Excerpt from A Series of Discourses on the Leading Doctrines and Duties of Christianity, Vol. 1 of 4
A new edition of those sermons which you have deigned to honor with your approbation is shortly to be published, and various considerations have induced me to solicit the liberty of 'oﬂbring them to your patronage. Angels, who excel us in rank and intelligence, no less than in strength, are looking into the mysteries of 'redeeming love these subjects therefore cannot be deemed unworthy the attention of the most exalted among men: Yet it must be cousi dered an additional 'honor to our holy reli gion, and 'an additional evidence of its real ity when it is professed and patronized by those who move in the superior walks of life; who are distinguished by their birth, their fortune, theieeducation, and those various virtues private and public which constitute the chief ornament'of the man and the chris tian. The testimony. Of such tends to si lence the common, although erroneous, sen timent that: religion is' fitted. Only for the vulgar, for persons of contractcdtiunderstan dings, of illiberal learning, and 'whoare des.
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