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BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the twenty-sixth day of July, in the fortyfifth year of the independence of the United States of America, A. D. 1820, N. G. MAXWELL of said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States entitled, "An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned."-And also to the Act, entitled "An Act supplementary to the act, entitled, An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."

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In offering the following Discourses to the publick, it may be proper to observe, that, never having been corrected for the press by the author, they must, necessarily, appear in a less finished form than if prepared for publication by his own hand; and, it is hoped, that this observation will suffice to insure for them a candid and liberal reception.

In the selection of Sermons for the present volume, great pains have been taken so to vary the subjects, as to render them interesting and useful to all denominations of Christians. The pious reader will find the leading truths of religion, both doctrinal and preceptive, so far as they are treated in these Discourses, ably and satisfactorily elucidated.

The Forms of Prayer, which, in compliance with the request of a number of the author's friends, are subjoined to the Sermons, are a few of a collection which he prepared and used at an early period of his ministry. For many years before his death, his prayers were entirely extemporaneous.

There is still a large collection of Sermons and Lectures, of which one, two, or more volumes, as circumstances permit, will be published as soon as it shall be deemed expedient.

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First Sermon after the author's Ordination.

† Occasioned by the death of the late Dr. Allison, first Pastor of the First Presbyterian
Church in Baltimore,


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