged, beg leave to return their cordial thanks to their friends and the public for the flattering reception it has met with. They are highly gratified in having had repeated folicitations to add a fourth volume, if the whole of the subjects suited to meet the public eye could not be contained in the third volume. With thefe folicitations, however, they did not judge it proper, from various confiderations, at prefent to comply; at the fame time, they think it their duty to intimate, that, if thefe folicitations are continued, and other favourable circumftances encourage them, a fourth volume may in a fhort time be published. For, though on the outset of this undertaking, it was computed that the whole could have been comprised in three volumes, they now find that with ease they could have made a fourth. This the public may in fo far be fenfible of, as they will perceive several of the subjects mentioned in the proposals originally iffued, not contained in these volumes; and they have fince discovered others equally if not more important and interefting.

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WE, whofe names are fubjoined,

having had opportunity of looking over feveral of thefe Sermons in Manufcript, now propofed for publication, have fufficient reafon to be fatisfied, that they are the genuine remains of the worthy Author whose name they bear. They have been transmitted through the hands of his lineal defcendants. From the handwriting, which is fuch as was common towards the beginning of this century, though now rather antiquated, as well as from the information of those who had access to know,


know, it appears that these Sermons were. the original autograph, written at the time mentioned in the dates affixed to them. But to thofe acquainted with the spirit and manner of Mr BOSTON's other writings, the perufal of the Discourses themselves will convince them that they are genuine. They discover the fame serious and spiritual ftrain, -the fame perfpicuity and fimplicity of language, the fame happy fertility and copiousness of scriptural proof and illustration,the fame pertinent application of his subjects to persons and times-the fame deep concern about the public interefts of religion, and the dangers to which these kingdoms have been expofed through heinous fins and backflidings, as are confpicuous in his other Works. Few have ever attained to his manner and ftyle of writing, so much adapted to popular and general edification. Such of these Difcourfes as we have perused, seem to have been as carefully and fully written as thofe formerly published, and on fubjects no less interefting. The Sermons in this collection which were composed at the time of the Rebellion that arofe


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