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tions were made to most of these sermons in the course of preparing them for the press. This circumstance will account for the introduction of some topics which might have appeared irrelevant in discourses professedly addressed to a mixed congregation. To the same cause also must be attributed the unusual length to which many of them have been extended, for which the author's only excuse is that a number of new considerations, appearing to him too important to be omitted, suggested themselves to his mind in the course of revisal, but which he trusts will not prove any serious inconvenience to the reader.

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