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A BRIEF statement of the circumstances in which this Volume originated, may prove not unacceptable to the Reader.
In the year 1836, the Author was requested to undertake the Sunday Afternoon Lectureship of St. Mark's, Pentonville, in the district where he resides; and, finding this' office to be compatible with his other engagements, he did not hesitate to accept the appointment. He did this with the more readiness, having been for several years precluded, by family sickness, from occupying his proper sphere as a Village Pastor.- For the kindness which he has experienced during the discharge of this duty, the Congregation are entreated to accept his sincere thanks.
After a time, it was understood to be the wish of some of his hearers, that a selection of these discourses
should be presented to them through the medium of the Press. With this wish, also, the Author was not unwilling to comply; having had many testimonies to the acceptableness of his former contributions to the stock of · Parochial and Domestic Reading.'
May“ the good Lord” water with his blessing the seed which is here sown, and cause it to bring forth an abundant harvest, to the glory of His own Name; for Jesus Christ's sake! Amen.
THE REMEDY FOR CAREFULNESS.
ELISHA AND KING JOASH.
2 Kings xiii. 14.—Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness
whereof he died. And Joash, the king of Israel, came down
unto him, and wept over his face, and said, Oh, my father,
my father! the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen there-
THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB.