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Preached at the Induction of the late Rev. THOMAS CHALMERS,
D.D., into the Church of St. Jobn's, Glasgow, in 1819.
Intended as a Sequel to THE COVENANTS, (which embrace all the
of the Dying.
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS FRANCIS ALBERT AUGUSTUS
CHARLES EMANUEL, Duke of Saxe, Prince of Coburg and Gotha, Consort of Her Most Excellent Majesty (Alexandrina) Victoria, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen,
Defender of the Faith,
Is most respectfully Inscribed, as a Sincere, though Humble
Tribute of Admiration of the Conduct of His Royal Highness, so gratifying to our Excellent Queen, and to the really Religious and Loyal People of the Nation, and so Honourable to Himself, by his Most Obedient and Devoted Ser. vant,
May it please your Royal Highness to accept of the Volume herewith dedicated and presented, however plainly and im. perfectly written, and closely and even inaccurately printed ; and to compare it with the Bible, the only infallible rule of faith and manners, and the sole foundation of the religion of Protestants, and judge whether God or man is to be believed and obeyed. Dr. Pye Smith has correctly originated, and stated the case, as not only the prevailing opinion, but firm and unchangeable conviction and belief, founded on the Divine testimony of, Thus saith the Lord, Exod. xx. 11; Gen. i., (p. 505.) The reason annexed to the Fourth Commandment, stating why the Sabbath was instituted, and to be perpetually observed, erects the first insuperable bar to geology; and the divinely connected, simple, unambiguous narrative of Moses, (pp. 535, 576, 601, 606, 609, 637,) written after, and tallying with it, forms the second ; and all the ingenuity of the great adversary, will never get mankind over either of these. Revelation xiii. 8, however far distant apparently, in point of time, from the first prediction and promise, but at latest, the death of righteous Abel, rises as the third ; and that threefold cord (taking language according to the explanation of the Lord President, pp. 597, 690, and Lord Cunninghame of the Court of Session, p. 734) can never be broken. Between these extremes of revelation, the Omniscient Jehovah alone can see how many portions of His true and faithful Word denounce the awful impiety of anti-Noahic geology. Your Royal Highness, in the words of Lord John Russel, divesting yourself of any preformed opinion, will, there can be no doubt, make the gratuitous assertions, assumptions, deductions, and inferences of men, give place to tbe immutable declarations of God. Whatever II. Miller, Messrs. Powell or Sedgwick, may boldly assert, there is no geologic evidence of any kind, name or degree, primary or direct, derivative, analogical, deductive, or circumstantial. It is absolutely cox et preterea nihil. After the explanation attempted to be given from pp. 582 to 588, your Royal Highness will never allow the mind of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the heir-apparent to the Britisb Crown, to imbibe the deadly poison, doubly distilled, by Prof. Powell and Dr. Smith, (pp. 578, 579.) Your Royal Highness will indubitably attempt to keep your own mind, and that of your royal offspring, pure as the light, and unsullied as the driven snow. Dr. Smith's address to the sons of science; his apology for Dr. Buckland and Archbishop Sumner ; and his gentle castigation of the Rev. W. V. Harcourt, (pp. 573, 574, 575, 576,) to pass a hundred passages equally cogent, fully support the charge of Mr. A. Booth, (p. 590.) Mr. Harcourt, and Alippant and ignorant clergymen like him who challenge the absolute correctness of Divine philosophy, whenever the Bible incidentally touches it, should be reminded of the apposite words of the Psalmist, (Psal. xciv. 8, 11,) Understand, ye brutish among the people ; and ye fools, when will ye be wise ? He that planted the ear, shall He not hear ? He that formed the eye, shall He not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall He not correct ? He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not He know? The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man that they are vanity. Can these priests who handle the Bible like him, or even allow it to be rudely touched, without crying, Treason, treason ! stand between the living and the dead? Are they on the Lord's side? Do their lips keep knowledge ? After reading all that Dr. Smith has selected from them, can your Royal