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INTRODUCTORY ESSAY

ON THE

LIFE AND TIMES OF THE AUTHOR,

BY

ALBERT BARNES.

PRESIDENT DAVIES' Sermons, in the editions which have been heretofore published in this country, have been preceded by the following discourses: (1.) A sermon entitled “The disinterested and devoted Christian, preached at Nassau Hall, Princeton, May 28, 1761; occasioned by the death of the Rev. Samuel Davies, A.M., late President of the College of New Jersey, by Samuel Finley, D.D., President of the said college," on Rom. xiv. 7, 8. (2.) A brief " Appendix” annexed to the above sermon, containing some of the leading facts in the life of President Davies. (3.) Two sermons entitled, “ Divine Conduct Vindicated,” preached at Haberdashers' Hall, London, March 29, 1761, on the decease of President Davies, by Thomas Gibbons, D.D. (4.) An essay on the character of President Davies, by Rev. David Bostwick, M.A., of New York.

In issuing a new edition of these sermons from the press, it has been thought best to omit these discourses; to arrange the facts in regard to the life of President Davies which they furnish; to add such other facts as could be obtained from other sources, and to suggest some considerations which might illustrate the nature of the ministry which is demanded in the present age. Much of the matter found in the discourses prefixed to the former editions has little relevancy to the questions which are asked

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