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contained in it,) we have brought the de-
To conclude'; if, whilst others of my brethren have been laudably engaged in reforming the lives, and regulating the conduct of their fellow Christians by handling practical subjects, I have judged it more suitable to lay before them' a conu nected series of Discourses on one great and fundamental doctrine; from the consideration that some circumstances have led me to trace qur common faith to the fountain head, more than many others have been induced to do'; and to study and contemplate some of the abstruser points of religion, more perhaps than most of my brethren under different circumstances have deemed necessary; I trust that my present undertaking will not, hy a candid Public, be imputed to an affectation of displaying deep reading, but to the wish of contributing, in the way I judged myself best qualificd, to the support of a cause, in which I am professionally engaged, and to which I am most cordially attached.
Whilst in return for any satisfaction the reader may derive from the perusal of my pages, and from this humble though ear
nest endeavour to maintain " the faith
Altar one, one bishop