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As the two following volumes consist wholly of sermons, it may be firosher to introduce them with a few firefatory remarks. It was the original design of the Epiton, as stated in the Proposals, to bring into this collection of President Edwards's Works, every thing which had come before the fublic from his fien. It was beside his hofie, to be able to add something from his manuscripts which had never before been foublished. All this, it was thought, might be comprised within the limits of eight octavo volumes, of five hundred flages or usivards each. This calculation was not founded usion a minute estimate, nor had it the sanction of eacherience. It was general ; and affears, as ove have hrogressed in the work, to be inadequate. It would require at least another volume to fulfil the original design; notwithstanding the tysie is smaller than that which at first it was firoshosed to use. For this error in estimate, the EpitoR is willing as much blame should attach to him as it deserves. At the same time he is consoled with the reflection, that, as no injury was designed, none actually accrues, to his subscribers. The volumes, as they are given, are really worth more, by considerable, than the Proposals warranted them to erfect. ...As the times were uncommonly difficult, and the subscrisition so small as scarcely to justify a froceeding with the work, it was thought, on the whole, not advisable to add another volume. This judgment met the entire acquiescence of several resflectable gentlemen, farticularly friendly to Mr. Edw AR ps's Writings, who were consulted on the subject. If however the subscribers are desirous to have the work go to the comflete extent, at first intended, and, for the sake of it, are willing to be at an exhense firofortionate to that at which the eight volumes come to them ; and will signify it, a sufflementary volume shall be added. Ercefit the Sermon delivered at Newhaven 1741, upon the distinguishing marks of a work of the Spirit of God ; I John iv. 1, the leading thoughts of which, more maturely digested and with fuller illustrations, are brought into view in the fliece which Mr. Edwards afterwards fublished, and which the reader has had before him in the third volume, entitled, Thoughts on the Revival of Religion in Newengland; nothing is omitted but what is fosthumous, and never had the finishing hand of the author. ...And, if comflarison is to be indulged among works so generally excellent, that which is omitted, either because the subject had been already discussed in some form before, or because in some resflect more imperfect than it could have gone from the hand of the author, if it had by him been fireflared for the firess; has firobably the least claim to an honorable fireservation. The Sermons which are fut into these two volumes may be considered as a liberal selection. They give a fair sfiecimen of Mr. Edwards's talents and manner, as a comfloser of sermons. In them we are not to look for brilliancy of conceñtion or fiolished periods. That shlendid eloquence, without which the fastidiousness of modern taste is scarce ever satisfied, was altogether beneath Mr. EDw ARDs's care. He had too high a sense of the worth of simfile, unadorned truth, to think he could have any valuable recommendations from dress. He fireached to a filain auditory, and his firincipal aim was to be understood. He wished to reach the consciences and hearts of his hearers ; not to filay with their imaginations. The Sermons have therefore a farticular character, and we venture to say the best character. Embellishment, sharingly bestowed, might heighten, but could not materially add to their value. They corresfond with the sinfile, wnadorned manner of Him, who sfiake as never man shake. They exhibit a mind singularly sfiritual and heavenly; so deeply conversant with objects of faith as almost to forget it had any temporal concerns. They are grave and solemn. They descend to particulars, and survey the whole ground of duty and of guilt. They fursue the sinner into all his lurking filaces, and lay before #im the only foundation on which his hofie can warrantably rest. While the most flofular modern sermons entirely fail of the firofier object of Gosfiel fireaching, these most successfully obtain it. The reader is comfielled to think ; and e feels evidence. Obligation arrests him, with a sensibility of which he was never conscious before, and he realizes, with astonishment at his fast stufidity, the awful and everlasting scenes which await him. Fearfulness surfirizes the hysiocrite, and the sincere Christian only is comforted. The Sermons are not divided as they were in the fireaching of them, and as they have affeared in former fublications. It was thought best to flut all those together which were drawn jrom one text, so that they may stand in the form of a single continued discourse. If the reader wishes to make a fiause, he will meet with no difficulty in finding the firosher filace for it. The doctrine of justification by faith alone is handled, in the first sermon, with the care and ingenuity which mark all the writings of this great divine. Yet he was not infallible. And the statement which he gives of this doctrine, though in the main certainly correct, should not be received in every fart of it with imsilicit credit. It deserves to be considered carefully whether the believer, besides receiving the comflete remission of his sins, can be a subject imputatively of such an obedience to the law as exactly meets its demands, and as entitles him in justice to glory. It is a serious question whether such obedience and forgiveness are reconcileable, as meeting in the same fierson. The views which the author sometimes gives of the firofiriety and necessity of the sinner’s strivings, while imshenitent, to obtain converting grace, are firobably to be admitted also with some diffidence.

Worc EstER, MARch, 1809.

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