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attention, and often greatly move their affections. And I think you also, will in this way succeed far better in your attempts than by laboured arguments.
There is' generally in men, an almost instinctive idea of a Judge, of accountableness, of a future reckoning, and of criminality; from which they strive to hide themselves, as Adam and Eve did among the trees of the garden. But, " by mani"festation of the truth," thus " commending our"selves to every man's conscience as in the sight "of God," we, as it were, say to them, " Adam, "where art thou?" And in this way, without much laboured reasoning, by the concurrent blessing of God, " their mouths are stopped ;" and they arc induced to hear what we wish to speak concerning the salvation of God.
But let these hints suffice. And now, my dear brethren, "I commend you to God, and to the "word of his grace, which is able to build you up, "and to give you an inheritance among all them "that are sanctified:" to make you " blessed, and "blessings to multitudes!" "May the Lord Jesus "Christ be with your Spirit! Amen."
DELIVERED AT THE
FIRST ANNIVERSARY MEETING
HIGH WYCOMBE AUXILIARY BIBLE SOCIETY, OCTOBER 3, 1812.
The two following Speeches having been reduced to writing at the request of the Committees of the Societies in behalf of which they were delivered, and published with the Reports, properly beloug to the "Works" of their Author, and may advantageously succeed to his Missionary Sermons and Address.—J. S.
Though accustomed professionally to speak in public, I am wholly unused to address public meetings; and I sensibly perceive the difference. Yet, at my time of life, and on such a glorious and joyful occasion, I cannot think it consistent with my duty merely to give a silent assent to your proceedings. Should I, therefore, fail in the proprieties of a situation which is in a great measure new to me, I trust I shall meet with your candid indulgence.
It is not requisite that I should insist on the admirable nature, the enlarged and most beneficent objects, and the wise and excellent measures of the British and Foreign Bible Society. These have, both at the institution of this Auxiliary Society, and at present, been spoken of fully, and in a highly satisfactory manner. I, on the former occasion, observed that I considered the object of the institution as the noblest, the most enlarged, and, in one word, the most Christian, which had ever entered into the heart of uninspired men; and that I did not give the honour of it to those highly respectable and honourable persons who