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THE Reverend JAMES Saurin, the author of the ensuing discourses, was born at Nismes, a noted city of France, in 1677. His father was a lawyer, eminent for his learning and eloquence, of the protestant profeffion, who, upon the revocation of the edict of Nantz, retired to Geneva, where he ended his days. James removed with him, and was educated under some of the most learned and pious profeffors of the age.
Having completed his studies, in 1700. he visited England, where he Fesided nearly five years, and was remarkably acceptable as a preacher among his fellow exiles in the city of London.
“ His style," says the translator of his fermons, the Reverend Robert Robinson, “was pure, unaffected, and eloquent, sometimes plain, sometimes flowery ; but never improper, as it was always adapted to the audience for whole fake he spoke."
In 1705, a chaplainship to some of the nobility at the Hague was offered him, which he accepted. Here he continued till his death, He was constantly attended by a very crowded and brilliant assembly. He was heard with the utmost attention, and his ministerial labors were abundant-. ly blessed by the great Head of the church.
He departed this life, for a better, on the 30th of December, 1730, at the age of
52, sincerely and universally regretted by the people of his charge, and by all, who had the happiness of an acquaintance with him.
Mr. Saurin's printed sermons are comprised in twelve volumes. From those, which have been translated, this selection has been carefully made by a gentleman of leisure, judgment, and taste.
To those, who have not had opportunity for perusing the sermons of this celebrated divine, the following recommendation may not be unacceptable.
Approbation of the Walloon Church at
Dort, employed by the Synod of
“ WE have found nothing in all these sermons,contrary to the doctrine received among us.
We have remarked everywhere, a manly eloquence; a close reasoning ; an imagination, lively and proper, to estab
, lish the Truth of our holy religion ; and to explain, substantially and elegantly, the doctrines of morality. Accordingly, we believe they will effectually contribute to edify the Church, and to render more and more respecte able the memory of this worthy fervant of God; whose death, the examination of his works, hath given us a fresh occasion to lament. We attest this to the venerable Synod at Utrecht. In the fame sentiments, we send the present attestation to our dear brother, Mr. Dumont, pastor and profeffor at Rotterdam, whom the late
Mr. Saurin appointed, by his will, to take the charge of publishing such of his works as were fit for the press. Done at the Confiftory of the Wal
loon Church, at Dort, May 2oth, 1731, and figned by order of all, by H. G. Certon, Postor. S. Comperat, Pastor. Adrian Bruets Jacobz, Elder. John Backris, Elder. John Van Breda, Deacon. Simon Taay Van Campen, Deac."