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ALEXANDER GERARD, D.D., PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN KING'S COLLEGI, ABERDEEN.
THE FOURTH EDITION.
PRINTED FOR T. CADELL, IN THE STRAND.
It will not be improper to acquaint the reader, that the author of the following Sermons did not compose them with a view to their publication. So far from it, that the greater part of them had been so hastily written, that the copies were in many places scarce legible, and some of the best of them in the judgment of the publishers, which they could not refuse a place in this collection, either had been left unfinished at first, ar have been mutilated since by accident. These, however, they choose to lay before the publịc, in the condition in which they found them, rather than by supplying such defects, to use what they thought an undue liberty with their deceased friend, whose manner and sentiments were very much his own. The only merit they claim is the arrangement of them, and the correction of some trifling negligences in the language. Whether they have done right in publishing them,
the public itself will judge. The best apology they have to offer, is their own persuasion that these discourses, with all their im, perfections, have great merit, and may be of considerable use.
Mr. Farquhar's character they need not here attempt to delineate. To the judicious and attentive reader such an attempt would be unnecessary. He will discover it in this volume very strongly marked. Never did any performance exhibit a more genuine transcript of the disposition and sentiments of its author, than this does of the disposition and sentiments of that valuable and amiable man. It is much to be regretted, that it had not the advantage of his own correction and review. But as it is, and with all the inequality in respect of composition, that may be observed in these sermons, a good judge will not be at a loss to discern in the preacher an eminent clearness of apprehension, correćiness of taste, a lively imagination, and delicate sensibility to all the finest feelings of which human nature is susceptible.
i Thess. v. 16. Rejoice evermore.
SER M O N II.
JOHN xv. 15. Henceforth I call you not fervants, for the servant
knoweth not what bis Lord doth: but I have called you friends.
SÉ Ř NON II).
2 Kings viii. 13. And Hazael faid, But what, is thy fervant a dog, that he should do this great thing? P. 433
Acts xxiv. 25. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and
judgment to come, Felix trembledi P. 63.
SE R M ON V.
Psalm lxxiii. 28. But it is good for me to draw near 10 God. P. 83.