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intended to demonstrate any one truth, or series of truths, in the system of Theological or Moral Science, On this account I have hesitated much about obtruding them on general notice, and I even suspended the publication for a considerable time. Circumstances, however, of no interest to the community, have led me to complete the work and consent to its issue. And such as it is, it may be welcome and useful to friendly readers.

Some of the papers have appeared in print before. They have undergone, however, such revision-often amounting almost to re-writing—that I can scarcely plead guilty to any charge of plagiarism against myself. I have endeavoured to present them in a form more worthy of preservation than the hasty publication of most of them at the time permitted.

I could have wished that, in appearing thus before the public, I had had a better reason to give for printing a book than the usual apologies which, if I chose, I might adopt. Had it been a treatise more evidently called for by the times, or more directly bearing upon the defence of Divine truth, the interests of society, or the advancement of Scriptural knowledge, I might have been more justified in hazarding the publication. But let it pass. And, such as it is, may a blessing from on high accompany

it!

EDINBURGII, 23d May 1850.

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