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ing to serve the interests of religion; and with feelings of gratitude he acknowledges, that his confidence has not been misplaced. The respectable List of Subscribers, who have favoured him with their names, has removed all apprehension of ultimately suffering any pecuniary loss, in consequence of his having undertaken to circulate a portion of the valuable, though unpolished productions of a former age.
In this Volume, what has been lately selected from the Manuscripts of the Author is printed in a smaller character than the Treatises previously published by himself, partly to distinguish the one from the other, and partly to preserve uniformity in the size of the Volume.
dear Friends and beloved Hearers at Northowram in Yorkshire.
MY DEARLY BELOVED,
Two sorts of doctrine I have always judged necessary, and very seasonable: first, what concerns the person, natures, offices, and undertaking of our Lord Jesus Christ, in all their mediatorial latitude; secondly, that which relates to a saving internal work of grace upon the hearts of men, which is the spring of all external action. These are as standing dishes requisite in every feast, and to the obtainment of which, my heart hath been much disposed. The former I have largely treated, from 1 Tim. i. 15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief,"-which contains the sum and substance of our christian faith, the marrow of the gospel, the quintessence of our happiness; nor doth any minister need to be "ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation, to every one that believeth," Rom. i. 16. And though this may seem to be out of fashion amongst some who would be esteemed rational preachers, and think that treating of Christ is but a conceited canting, though the great apostle of the Gentiles mentions the name of Christ nine several times in his first ten verses in the first chapter of the first epistle to the Corinthians, and in his epistles some hundreds of times; yea, and glories in it, expressing himself thus, 1 Cor. ii. 2, "I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." But I wave this subject for the