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BY THE LATE
JOHN FARQUHAR, M. A.
MINISTER AT NIGG.
GEORGE CAMPBELL, D.D.
PRINCIPAL OF MARISCHAL COLLEGE:
ALEXANDER GERARD, D. D.
PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN KING'S COLLEGE, ABERDEEN.
THE FOURTH EDITION.
PRINTED FOR T. CADELL, IN THE STRAND.
IT will not be improper to acquaint the reader, that the author of the following Sermons did not compose them with a view to their publication. So far from it, that the greater part of them had been so hastily written, that the copies were in many places fcarce legible, and fome of the best of them in the judgment of the publishers, which they could not refuse a place in this collection, either had been left unfinished at first, or have been mutilated fince by accident. Thefe, however, they choose to lay before the public, in the condition in which they found them, rather than by fupplying fuch defects, to use what they thought an undue liberty with their deceafed friend, whofe manner and fentiments were very much his own. The only merit they claim is the arrangement of them, and the correction of fome trifling negligences in the language. Whether they have done right in publishing them, the
the public itself will judge. The best apology they have to offer, is their own persua¬ fion that these difcourfes, with all their im¬ perfections, have great merit, and may be
of confiderable use.
Mr. Farquhar's character they need not here attempt to delineate. To the judicious and attentive reader fuch an attempt would be unneceffary. He will difcover it in this volume very strongly marked. Never did any performance exhibit a more genuine tranfcript of the difpofition and fentiments of its author, than this does of the difpofition and fentiments of that valuable and amiable man. It is much to be regretted, that it had not the advantage of his own correction and review. But as it is, and with all the inequality in respect of compofition, that may be obferved in these fermons, a good judge will not be at a loss to discern in the preacher an eminent clearnefs of apprehenfion, correctness of tafte, a lively imagination, and delicate fenfibility to all the finest feelings of which human nature is fufceptible.
1 THESS. V. 16.
JOHN XV. 15.
Henceforth I call you not fervants, for the fervant knoweth not what his Lord doth: but I have called you friends. P. 26
And Hazael faid, But what, is thy fervant a dog, that he should do this great thing?
Aers xxiv. 25.
And as he reafoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled.
PSALM 1xxiii. 28.
But it is good for me to draw near to God. P. 83.