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PREFACE.

THE

HE selection of sermons, for this volume, has

been made strictly with a view to meet the wishes of friends to have a memorial of one whom they loved. In the huge mass of manuscripts left by Mr. Moir, there is much that might prove no mean contribution to our theological and exegetical literature. But, in such a work as this, it has been

deemed advisable to confine the selection to a few

from among what may be considered as the more practical discourses. It was in the preaching of such that he had the greatest personal satisfaction, and we know that it is in connection with sermons

of this class that he desired to live in the memory

of his friends. The sermon that gives the name to this volume strikes the key-note of his ministry. It is but just to add that these sermons were not written by Mr. Moir with prospect of publication. And, as the manuscript was seldom used in the pulpit, his friends will miss, not only the voice of the preacher, but also some of those burning thoughts, with which, frequently, the feelings of the moment found expression.

All that has been attempted in the brief memoir, published along with these sermons, has been, while the impression is vivid, to endeavour to catch and retain, in brief outline, a sketch to place in the

hands of friends.

And if in this we seem to have

looked through somewhat partial eyes, it may be none the less true, and none the less appreciated.

A. H. M.

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