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IN presenting to his readers the eleventh volume of the Christian Advocate, the Editor has little more to say, than to renew his devout acknowledgments to a merciful God, for the prolonging of his life, and for crowning it, as heretofore, with innumerable blessings, both temporal and spiritual; and especially for the continuance, at an advanced age, of some capacity for active employment in the service of his adored Redeemer; and while the Divine goodness is thus recognised as demanding the highest and warmest gratitude, to express also, the sincere thanks which he feels to be due to those who have long remained the steadfast patrons of this publication, as well as to those—a respectable number—who in the year past have added their names to the list of his subscribers.
Leaving the contents of the volume to which this preface is af. fixed, to speak for themselves, he will avail himself of the opportunity which it presents, to say a few words in regard to the future. Having completed the publication of the course of lectures on the Shorter Catechism, he proposes to substitute in their place, the monthly issuing of a popular sermon. Not certain, however, that this will prove acceptable to his readers generally, he will abandon the plan if, on experiment, he shall find that it would be more agreeable and useful, that the space assigned to the sermons should be filled with other religious communications, of a doctrinal and practical kind. The sermons inserted in the Advocate, when not otherwise stated, will be of the editor's own composition; of which a large number are lying by him, which were delivered to the people of his charge, during the six-and-twenty years that he sustained the pastoral relation, in the Second Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. He once intended to prepare for the press as many of these discourses as would fill two volumes; but he now believes that all he shall publish, will be those that may appear in the Christian Advocate.
It is intended hereafter to insert a greater number of brief notices of new publications, than have been lately admitted into this
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