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upon the acceffion of the prefent family to the throne, will be found deferving particular attention in fuch a period as the prefent. It must be a public benefit to have fuch a favoury entertainment made acceffible, through the Prefs, to all who regard the means of their own spiritual improvement, or that of others; and we hope, that, through the divine bleffing, the long-prevailing rage for frivolous or dangerous reading, may, in fome measure, be counteracted, by fuch folid and useful publications as the present.
THUS far we have taken the liberty to exprefs ourselves, in compliance with the request of those concerned in the present Publication.
ARCH. BRUCE, Minister of the Gospel at Whitburn.
HE Author of the Difcourfes now of
fered to the Public, is fo univerfally known, and his character as a practical and evangelical writer is fo fully established with religious perfons of all denominations, that, in regard to the prefent Publication, it may fuffice to state, that the Discourses in this and the fucceeding Volumes, àre all of them upon important Subjects; fome of them uncommon and ftriking. They were compofed by the Author in the early part of his ministry, and in the most vigorous period of his life, as will appear by the dates prefixed to them; on which account, as well as to distinguish them from preceding Publications by the fame Author, though they are the laft offered to the Public, they appear under the title PRIMITIÆ; and as the whole of the remaining Manuscripts of the hand-writing of the worthy Author, as far as is known, are in the poffeffion of the pre
fent Publishers, for the purpose of accomplishing the present publication, the title ULTIMA is added; intimating, that it is almoft certain, that they are the Last Remains that will meet the public eye, as a genuine production from the pen of this able Divine.
After the ample recommendation by the Author's near relation, and two other refpectable clergymen, contained in the preceding pages, it will be neceffary only farther to add, that these Discourses have been faithfully tranfcribed from the originals in the Author's hand-writing, and correctly printed from them. It is not doubted but that these volumes will be highly acceptable to the religious of all denominations, who, we truft, will unite with the Editor and Publishers, in fincere and fervent prayers, that, through the divine bleffing, they may be extenfively useful.