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in their families and in retirement, discourses to which they had always listened with satisfaction.
Those to whom the selection for the publick has been committed, are aware, that there are many errours given in these volumes to the world, as Dr. Buist's, for which they alone are responsible. They trust, that every allowance will be made for a posthumous work; for the difference between a copy used by the preacher for his text, and the delivery itself ; for deficiencies, supplied in the course of exhortation, from the eruberance of the mind; in short, for the many blemishes, which the authour, who knew his whole ground, was adequate to turn into beauties.
It is to be lamented, that the reverend authour had not lived to prepare a selection of his Sermons for publication ; they would have been worthy of any man. His friends now give these to the world, trusting that they will be useful, knowing that they cannot but be interesting ; and, as they are addressed to christians, they hope that christian charity will cover all their infirmities, and christian knowlege supply all' their deficiencies.
On the tendency of afflictions to form the christian