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SERMON XII.
On the reasons which Christians have, for Mourning the sudden

removal of Men, who have been distinguished, for the excellence
of their Characters, and the usefulness of their Lives. By the
Reverend Benjamin M. Palmer, D. D. Minister of the First In-
dependent, or Congregational Church in Charleston, South Caro-
lina. 2 Samuel, iii. 32, 33, 34.-"And they buried Abner in
“ Hebron : and the king lifted up his voice, and wept at the
“grave of Abner, and said, Died Abner as a fool dieth? Thy
“hands were not bound, nor thy feet put into fetters: as a man
“ falleth before wicked men, so fellest thou. And all the people
wept again over him.”

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SERMON XIII. On Repentance. By the late Reverend Andrew Flinn, D. D. for

mer Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Luke, xiii. 5.-" I tell you, nay; but, except ye “ repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

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SERMON XIV.
On Regeneration. By the Reverend Benjamin Gilderslieve, a

Presbyterian Minister, residing at Mount Zion, Hancock County,
Georgia, and editor of a weekly religious paper, entitled “THE
MissionARY." John, i. 13.-" Which were born, not of blood,

nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of “ God.”

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SERMON XV.
On true Greatness of Mind, as exemplified in the character of the

Bereans. By the late Reverend Oliver Hulberd, former Minis-
ter of the Congregational Church in Waynesborough, Georgia.
Acts, xvii. 11.-" These were more noble than those in Thessa-
“ lonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of
"mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things
s were so."

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SERMON XVI. On the Redeemer's Benevolence, in the Salvation of lost Sinners. By the same. Luke, xix. 10." For the Son of Man is come, to seek and to save that which was lost.”

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SERMON XVII. On Early Piety. By the Reverend Nathan S. S. Beman, former

Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Mount Zion, Georgia. 1 Kings, xviii. 12.-" I thy servant, fear the Lord from my “youth.”

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SERMON XVIII. On the proper Agency of Reason, in matters of Religion. By the

Reverend Aaron W. Leland, D. D. Minister of the Presbyterian Church on James' Island, South Carolina. Job, xxxii. 8.—" But “ there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty “ giveth them understanding."

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SERMON XIX. On the Boundaries which limit the Inquiries of Reason, in mat

ters of Religion. By the same. Proverbs, iii. 5.-Trust in « the Lord, with all thine heart ; and lean not to thine own un“derstanding. .

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SERMON XX. On the Resurrection of the Body. By the Reverend Allan

M.Dougald, Minister of the United Presbyterian Churches of Bluff, Barbecue, Averasborough, and Tirza, North Carolina. John, v. 28, 29.-“ Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, “in the which, all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, " and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the re6 surrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resur"rection of damnation."

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SERMON XXI. On the Consequence of Unbelief. By the Reverend Benjamin M.

Palmer, D. D. Minister of the First Independent, or Congregational Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Mark, xvi. 16. " He that believeth not, shall be damned.”

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SERMON XXII. On the Admonition administered to Elijah, for his Despondency.

By the same. 1 Kings, xix. 9.—" And he came thither unto a “cave, and lodged there: and, behold, the word of the Lord

came to him, and he said unto him, What dost thou here, Elijah ?

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SERMON XXIII.
On the Curse pronounced against the Serpent; including the First

Promise of a Saviour, made to our first Parents. By the Reve-
rend Francis Cummins, D. D. Minister of a Presbyterian Church
in Green County, Georgia. Genesis, üi. 15. And I will put
" enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed
“and her seed; it (he) shall bruise thy head; and thou shalt
s bruise his heel.”

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On Buying, and not Selling the Truth. By the same. Proverbs, xviii. 23. Buy the truth, and sell it not."

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SERMON XXV.
On the Analogy between the Dispensations of Grace by the Gospel,

and a Royal Marriage Feast. By the Reverend Richard Furman,
D. D. Minister of the Baptist Church in Charleston, South
Carolina. Matthew, xxii. 9.—“Go ye, therefore, into the high-
“ways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the Marriage." 395

The Editor's Concluding Address.

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The Editor thinks it proper here to state, that, for a reason, of which, it is presumed, every reflecting reader will approve, the names of the authors of the several Sermons which this volume contains, are inserted only in the preceding table of contents. To attach them to each Sermon, was judged to be too conspicuous a display of authorship. It may not be inexpedient further to mention, that the notes inserted at the bottom of pages 168, 169, 190, and 322, were written by the authors of the several Sermons to which they are respectively attached. All the other notes were written by the Editor.

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WHOEVER undertakes to provide entertainment or instruction for the public, incurs a responsibility, proportionate to the importance of those subjects, on which he proposes either to entertain or instruct. This is equally true, whether what he offers be presented as the result of his own reflections, or as a selection from the works of others. Of the latter description, is the work herein offered to the public, as has been announced in the title page ; and as the subjects on which this volume treats, are of the utmost importance, and have relation to an object of no less magnitude than the salvation of souls, the Editor is free to acknowledge, that his solicitude for the favourable reception of his book, is fully as great as it would have been, were he himself, not the compiler, but the author of the following volume.

It is believed, and perhaps not on slight grounds, that such a collection of Sermons as is here presented, will, by those for whose benefit it is chiefly intended, be read with more interest, than a volume of the same size would be, containing the productions of any one author ; unless that author had already acquired considerable celebrity. Some of the considerations which support this opinion will here be briefly stated.

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