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LONDON:
JAMES NISBET AND CO., 21 BERNERS STREET.

M.DCCC.LVIII.

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EDINBURGH: PRINTED BY BALLANTYNE AND COMPANY,

PAUL'S WORK,

PREFACE.

The next volume will be devoted to the Eighteenth Century. Although in some respects an unattractive period, it yielded many a noble spirit and many a great divine. Amongst its Theologians and Biblical Scholars it numbers Bull and Waterland, Hurd and Warburton, Jortin, Lowth, and Horsley; amongst its Apologists and Illustrators of the Christian Evidence, Bentley, Leslie, Butler, Leland, Lardner, Bishop Newton, West, Lyttelton, Watson, Paley; amongst its Preachers, Atterbury and Sherlock, Whitfield, Berridge, and Romaine, Fletcher and the Wesleys. Its Practical and Experimental Writers include the names of Law and Berridge, of Bishop Horne, of James Hervey, and John Newton; and amongst its Sacred Poets, besides Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts, stand out conspicuous, Kenn, Addison, and Young, Augustus Toplady, and William Cowper. These illustrious authors and their cotemporaries will conclude the present series, unless, on some future day, the pleasant memories of his native land should induce the compiler to give a volume to the worthies of North Britain. The names of Knox and Buchanan, of Rollock and James Melville, of Leighton, Scougall, and Hugh Binning, of Boston and the Erskines, of Logan, Beattie, Pollock, of Thomson, Chalmers, and M'Cheyne, are enough to shew that the Christian

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